For such a long time fats were perceived as a bad thing, something to avoid in our diets. Thankfully, people are realising that fat isn’t the enemy. Good fats in your diet make such a difference and are essential for smooth supple skin that glows with health. They moisturise the skin from within and improve skin’s elasticity and plumpness.
Why Essential Fatty Acids Are So Important For Skin Health
Free fatty acids are what make up fats and oils, and they are a vital component of healthy cell membranes. They also form part of what is known as the epidermal lipids and sebum.
The epidermal lipids form part of your skin’s natural barrier function – this is the waterproof barrier that protects your skin and keeps harmful substances out. The barrier function’s health and its functioning has a big impact on your skin’s health and how it looks and feels.
A Lack Of Essential Fats Will Impair Your Skin’s Natural Barrier Function
A diet that is lacking in essential fatty acids will feel dry and possibly flakey. They are known as essential fatty acids because they are exactly that – essential. An impaired barrier function from the lack of fats will mean that there is water loss from the skin. The water loss means it will most likely be dehydrated as well as dry.
Skin that is dehydrated won’t function properly, so it will appear tired and lifeless. It will be lacking in volume and plumpness, with lines and wrinkles being exacerbated. Natural cell turnover will slow down and there will be a build up of dead surface skin cells that contribute to the dull appearance.
Plump Juicy Skin From Within
Including good fats and oils in your diet will help skin to feel moisturised from within. Skin will feel thicker and more supple. It will also feel plumped up with improved elasticity and cell membranes will be healthy and strong. The skin’s natural barrier function will be stronger and offer better protection from unwanted substances entering the skin, so there is less chance of inflammation and infection. The healthy barrier means that the skin will retain more water – which will improve the skin’s volume and plumpness, giving it that ‘juicy’ healthy look of supple skin that is hydrated, moisturised and healthy, rather than resembling the skin of a fruit that is losing its moisture. Fruit that is dried out, lacking in volume and with surface lines and wrinkles.
Foods that Promote Healthy and Supple Skin that Glows
Good fats to include in your diet that promote your skin’s health and improve the elasticity of skin are:
Nuts and seeds. The best sources of omega 3 are walnuts, chia and flaxseeds. Oils – Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and avocados. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, and also high-quality and high-strength omega 3 fish oil supplements.
Skincare product-wise, using products that contain ingredients such as ceramides and natural plant oils can improve how your skin looks and feels too, helping you to achieve healthy glowing skin that feels great.