[By Linda Johnson]
Certain fats are moisturizing to your skin – they moisturize you from the inside out. The good fats include GLA (found in Evening Primrose Oil), EPA, DHA and omega-3 (all found in oily fish and flax seed).
Omega-3 is particularly good for your skin. It is abundant in cold-water fish such as sardines, trout and herring and although they are acid-forming, salmon and mackerel are good sources, too. Omega-3 is also found in flax seeds, walnuts and green vegetables.
Omega-6, also found in flax seeds, walnuts and leafy greens as well as eggs and fish, converts eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which decreases inflammation and improves skin moisture. It also helps normalize blood pressure, helps with cardiovascular health and can reduce your risk of certain cancers.
If you have dry skin, psoriasis, rosacea, dandruff or premature aging take an omega-3 fish oil supplement (or flax seed oil if you are vegetarian) in addition to eating oily fish two or three times a week.
Saturated fats in dairy, meat and fried foods can cause inflammation, dry skin and premature ageing. They can also increase your risk of heart disease, asthma, eczema and acne.
Limit your intake, and increase the amount of foods that help protect from the damaging effects of these fats, including onions, ginger, turmeric, red wine (which contains flavonoids), Vitamin E and selenium.