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Did you spot my skincare column in the Weekend Sun over the weekend?  An important message here!  ~ Shelley Foster


Why Fish Oil Won’t Help Your Skin

Do you remember the fat-free craze?  For decades a core group of dieticians insisted a low-fat diet was vital for health and weight loss. One of the unforeseen symptoms of this trend was an increased prevalence of dry, dull, lacklustre skin. This is because Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) proved to be, well, essential – for healthy skin as well as for general wellbeing.

Collectively, we’ve discovered that removing fat from our diets is not the answer. The key is to include good quality fats like salmon, nuts, flaxseed oil and avocado.

Fish oil capsules became part of this conversation. They seemed an easy way to supplement the EFA portion of our diet. The jury is out now about just how effective they really are, but one thing we know for sure – fish oil is not doing your skin any favours.

Fish oil is rich in omega-3, which does have general health benefits.  However, omega-3 doesn’t provide linoleic acid, which is the Holy Grail when it comes to skin health.  Linoleic acid nourishes and protects your skin from within, making it more resilient and less likely to be damaged by environmental threats. It is beneficial for both oily and dry skin alike.

At Jamele, we prescribe Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil for our clients.  They contain a skin-specific blend of healthy, naturally sourced fatty acids. They stimulate the production of linoleic acid in the skin.  They do for your skin what fish oil never could, and never will.

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