When skin ‘happens’, by that I mean it gets a bit flaky, there might be some dreaded fine lines appearing (but we know to OWN THEM as we worked for it and they are a beautiful story of our journey!), or it just starts looking a bit lack lustre, creams, serums, concentrates, bath oils are our GO-TO’s. Product is the answer to our skin tantrum. It’s the forgotten DIET that also plays a HUGE role in skin health, we need to give our bodies all the yummy nutrients it needs to make good skin from the inside-out, outside-in is only half the story. #BeautifulInside&Out #TweetThat!
BAD DIET IS PROVEN TO CAUSE BAD SKIN
This is a scientific FACT. If you eat a bad diet, you will have bad skin that lotions can only go PART of the way to saving, healing or hydrating. Think of it this way, your body needs basic building blocks to make good skin, the best way to get something INTO our body is very often to take a tablet instead of rubbing a cream on. That way it gets EVERYWHERE pretty darn efficiently and it starts from deep within skin, which are parts of us that creams have a much harder time reaching. Once those changes happen from deep within, they will eventually renew our old, tired skin cells that we shed like a snake skin, but in dust form! #YUM
Way, way back in the 1930’s it was proven that a diet mostly ‘fat-free’ would make scaly, dry and not very nice looking skin. Basically you’d be a bit dried out like a prune! It was easily fixed though, by munching down on a tablet of a special dietary fat called Linoleic acid. #ProblemSolved.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT TO MAKE HEALTHY SKIN
Here is the thing, our bodies are powerhouses at most things BUT not everyone is perfect ‘ey. There are 2 ESSENTIAL dietary fats that we just cannot make ourselves. Computer says NO! Program is just not inserted. That’s why they get the title of ‘essential’, our bodies need them, but lost the recipe somewhere back in generation 0. Opps!
These 2 elusive dietary fats are known as Linoleic fatty acid AND alpha-linolenic fatty acid. They also have code names of Omega 6 and Omega 3, those are like the ‘family’ names of groups of FAT’S, there’s lots of related fats which inherit one of those names. #FamilyTree
Both of these fat’s are un-saturated fatty acids which are the HEALTHY kind. Un-saturated just mean’s the fat has some ‘extra’ hands to let your body say hello, give a good solid handshake to and then ‘break-down’ into good food and fuel that your body can use. That’s as opposed to the bad kind of fat that just ‘hangs-around’, it doesn’t have any hands left to shake with! #HowRude
FOODS HIGH IN LINOLEIC ACID FOR GOOD SKIN HEALTH
VEGTABLE OILS. A lot of vegetable ‘fat’s’ have some Linoleic acid in ‘em, vegetable fats are much, much healthier than animal fats. If something is a solid fat, then chances are it’s not going to be good for you, liquids tend to be much healthier and there’s some REALLY healthy liquid fat, vegetable oils. Safflower oil contains a whopping 75% on average of Linoleic acid, Corn and Soybean oil are also pretty high at around 55%. There are also lots of oils that you wouldn’t think to ‘cook’ with, but are super easily available in ‘tablet form’, like Evening primrose oil and Hemp oil.
Sunflower oil CAN also be a great source of Linoleic acid. Thing with this oil is, there’s lots of breeds so one oil can have as little as 16% Linoleic acid, another can have 65%. To tell, turn to the ingredients and you want to take a gander at the ‘polyunsaturated’ fat content. That will roughly tell you the % of Linoleic acid in there.
NUTS & SEEDS. Chia and Flax seed contain a lot of the WANTED linoleic acid, that’s part of the reason for the flaxseed revolution, linoleic acid is not JUST good for skin it’s great for heart health. There’s lots of others that have a lower, but still GOOD amount, get your nut and seed mix on with these lovelies… Sunflower seeds, Pine nuts, Pecans, Brazil nuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Poppy seeds. You can get a hit from Peanuts and therefore the super yummy peanut butter, you’ll have to eat a bit more of these are they contain about half as much as the ones I mentioned before. I don’t think I would struggle with the peanut butter consumption! #PeanutButterLover
There is a disclaimer I must absolutely make here. With anything ‘natural’ there is variation, so you can have a seed grown in a completely different set of conditions, weather, temperature, soil than another. They will have different nutrients in them, because they were grown from different nutrients. ALSO do you remember I mentioned Linoleic acid has all those extra hands available to ‘shake-with’, well those hands can shake with things before they get eaten by your lovely tummy. If they shake before reaching your tummy then they are no longer good fat. It makes these oils ‘less-stable’ with a shorter shelf life. So look out for ‘fresh’ oils that are in dark bottles to block out light.
PRO-TIP: Keep your oils in the cupboard. Nobody puts baby in the corner, but OIL, yup, that’s definitely its place!
HOW MUCH LINOLEIC ACID SHOULD YOU BE EATING
You are probably already shouting out to get on the linoleic acid, and wondering HOW much you should be eating ‘ey! Your always one step ahead of me *wink wink*. Well I am not an expert on nutrition, so I have consulted the wide internet for YOU and thanks to Nutri-Facts and the European scientific committee on food I can tell you that an adult female should be getting about 5g/day and an adult man around 6.4g/day. #OneStepCloserToHappySkin
WHY YOUR SKIN WILL THANK YOU FOR EATING LINOLEIC ACID
Let’s grab a cuppa and talk skin. One of the MOST important parts of skin health is its trusty ‘raincoat’ feature. It needs to stay hydrated, water make’s up around 65% of our bodies and we need to grab a hold of that water like it was our LIFE-FORCE… ow wait… it IS!!! This raincoat like barrier of our skin is what scientists say STOPS trans-epidermal water loss, or TEWL for short. That’s just all a bit ‘o fancy talk for saying ‘you GOT your rain-coat on’!
Here’s the really interesting part. That raincoat barrier NEEDS linoleic acid to be ITSELF! It’s just what makes it, IT. The less linoleic acid your skin has, the less good your raincoat will be and the dryer and flakier your skin will be.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU EAT A LOT OF LINOLEIC ACID AND YOUR SKIN IS STILL DRY
If you’re not eating a fat-free diet and you have a lot of the ‘foods high in linoleic acid’ in your diet, then your body might just be BAD at ‘processing’ them and pushing these dudes to the right places. A bit like immigration with a queue outta the airport. For you lovely, using creams HIGH in linoleic acid will be a MUST to help fight your dry skin. Some of the best are Evening primrose, Hemp, Grapeseed and Safflower. AND because they like to ‘hide-out’ on ingredients lists, this is what they will be called when you inspect the ingredients, Oenothera Biennis, Cannabis Sativa, Vitis vinifera, Carthamus tinctorius.
Related: There’s also a FREE pinable of high Linoleic acid oils in this post, ‘How to choose a spot treatment that WORKS!’
Another GREAT creamy ingredient for dry skin is OAT’S, this will be called Avena Sativa on a cream and it ACTUALLY stimulates your own immune response to MAKE better skin and to get it ‘healing’ itself. That’s all thanks to a specific ingredient in the oats called beta-glucan, but hey, you don’t need to remember that. Just that Oats will do a LOT for your dry skin AND naturally by getting your own body to start doing things it’s slowly forgotten to! Oh, and it’s also got some goody Linoleic acid in there too!
Related: A little bit more about the wonders of Oats and why I am using them in a NEW cleanser #WatchThisSpace, ‘How to Cleanse without stripping your FACE… PLUS sneak peek into Honesty!’