Tackling dry skin for some can be a life long ongoing quest. For others it may be a result of these long winter months. Adding some essential fatty acids in the form of Omega 3 and 6 may help boost your skins radiance and bring it back to life in time for spring.
Omega 3 and 6 need to be taken in through the diet as the body in incapable of creating them - hence the term essential fatty acids. The ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 should be 2:1, though the typical western diet usually consumes a ratio of 6:1 or higher. This imbalance creates a deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids which may be a contributing factor to many common lifestyle diseases.
Common signs and symptoms of omega 3 deficiency include:
- Dry, scaly skin
- Soft, brittle and flaking nails
- Hyperkeratinosis (small bumps) on the upper arms and thighs
- Dry, cracked heels and cuticles
- Inflamatory skin conditions and hypersensitivity
- Decreased learning ability, memory and concentration
- Dry, unmanageable hair
- Excessive ear wax
- Frequent thirst and urination
Why so important? Omega 3 fatty acids protect, moisturise and aid hydration to maintain the skin’s elasticity and protect it from environmental damage. They have an anti-inflammatory effect (read anti-ageing!), helping to control the skin’s inflammatory response, which is particularly useful in conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea. They are also a component of sebum – the skins natural lubricant, moisturising and protecting the surface of the skin - so a perfect addition to any beauty regime for those with dry skin.
Where are they found? Essential fatty acids can be found in certain foods and added to your diet relatively easily. To get your Omega 3's increase your intake of oily fish - go for wild sustainable salmon if you can and add flaxseeds. If you feel you need an extra boost or have been battling dry skin for some time you may want to try adding a supplemental form. Below are our three top picks as prescribed by our naturopaths.
Eskimo 3 Fish Oils Often regarded as the practitioners favourite Omega 3.
- Purified to reduce toxins such as mercury and pesticides, which are often found in deep sea fish.
- Without the fish smell or taste as they are stabilsed wth the addition of Vitamin E (anti-oxidant).
Reported to be one of the world's first vegan sources of omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA.
- Sourced from organically grown algae.
- Free from toxins and contaminates.
The deluxe version - contains a full spectrum of essential fatty acids, including omega 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 and formulated for Nude Skincare by US food-state supplement company New Chapter.
- Contains supercritical extracts for up to 250 times increased potency.
- Borage, flax and olive oils replenish and moisturise.
- Omega 7, vitamin E and carotenoids protect and maintain cell membrane flexability.
- Pomegranate seed oil contains omega 5 which protects the skin and CLA which aids in fat metabolism.