Posted by Ashling Moss
There are a million reasons to take an omega-3 supplement everyday. One of the many is that EFAs or essential fatty acids control a large number of cellular processes in the body that directly relate to the health of your skin, hair and nails. Before I get to that, let’s look at the numerous benefits of fish oil.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are considered “essential fats” because they are required for optimal health but cannot be produced by the body. EFAs can be found in fish, flaxseeds, walnuts and canola. Fish oil supplies the most beneficial omega-3s, which are: EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Eating actual fish (mostly oily, cold water fish like salmon, tuna, herring and sardines) is the best food source of EPA and DHA, but due to concerns about toxins such as mercury, a fish oil supplement is the safest source.
OMEGA-3: EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)
*Healthy heart and body*
- Maintains a healthy heart and circulatory system
- Enhances joint flexibility and movement
- Promotes healthy immune function
- Supports optimal metabolism and body composition
- Promotes balanced blood sugar levels
- Supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response
OMEGA-3: DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
*Healthy mood, mind and memory*
- Supports learning and memory
- Promotes positive mood and well-being
- Supports and protects the brain, eyes, nervous and immune systems
- Essential for the proper development of infants and children
- Recommended by physicians for pregnant and lactating women
OMEGA-6: GLA (Gamma-Linolenic Acid)
*Healthy skin, hair and hormones*
- Nourishes hair and skin
- Supports healthy joints
- Enhances Hormonal Balance
- Maintains optimal body fat metabolism
- Supports positive mood
- Supports a regular menstrual cycle
OMEGA-9: OA (Oleic Acid)
*Healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels*
- Naturally occurs in fish oil
- A “good for you: omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid
- Supports healthy blood vessel function
- Promotes healthy cell membrane structure
Healthy Skin from Within:
Our skin cells need plenty of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Without these, our skin can become dry, dull, prone to premature aging and even inflamed. There are two key essential fatty acids that your skin and hair will love. Since your body doesn’t manufacture them, they must be sourced through food and/or supplements.
Omega-3s in fish oil have been shown to:
- Keep the skin hydrated thus helping to prevent dry skin and other skin conditions
- Help soothe scaly, rough skin by reducing unnecessary inflammation
- Improve blood flow and support the elasticity of red blood cells thereby providing more oxygen to nourish the skin
- Encourage the production of strong collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis making skin look younger by reducing wrinkling and sagging
GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid that occurs naturally in evening primrose and borage oils and has shown to:
- Relieve dry skin
- Reduce hair loss
- Provide relief for eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
Your skin is the largest organ in the body and allows approximately 60% of “what goes on it, to go inside it”. Anything that increases the body’s ability to maintain integrity in our highly polluted world is a plus for your beauty routine.
Nordic Naturals is the leading manufacturer of fish oil in the United States. They are committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective omega oils. The Complete Omega – 3.6.9 is an omega-rich blend that contains all the needed ingredients to support heart health, brain function, positive mood, healthy joints, as well as healthy hair, skin and nails. It has a fresh lemon taste that ensures no fishy smell, taste or aftertaste and all research is based on third-party test results – resulting in an honest and pure product. You will not find a better fish oil than Nordic Naturals.
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Posted by Ashling Moss
Recommended by dermatologists everywhere, the CeraVe line of skincare products are all non-irritating, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. Better yet, they are all available at a drugstore near you.
The CeraVe line was created in conjunction with dermatologists and was intended for use in the treatment of dry skin and other conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and atopic dermatitis. CeraVe is the first brand to contain essential ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids that healthy skin needs. CeraVe uses a patented “multivescular emulsion” or MVE® system that was only available through prescription not long ago. This system consists of a controlled and steady release of various ingredients over time allowing skin to be hydrated longer and more efficiently with one application. The daily regimen of cleansers and moisturizers helps repair, replenish and protect the skin’s barrier to leave it looking and feeling soft, clean and healthy.
The CeraVe line of skincare products are drugstore’s finest. Here is a review of the first few products I have tried and tested:
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser: Gentle yet powerful, this cleanser removes makeup, dirt and oil like a champ. It leaves the face feeling soft and clean, not stripped or dry. It contains the brand’s signature ceramides and hyaluronic acid – two ingredients that help lock in moisture so your skin will never feel tight or dry.
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM SPF 30: A great daytime moisturizer that feels light on the skin but wards off UVA/UVB rays with it’s standout broad-spectrum sunscreen. It keeps skin hydrated and restores the skin’s barrier with Niacinaminde (vitamin B3) making it less vulnerable to the elements.
CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion: This body lotion does it all – exfoliates, smoothes and softens. Skin can only be truly hydrated when the top layer of dead skin cells are removed. This allows moisturizing ingredients to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. The Renewing Lotion does all of this for you. Formulated with both salicylic acid (used for epidermal exfoliation) and ammonium lactate (a mild exfoliant and humectant) this lotion gently removes dry, scaly skin. While, vitamin D, glycerin, ceramides and hyaluronic acid smooths, firms and hydrates the skin.
CeraVe, in my opinion, is the best affordable line of skincare products. All of the products are gentle, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, non-irritating and readily available at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide.
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