The Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids for Skin

Healthy fats known as essential fatty acids are an important part of a healthy diet and healthy skin care.  Essential fatty acids include Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as polyunsaturated fats, all of which our bodies cannot produce on their own. 

Essential Fatty Acids Benefits for Skin

Essential fatty acids help improve our skin quality and slow the aging process.  When consumed in a well-balanced diet and applied topically, essential fatty acids support cell membranes that give structure to cells and are responsible for regulating nutrient intake and expelling waste products from cells.  Strong, healthy cells are better able to function and perform exponentially well for our bodies.  They divide quickly, generating a new crop of young, healthy cells.  They also accept and synthesize nutrients and water that perpetuate a healthy state. 

Another key benefit of essential fatty acids is that they help lock in moisture within cells.  Cells that retain water are plumper, creating smooth lines and soft skin textures.  Moisture content is also related to collagen production.  So cells that are better hydrated produce more connective tissue to remain firm without wrinkling and sagging.  Research indicates that essential fatty acids help protect skin by reducing sun damage after UV exposure.  This decreases the risk of free radical oxidation of cells that can cause cancer and other diseases. 

Healthy skin is also dependant on the production of natural sebum oil that coats and protects our skin.  Essential fatty acids encourage secretions from the sebaceous glands, which hydrates, firms and fills out skin for a brighter and more youthful appearance.  Essential fatty acids also ensure pores don’t get clogged by dissolving oils and fats within the tiny holes.  Omega-3s in particular are an amazing anti-inflammatory, which aids in reducing the risk of many diseases. Additionally, this essential fatty acid helps decrease acne inflammation and attacks pimples, and it is helpful in treating dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Where to Find Essential Fatty Acids

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are the best dietary and topical sources of essential fatty acids.  Omega-3s are found in salmon, mackerel, sardines, walnuts, soy products and flax.  Omega-6s are common in poultry, whole grains and cooking oils. 

Moringa is a phenomenal source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids for both dietary and topical purposes.  That’s why it is the basis of our all-natural Natura Veda skin care line.  Along with Omega-3 and Omega-6, Moringa contains over 90 other phyto-nutrients that are vital for strong bodies and beautiful skin.  Moringa is high in oleic acid, which allows it to penetrate deeply into the epidermis thereby intensifying the delivery of essential fatty acids into layers of skin.  This direct highway to skin cells makes Moringa the best nutrient source and vehicle for healthy results. 

Natura Veda’s unique line of skin care products based on the incredible Moringa plant features a range of cleansers, creams, serums, elixirs and deep nourishing exfoliants and clay masks to bring essential fatty acids and many other nutraceuitcals to your skin.  Beautiful skin starts with a healthy diet filled with good-for-you essential fatty acids, but it also requires a topical diet of the same skin-loving nutrients.  Do your skin a double favor by feeding it essential fatty acids in every way possible.  Then watch your supple, soft, smooth, younger looking skin unfold before your eyes.


Erin Stieglitz
Erin Stieglitz

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