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Who You Callin' Fatty Acid? Those Oils Are Essential For Your Skin


By:  Ari  Bendersky  Abe's Market Contributor  November 6th, 2013

An essential part of any skin care regimen regardless of skin type is a diet rich in essential fatty acids (EFA). Essential fatty acids are "essential" because the human body does not produce them. These are the good fats your body needs to regulate cell function and the only way to have enough of essential fatty acids is through diet and supplements.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 are essential fatty acids and Omega-5, -7 and -9 are non-essential fatty acids, but are also very important; our body needs them to function, but can produce them without receiving them from food.

How Essential Fatty Acids Combat Aging Skin

One of the most important differences between youthful skin and older skin is young skin's ability to hold water. That's why anti-aging skincare products are designed to restore hydration to the surface of skin. The ability of living cells to hold water depends on a healthy cell membrane that can hold water and take nutrients.

Cellular membranes are composed of essential fatty acids and because cellular membranes weaken with age we need to feed them with essential fatty acids. This enables the body to replace old, damaged leaky cells with new cells with thick, fully functional membranes. This not only acts as a barrier to harmful things, but also as the passageway for nutrients and waste products to cross in and out of the cell. So the bottom line: Having strong, youthful cells is a key factor to healthy and firm skin. So soak in those essential fatty acids. They do a body good.

 

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Ari Bendersky

Abe's Market Contributor

Ari Bendersky Ari joined Abe's Market after years of covering music, lifestyle, wine and food for the New York Times, AP, Rolling Stone, Eater, Huff Post and more. He lives naturally by biking, hiking, green juicing and avoiding high-fructose corn syrup at all costs.

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