Great Looking Skin strikes many as a luxury that you’re either born with or not.
It’s also pretty hard to ignore. If you could somehow stretch it all out, your skin would cover an area of 22 square feet and accounts for nearly 16% of your total weight.
Fortunately, we actually have a lot of control over how our skin looks. In fact, one of the biggest things influencing healthy skin is essential fatty acids (EFAs) — which come directly from our diet.
Since EFAs like EPA and DHA omega-3 fats are concentrated inside skin cells, they are directly related to the health and appearance of your skin.
Studies show EFAs benefit skin by:
- Providing the outer structure of skin cells
- Increasing collagen production
- Promoting blood-flow and circulation
- Delivering prostaglandins that reduce inflammation
Think about it…
The same internal processes that carry oxygen, blood and nutrients to your major organs are also responsible for nourishing your skin…and that’s why skin is often an important external clue about your internal health.
Even so, it’s the first thing your body ignores when it’s not happy.
In fact, the second you run out of EFAs that “fuel” your important body parts — your skin starts to show visible signs of damage.
EFAs are essential for healthy skin
EFA and omega-3 deficiencies routinely show up months or years in the form of premature aging, dry skin, eczema, and blemishes before turning into chronic health problems.
Similarly, EFA imbalances, like too much omega-6 are typically associated with problems like acne and psoriasis, and wrinkles.
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So, what can you do NOW to get great looking skin?
Being proactive about skin health, according to Lisa Petty, Canadian health advocate and author of Living Beauty, starts with determining what your total omega-3 levels are.
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You can get this score by taking a standard blood test that measures total EFAs. A reasonable goal to aim for is 50% total omega-3s, and can easily be achieved through supplementing with high quality fish oils. A score of 75% is even better.
An easier and much cheaper way to estimate your omega-3 levels is to look in the mirror…which you probably do a million times a day anyway.
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Don’t ignore these early warning signs…
Common skin problems that are normally viewed as minor nuisances can clue you in that something isn’t right. Watch for these warning signs the next time you’re in the mirror:
- Dry skin
- Early wrinkles and fine lines
The Fact Is, you’ll probably be interested in skin care long before you start caring about things like preventing heart attacks or lowering cholesterol. You have a lot of control over the health and appearance of your skin, use it!