You can use flaxseed oil as both an internal and external moisturizer for dry skin. Taking a teaspoon of the oil with breakfast or lunch and again with dinner daily is a great way to improve your skin tone.
Not only does the very high omega-3 content in the oil have an anti-inflammatory effect, it also helps normalize skin lipids and seal in moisture, both of which leads to improved hydration.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in flax oil are an essential component of epidermal and dermal cells and are necessary to maintain their structural integrity. Dry and flaky or dull and blemished skin may be the result of the deficiency of omega-3 in the diet. It is certainly very common for people to comment on how much their skin improves once they start taking a good flaxseed oil regularly.
Flaxseed Oil as an Evening Moisturizer
Another way to use flaxseed oil is as a topical treatment by applying it directly to your face or other parts of the body as an evening moisturizer. To do this, simply gently massage the oil into still damp skin before going to bed. You may want to blot off any excess oil after 10 minutes or so, as it can be hard to get out of clothes or pillowcases.
An even better option can be to use flaxseed oil in combination with avocado oil. Predominantly an omega-9 fat, avocado oil is extremely penetrative and itself has incredible moisturizing properties for dry skin.
By first applying avocado oil to an area of the face, such as a cheek or the forehead, and then immediately following with flaxseed oil in the same area, you combine together on your skin an exceptionally penetrating and hydrating evening moisturizer. At the same time, this combination may also help reduce problems with inflammation like dry or flaky skin, itching and irritated areas, acne and other blemishes and even eczema and psoriasis.
This topical treatment may also be good for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Since both avocado oil and flaxseed oil are often suggested as beneficial for reducing the signs of aging, combining them can have even more powerful results. I know personally, since applying these two oils to my face after showering in the evening, my skin has never looked or felt better.
2) Throw out linoleic acid heavy processed vegetable oils, like corn, soy, cottonseed, safflower and many others, and replace them with heat stable avocado oil for healthy cooking and the very nutritious coconut oil.
3) Limit processed foods as much as possible and use more healthy oily fish like wild salmon or sardines in your meals. Alternatively, supplement with a good fish oil twice daily.
4) Get a wide variety of colorful vegetables, fruits and leafy greens into your diet. There are many other nutrients such as vitamin A, C and E, selenium, zinc and many more that are vital for healthy skin. Superfoods like goji berries and spirulina are also full of these supporting nutrients.
5) Perhaps most importantly, drink more water. Mild dehydration is a very common problem that many people are unaware of and the skin on your face, especially under the eyes, is one of the first parts of your body to suffer from it. So have a big glass of water with your flaxseed oil just before a meal and see if in a week or two’s time you’re noticing a real difference in the mirror.
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