Get healthy fats. Soft, smooth, healthy, beautiful skin requires healthy fats. Why? Fat-soluble nutrients require them.
What to get: Healthy fats. While damaged fats contribute to skin aging, including carefully made flax, olive, avocado, MCT and Udo’s Oil in your diet helps the skin absorb nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Understand the skin nutrients. Nutrients like the vitamin E mentioned above work together with others to help your body make collagen, enzymes, DGLA, and prostaglandins to reduce skin inflammation and irritability. They also help us use the fatty acids LA and GLA to their full potential.
What to get: Magnesium and zinc, vitamin C, and B vitamins provide skin support.
Level up your fats. For beautiful skin as bright as you are, you want two fatty acids, GLA (Gamma linolenic acid) and LA (Linoleic acid).
GLA has moisture-enhancing properties which aid elasticity and firmness for skin that is smooth, not dry or flaky. GLA helps dry, saggy skin and has effectively reduced symptoms of dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and redness due to UV radiation. GLA is so important, some body parts can make it. Unfairly, the skin does not. To have GLA-rich skin, you must consume it.
Looking less wrinkled, dry, scaly, or aged—and with less skin thinning. LA is also crucial for the barrier function of our skin. Barrier function is what keeps all the water you drink in your skin. It protects against elements like sun, wind, pollution, and irritants to reduce their aging effects. To have optimal GLA levels in the body, you need LA too! If you don’t consume LA, you’ll deplete GLA.
What to get: A rich source of GLA & LA fatty acids. Dial-in your fat intake and get both GLA and LA skin-nourishing fatty acids from a source like evening primrose oil. Even though olive and avocado are healthy fats, they do not provide these fatty acids. Getting GLA and LA from evening primrose oil can regenerate skin, fight irritation,, the look of aging, and skin conditions. This oil is delicate and best taken in capsule form.
Get the best LA and GLA from the right source. Not all LA and GLA are the same. Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is a source of GLA and LA from yellow wildflower seed. It is shown to help prevent wrinkles and improve eczema. EPO is a safer source of GLA than borage which can have dangerous pyrrolizidine alkaloids. EPO is also a richer source of GLA than black currant seed. It even contains both fatty acids.
What to get: Seek out the clinically proven brand of evening primrose oil.
Get the right amount of LA and GLA. Not everyone needs the same amount; men and women’s skin differ, and aging is a factor. Men’s skin tends to be stable through life, but women have a huge drop in collagen production starting around age 40, making it easier for our skin, hair, and nails to become weak, dry, fragile, or less resilient. Women in perimenopause start to have a huge drop in fatty acids, and post-menopausal women no longer make the fatty acid GLA from other dietary sources!
How much to get: Two grams of Evening Primrose Oil daily is average, but those with sensitive skin, eczema or psoriasis need 3 or 4 grams daily. The evidence suggests that women should take an age-appropriate amount. After menopause or during perimenopausal hormone swings I suggest 3 to 4 grams of Evening Primrose Oil daily.
Give it some time and these tweaks should alter the fatty acid composition of the skin significantly. Getting the right fatty acids from healthy sources like Udo’s Oil Blend helps you put your best face forward!
Look for reduced roughness and rejoice at how well your skin maintains moisture, elasticity, and firmness.