Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), and play a critical role in skin function and appearance, but the human body is unable to synthesize these EFAs on its own. Instead, we have to get our EFAs from external sources: Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are commonly known to be “good for you” when it comes to your overall diet. But they can be especially effective when used topically.
EFAs are a component of the lipid barrier that protects the skin’s surface. This barrier helps maintain skin moisture and elasticity, and protects skin from harmful bacteria. They can even help decrease skin damage from UV light. EFAs also have anti-inflammatory properties, and have been used to successfully treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.
A deficiency in Essential fatty acids can significantly affect the function, as well as the appearance, of your skin. It can cause excessively dry skin, scaly/flaky/cracking/peeling skin, and/or thick calluses.
And EFAD doesn’t just affect the skin. An EFA deficiency can also cause dry, brittle hair, dry eyes, brittle fingernails, dry mouth, excessive thirst, menstrual cramps, and stiff joints, etc.
How can I increase my EFA intake?
Dietary EFAs remain important. Flaxseeds, walnuts (and some other types of nuts), soybeans, and many types of fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, pork products, eggs, butter, milk, and beef are rich in Omega-6 fatty acids.
A great way to get the benefits of EFAs is with a topical product such as Lira’s iLuminating Beauty Oil and Infused C, which features different Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) from plants.
Our iLuminating oil contains Hemp Oil and our Infused C contains organic hemp extracted clinical cannabidiol.
80% of Hemp seed oil is made up of Essential fatty acids(EFA), these are fatty acids which we cannot make: 57% linoleic – omega 6
19-25% linolenic – Omega 3
Aim for EFAs in your diet and in your skin care regimen, and watch your skin look smoother, younger, and healthier.