You may have heard of the term Fatty acids when thinking about food. They are the building blocks for fat in our bodies, and some fatty acids are essential to human health and cannot be produced by the body alone, they are Omega 3 and Omega 6. For example: Salmon and other fish, has the essential fatty acid, Omega 3, which is important for brain health, heart and nervous system.
These Essential Fatty acids are also important for our skincare, but I dont know if you really want to start rubbing fish oil on you just yet.
But how do they benefit the skin?
They are essential to the building blocks of the surface of the epidermis, creating smoother skin and a healthier complexion. They also calm signs of skin irritation such as redness, or dryness. They also deliver other active ingredients through the skin layers to help moisturise and protect.
Which oils should you use?
Well, this is why I love Sunflower so much. Not only is it grown sustainably in New Zealand, it is also high in Omega 6 (also known as Linoleic acid), so it is literal food for your skin.
Other oils include: Walnut oil, and Flaxseed oil.
I hope that this helps you understand a bit more about the different components that are studied when I formulate skincare that works for you,