I love a decent face cream, body moisturiser and facial as much as the next gal, but did you know that one of the most effective routes to building smoother, softer, more hydrated and youthful skin can also come from eating the right types of fat each day?
Essential Fatty Acids
Most people don’t believe me when I tell them this, and many of us have been conditioned to fear dietary fat. But essential fatty acids (EFAs) are needed for optimal skin and overall health, and cannot be made in the body. Therefore, it is crucial to include the right balance of EFAs in your daily diet from specific foods. These include omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
Achieving the Balance
People often eat too many omega-6 fats found in vegetable oils and margarine, yet plenty of adults may be borderline deficient in omega-3 fats. Its therefore important to focus more on omega-3 foods to achieve a healthy balance.
Want to Include More Omega-3 in Your Diet?
My fave plant-based food sources include flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, raw walnuts, leafy green vegetables, micro-algae such as chlorella and spirulina, and avocado. In fact, micro-algae is the finest source of these essential nutrients because the oil has the optimum balance of DHA to EPA and your body puts it directly to work without the multi-step conversion processes of other omega-3 forms. It’s available in tablet or powdered form from most good health food shops and some supermarkets.
It’s an added beauty incentive that your skin is one of the first places you will really notice an improvement in when you start adding more healthy fats to your diet. Mine became softer, smoother and less prone to dryness, especially during the winter months.
If you’re a fish fan, oily fish including mackerel, salmon and sardines are also excellent sources.