SEEDS AND SEED OILS
Chia seeds, flaxseed oil, and macadamia are recognized by the scientific and dermatological communities as a cure-all for people. These oils, and the essential fatty acids they’re loaded with, truly love your skin
They also help to reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and fight chronic inflammation….. which causes ageing.
Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
Chia seeds are high in antioxidants that help protect the delicate fats in the seeds. They also have various benefits for health.
Chia seeds are high in quality protein, much higher than most plant foods. Protein is the most weight loss friendly macronutrient and can drastically reduce appetite and cravings.
Considered the richest botanical source of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seed oil is an ace anti-inflammatory agent. But chia seeds are also a great source of bone-fortifying minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease and even cancer, and are excellent at regulating triglyceride, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. They can even boost your “good” HDL cholesterol number. Chia seed oil for skin is just as wondrous: it combats the many signs of aging caused by inflammation, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, maintains skin’s healthy moisture levels, soothes redness, and protects skin from free-radical damage thanks to its plentiful supply of antioxidants. And, because chia seed oil is rich in vitamin B3 and zinc, it helps balance oily skin out as well. How’s that for a seed that’s as tiny as a flake of mascara?
Flaxseed oil is high in ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which have been associated with numerous health benefits.
Research has shown that flaxseed oil could improve heart health by reducing blood pressure and increasing the elasticity of the arteries.
Studies say that supplementing with flaxseed oil could help improve skin smoothness and hydration, while also treating certain skin conditions like dermatitis.
Flaxseed oil can be used in place of other types of oil, added to smoothies and shakes or applied directly to the skin and hair.
This polyunsaturated fat is loaded with healthy omega-3’s, an essential fatty acid also known as alpha-linolenic acid that has been found to improve your heart health (dialing back cholesterol and blood pressure levels), help treat rheumatoid arthritis, and reduce inflammation throughout the body. Flaxseed oil for skin acts as an age-busting anti-inflammatory as well, in addition to helping the skin maintain its protective and plumping lipid levels and seal in moisture, leading to dramatically improved hydration.
MACADAMIA NUTS & OIL
Macadamia nuts are both delicious and nutritious! From the nut itself to macadamia nut oil, the health benefits of this cholesterol-free food are too big to ignore. Whether you’re trying to lower your cholesterol or lose weight, find ways to incorporate the macadamia nut into a healthy diet. Your taste buds and your heart will thank you.
Whether you cook with it, add it to your salads or use it topically, macadamia oil offers beautifying benefits for your skin. In addition to its moisturizing benefits, this nutrient-dense oil is packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect your skin and promote healing following sunburn or other types of skin damage. As an added bonus, macadamia oil mimics your skin’s natural oils, making it an ideal match for maintaining your glow.
Containing a Holy Trinity of fatty acids, macadamia seed oil is made up of omega-3’s, omega-6’s, and omega-7’s (yes, they’re a thing). This anti-inflammatory trio is known to reduce high cholesterol as well as your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke, and macadamia oil has become popular with chefs because it has a higher burn point than similarly heart-healthy olive oil. With regard to your skin, macadamia seed oil is an exceptionally powerful moisturizer, helping to prevent water from evaporating from the skin and replenishing one of the skin’s two natural, protective fatty acids, palmitoleic acid, which unfortunately we have less and less of as we age, leaving our skin looking dry and crepey.
How Vitamin F Impacts Your Skin
Chia seed, flaxseed, and macadamia oils are all made up of vitamin F. One of the benefits of vitamin F? It’s key to building up the skin’s protective moisture barrier, a network of lipids that act like little doormen to your cells. This lipid layer stops things like irritants and infections from coming in and keeps important things, like water, from leaving the premises.
When this protective barrier is intact, skin looks young, plump, smooth, and radiant. But as we grow older and those little doormen start retiring—more and more each year—our complexions not only feel dry and look crepey, skin loses its bounce and healthy glow, looking less elastic and robust, lines and wrinkles etch themselves more deeply, and we become more susceptible to redness and irritation. That is, unless you start hiring replacements for those doormen before or as they’re hitting retirement—or, to drop the analogy, fortify your protective moisture barrier with vitamin F-based skin care.