Vitamin F Spotlight: Chia Seed, Flaxseed, & Macadamia Seed Skin Benefits
Chia seed oil, flaxseed oil, and macadamia seed oil are recognized by the scientific and dermatological communities as virtual panaceas for people, helping to reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and fight chronic inflammation, which Dr. Perricone identified as one of the most aggressive causes of aging. And that’s not all.
These oils, and the essential fatty acids they’re loaded with, truly love your skin.
The Benefits of Chia Seed, Flaxseed, and Macadamia Seed Oils for Skin and Overall Health
Comprised of the healthiest of fats, chia seed oil, flaxseed oil, and macadamia seed oil are among the biggest overachievers of the nutrition and skin-care worlds. These type-A seeds and their oils are serious strivers, never satisfied unless they’ve helped give your overall health a major boost and polished up your complexion, to boot. Chia seed oil, flaxseed oil, and macadamia seed oil each have tremendously long resumes of achievements. Keep reading to learn more about their many strengths and highlights.
Flaxseed Oil Benefits
This polyunsaturated fat is loaded with healthy omega-3’s, an essential fatty acid also known as alpha-linolenic acid that has been found to improve your heart health (dialing back cholesterol and blood pressure levels), help treat rheumatoid arthritis, and reduce inflammation throughout the body. Flaxseed oil for skin acts as an age-busting anti-inflammatory as well, in addition to helping the skin maintain its protective and plumping lipid levels and seal in moisture, leading to dramatically improved hydration.
Chia Seed Oil Benefits
Considered the richest botanical source of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seed oil is an ace anti-inflammatory agent. But chia seeds are also a great source of bone-fortifying minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease and even cancer, and are excellent at regulating triglyceride, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. They can even boost your “good” HDL cholesterol number. Chia seed oil for skin is just as wondrous: it combats the many signs of aging caused by inflammation, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, maintains skin’s healthy moisture levels, soothes redness, and protects skin from free-radical damage thanks to its plentiful supply of antioxidants. And, because chia seed oil is rich in vitamin B3 and zinc, it helps balance oily skin out as well. How’s that for a seed that’s as tiny as a flake of mascara?
Macadamia Seed Oil Benefits
Containing a Holy Trinity of fatty acids, macadamia seed oil is made up of omega-3’s, omega-6’s, and omega-7’s (yes, they’re a thing). This anti-inflammatory trio is known to reduce high cholesterol as well as your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke, and macadamia oil has become popular with chefs because it has a higher burn point than similarly heart-healthy olive oil. With regard to your skin, macadamia seed oil is an exceptionally powerful moisturizer, helping to prevent water from evaporating from the skin and replenishing one of the skin’s two natural, protective fatty acids, palmitoleic acid, which unfortunately we have less and less of as we age, leaving our skin looking dry and crepey.
How Vitamin F Impacts Your Skin
Chia seed, flaxseed, and macadamia oils are all made up of vitamin F. One of the benefits of vitamin F? It’s key to building up the skin’s protective moisture barrier, a network of lipids that act like little doormen to your cells. This lipid layer stops things like irritants and infections from coming in and keeps important things, like water, from leaving the premises.
When this protective barrier is intact, skin looks young, plump, smooth, and radiant. But as we grow older and those little doormen start retiring—more and more each year—our complexions not only feel dry and look crepey, skin loses its bounce and healthy glow, looking less elastic and robust, lines and wrinkles etch themselves more deeply, and we become more susceptible to redness and irritation. That is, unless you start hiring replacements for those doormen before or as they’re hitting retirement—or, to drop the analogy, fortify your protective moisture barrier with vitamin F-based skin care.
Protect, Strengthen and Nourish Dry, Aging Skin with Vitamin F
Packed with a generous dose of healing chia seed, flaxseed, and macadamia oils for skin, the Perricone MD Essential Fx collection of skin care offers one of the most advanced treatments for dry and aging complexions, combining the benefits of vitamin F, essential fatty acids, with a proprietary form of the powerful antioxidant Acyl-Glutathione. Together, they restore your skin’s protective moisture barrier to optimal health, enveloping each and every cell with the nourishment it needs to stay hydrated and unbothered by irritants, and supporting surface skin cells to fight off environmental damage (from things like free radicals, pollution, stress) and work to repair themselves.
The products in the Essential Fx collection not only intensely hydrate the skin, but help to smooth lines, wrinkles, creases, and crepiness, and improve long-lost elasticity and a glow like you may not have seen in years. Below are some quick tips on how to utilize the collection as part of your daily skin regimen:
- In the morning and evening, use your ring finger to gently dab and smooth the Essential Fx Smoothing & Brightening Under-Eye Cream along under-eyes to the outer and inner corner areas of eyes.
- Use your other ring finger to blend on one drop of Essential Fx Eyelid Lift Serum over top eyelids to outer corners of eyes.
- Follow with 2-3 drops of a highly potent face serum like Essential Fx Deep Crease Serum.
- Dot on forehead, cheeks and chin and blend in fluid upward strokes over skin and neck.
- In the morning, finish with Essential Fx Rejuvenating Moisturizer, and at night, complete your regimen with Essential Fx Intensive Overnight Moisturizer.