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Beauty from Within

Written by Janine Tait on September 16th, 2014.      0 comments

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In my early years as a newly trained beauty therapist the biggest question I had when choosing a skin care range was “are the active ingredients capable of penetrating into the dermis where they can do the most good?”   Unfortunately this is not an easy thing to accomplish because the main function of our skin is to act as a barrier and it is designed to prevent things from doing exactly that!

What I have realized over the years is that we have one of the most amazing, efficient and direct delivery systems already built in to our skin; the blood circulation.  I am not alone in this realization and Dermonutrition (food for the skin) is a growing area of research, now representing a multi-billion dollar industry overseas.
When it comes to nutrition, out of all the foods researched for skin benefits the Essential Fatty Acids appear to be the ‘stars’ offering assistance in the treatment of a wide range of skin conditions as well as generally improving skin’s hydration and beauty.

Essential fatty acids are a wonderful food for skin. They are your edible cosmetics, making your skin soft, smooth and velvety.
 
What can Essential Fatty Acids do for your skin?
 
  • EFA’s moisturise your skin from the inside.Your skin care products only penetrate so far whereas the EFA’s moisturise the deepest layers of your skin.In addition, as your skin cells move up though the layers toward your skin’s surface, they carry the moisturising, protective effect of the EFA’s with them.
  •  They keep your skin supple and smooth and help maintain the hydration of your skin.
  • When rich in EFAs, the sebum that naturally makes its way onto the surface of the skin forms a healing, anti-inflammatory, protective outer layer for your skin.
  • EFAs prevent skin congestion and ‘breakouts’ and can even help dissolve existing blockages.
  • They help make cell walls more permeable, ensuring nutrients can be absorbed and waste removed, so your skin looks more vital.
  • EFA’s can help treat any skin problems ranging from acne to increased sensitivity, from over oiliness to excessive dryness.
 Other beautifying actions of EFA’s
 
  • Make hair and nails visibly stronger and healthier, promoting faster growth
  •  Lessen the incidence of ingrown hairs due to smoother, more supple follicles
  •  Help us lose weight by reducing fat production in the body and increasing fat burning and heat production in the body. They shift the body from burning glucose to burning fat.
  •  Has an anti-inflammatory effect.
It is also interesting to note that, contrary to popular belief, it is not the Omega 3 fats that are the most important for skin health but the Omega 6 family of fats.  They are required for our bodies to produce the most important ceramide needed for skin health and beauty.  There are many different ceramides found in our skin, in fact nine different sub-classes have been identified.  However, one sub-class, made up of three different ceramides, all contain Omega 6 in the form of linoleic acid. These are known as EOS, EOP and EOH (acylCERs).   These acylCERs play a vital role in the formation of the lipid bi-layers found between the cells of the stratum corneum, keeping the skin strong and resilient. The integrity of the barrier effect of the skin depends on these interlocking sheets of lipids that act as a type of mortar around the corneocytes.  Within two weeks of a fat free diet, plasma levels of linoleic acid significantly decrease and an abnormal fatty acid, made from oleic acid, makes its appearance.   This fatty acid results in dry, inflamed skin.
 
Another benefit Omega 6’s offer your skin is by keeping your sebum flowing and helping to prevent comedones. If your sebum is deficient in Omega 6 it will become dry and more likely to block your pores.
 
I wholeheartedly believe that if there is just one, single ritual your clients do for their skin from the inside, it’s to take EFA’s as part of their everyday diet.  

Article supplied by Janine Tait, Founder & Creator of Bestow Beauty.
 

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