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Essential Fatty Acids Really Are Essential

Written by Rachel Robertson on May 28th, 2014.      0 comments

 
Omega’s are so essential to the health of every cell in our body, yet there is a lack of understanding about what we really need and what really works. EFAD skin's need to be treated with extra care, what ingredients should we be looking out for?

Sources of Omega’s
Omega 3 Fish Oils Kiwi Seed Oil
Flax Seed Oil Soybean Oil Hemp Seed Oil Camelina Oil
 
Omega 6
Borage Oil
Evening Primrose Oil Olive Oil
Safflower Oil Blackcurrent Oil Sunflower Oil Spirulina

Omega 9 – No longer classed as an Essential fatty Acid, high quantities are found in the following.
Olive Oil Almond Oil Canola Oil Palmberry Pulp

Omega 9 is now seen as not being a necessary Essential Fatty Acid in our diet, it is thought that we now have an over-abundance of Omega 6 and 9 and are deficient in Omega 3.
 
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This is something I see time and time again when using digital analysing equipment. Lipid levels being well below balanced and clients barrier defence system has been compromised.
 
An EFA Deficient skin will show some very obvious signs including lipofuscins, lipid peroxidation, milia, slow keratinocyte action, poor alignment of bilayers and cellular inflammation.
 
EFA’s (essential fatty acids) aside from Omega 9 are not metabolised by the body. So how do we get them? Diet and topical application are the 2 ways a client can increase their skin barrier defence.
Recommendations for Omega 3 internal intake - Preferably from a fish form 3000mg per day – General Skin maintenance
6000mg per day – Skin Condition
9000mg per day – Menopause
 
Topical Application – has both an immediate and long term effect on every single cell system and function.
 
Kiwi Seed Oil, contains the highest amount of Omega 3 from a plant source. Containing 61% ALA. Prologic Omega 3 Treatment Oil is the only pure Kiwi Seed oil available to professional therapists.
 
Treating a EFA deficient skin, will take time. The skin barrier defence system has been compromised. Firstly to increase epidermal lipids we need to look at what ingredients will have a similar effect to the typical composition of skin surface lipids.
 
Omega 3 – as I have said before topical application of Kiwi Seed Oil
 
Squalene – the original form of this is from shark oil, however new plant extracts are starting to come through in skin care formulations. The best source being from Rice Bran.
 
Phospholipids – Lecithin, extracted from Soybean
 
Biomimetic Epidermal Lipids – Alpha Lipoic Acid and Beta Carotene are great examples.

Article supplied y Rachel Robertson - Creator of Prologic Skin Care.
Website: www.prologicskincare.co.nz
 
Prologic prides itself in formulating it's products to effectively offer your clients exactly what their skin needs. Skin barrier needs to be repaired first before targeting any other specific concerns, without doing this you are not creating healthy building blocks. The results will be slow and skin will not respond to treatment.
Prologic educates it's therapists about exactly the best way to give great healthy skin.

 


 
 
 

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