DHA and Its Skin Benefit?
What are omega-3 fatty acids?
Omega fatty acids are well known for their excellent beneficial effects on our body and health.
There is a total of 11 omega-fatty acids but only 2 Omega fatty acids (omega 3 and omega6) are considered as essential nutrients that cannot be synthesized in the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids consist of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients and cannot be synthesized in the body. Thus, we should ingest them from various sources. ALA can be converted into EPA and then to DHA, but the conversion (which occurs primarily in the liver) is extremely limited, with reported rates of less than 15%. Thus, the only way to increase levels of these fatty acids in the body is by consuming EPA and DHA directly from foods and/or dietary supplements.
Sources of Docosahexaenoic acid
DHA is found in fatty fish, walnuts, seeds, seafood, and plant oils.
How Omega Fatty Acids provide benefits to the skin?
Most of the people are not familiar with the remarkable effects of omega fatty acids on the skin. Essential omega fatty acids like omega 3 and 6 serve as the building block of the cell membrane. Fatty acids have the extraordinary ability to retain water in the skin cells and maintain the skin barrier function.
Here are the advantages of using omega fatty acids on the skin.
- Protects against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation and reduces the sun sensitivity in the patients of photodermatitis. According to the studies, patients who applied omega fatty acids on skin had 25% less skin redness.
- It reduces the inflammation associated with acne.
- Omega fatty acids retain moisture in the skin and help dry, itchy skin caused by several skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
- Applying omega fatty acids to skin can reduce the chance of skin cancer.
- Accelerates wound healing.
- Researchers have shown us that omega fatty acids may boost hair growth and reduce hair loss.
- Omega fatty acids provide antioxidants to fight ageing.
How you can add Omega fatty acid Products to Your Skin Care Routine?
If you are using a basic skincare routine and want to add omega fatty acids formula in your skincare routine, you can add omega serums and omega moisturizers in your routine. You can apply omega fatty acids serum or moisturizer once or twice daily after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating your skin.