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The Beauty Benefits Of Fish Oil | Skin Care Guide

At one point in our lives, 60% of us suffer from a form of skin condition. From eczema to acne to wrinkles, our skin doesn’t always look as healthy as we’d like. Lots of us use a bewildering line up of products, but clear, blemish-free skin feels almost unachievable. Surprisingly, the answer we’re looking for isn’t in expensive creams and makeup. The answer doesn’t lie on top of our skin, it lies deep within, in the nutrients that we eat.

Fish oil might not sound like the most beautiful supplement, but actually, there are beauty benefits of fish oil that you probably didn’t know about.

What Is Fish Oil?

Fish oil is made from the tissue of oily fish like mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon, and cod. They are rich in omega 3 and, unlike other oils, they contain both DHA and EPA fatty acids. These two fatty acids are known to have benefits on our health. They are popularly known to support our hearts and brains, but they can also have beauty benefits too.

So far the two fatty acids, DHA and EPA, in fish oil have not been officially recognised by the EU Commission as having an impact of the health of our skin. However, some scientific research suggests that fish oils provide a rich source of moisture for the skin. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dry skin could be a sign of low levels of Omega-3. That’s because omega 3 is essential to the structure and appearance of our skin.

The Beauty Benefits Of Fish Oil

Findings of these studies have seen that fish oils can affect:

  1. Skin Health

    The studies showed that EPA and DHA have an impact on the moisture of the skin and its protection against the sun and harmful rays.

    Research from the 2005 issue of the Journal of Lipid Research demonstrated that supplementation of fish oil actually reduces the number of MMP’s in UV-exposed skin, therefore combating the signs of ageing.

  2. Hair Health

    Omega-3 in fish oils has recently been studied for affecting the moisture of and circulation to the scalp. The study suggested that both DHA and EPA are important for the nourishment of hair follicles.

  3. Nail Health

    Nails provide an external sign of your health, with weak, brittle nails often signalling nutritional deficiencies within the body. Studies have suggested that enough Omega 3 in your diet can help moisturise the surface of your nails.



Amy Brawn

Amy Brawn

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