Now that the weather is getting darker and colder as we move closer to winter, many of us are back to facing the seasonal struggle of dry skin. Between the biting cold in the air during the winter and the drying effects of indoor heat, fall and winter can wreak havoc on our skin.
The trouble is, of course, that many of the more readily-available moisturizers and lip balms are chock full of artificial chemicals. Many can, in fact, be more drying in the long run, rather than helping to heal damaged skin.
Our recommendations for moisturizing and healing dry skin is to use natural Omega-3’s. Omega-3 Fatty Acids have innumerable health benefits, one of which is to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Its topical application can heal the skin directly without the risk of applying potentially cancerous chemicals to your body.
How to Get Omega-3’s
1. Algal oil – Algal oil is considered by some scientists to be a purer and better source of Omega-3’s than fish oil. It’s excellent for blood pressure, pregnancy, eye health, memory, and reducing inflammation. Ingesting algal oil in supplement form can help the skin receive and retain moisture from the inside out. Applying algal oil topically can give specific areas a nice moisture booth and heal painful, dry cracks and flakes.
2. Flaxseed and flaxseed oil – As far as natural, plant-based omega-3 sources, flaxseeds are at the top of the list. This superfood is one of the most concentrated naturally occurring sources of omega-3’s.
3. Walnuts – Eating walnuts for a boost of healthy fats in your daily diet is a great way to get more omegas in your blood and therefore carry more of their healing properties to your skin.
4. Hemp seeds – Hemp seeds contain a specific balance of omega-3’s and omega-6’s which is important for the health of our bodies. Keeping this ratio of fatty acids consistent helps with cardiovascular, digestive, brain, and just about every other system’s health. Adding these to your diet can assist with transporting those healthy compounds to your skin.