How Fatty Acids Can Benefit Your Skin
You probably remember hearing about fatty acids the last time you were being lectured about the importance of a well-balanced diet. Not to be confused with saturated fats, fatty acids are known to support a healthy lifestyle. But can fatty acids also have benefits for your skin? Here to give us the lowdown on fatty acids is SkinCeuticals Partner and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Karan Sra.
What Are Fatty Acids?
There are different types of essential fatty acids, but the most common we hear about used in skin care products are omega-3 fatty acids. “Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients found in foods such as fish, nuts and seeds,” says Dr. Sra. They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also work to regulate genetic function and play protective roles for certain conditions such as heart disease.
Are there any known Skin-Care Benefits of Fatty Acids?
“Fatty acids are essential for the formation of healthy skin cell membranes,” says Dr. Sra. “They help by maintaining the skin barrier and locking in moisture.” If you don’t know, your skin’s moisture barrier acts like a shield for your skin. It helps keep your skin’s surface protected from harmful external factors that can cause irritations, itching, redness, breakouts or even dryness.
How Can You Include Fatty Acids Into Your Routine?
The best way to obtain essential fatty acids is through your diet. “Most studies suggest that a nutrient-rich diet from foods such as fish, nuts and seeds, which are high in omega fatty acids are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.” Additionally, she recommends looking for skin-care products that incorporate fatty acids in their formulas, such as SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, which is formulated with 2% fatty acids. This product is designed to help correct signs of aging by improving the look of your skin’s texture, tone and smoothness while promoting overall radiance.