Omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 are fatty acids that are essential to our well being on an internal and external level.
These monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats have anti-inflammatory properties, which we have learned are crucial in the prevention of degenerative diseases and premature signs of aging. Our bodies do not naturally produce omega-3 and omega-6, and while we do produce omega-9, we also benefit from getting it from outside sources.
While ingesting omega fatty acids is essential, in the case of skin health, your skin will benefit from having them applied directly too. Omega 3, 6, and 9 play an integral role in the inflammatory response of the skin, the appearance and feel (texture and softness) of the skin, and the ability to act as a barrier (normal skin function).
Face and body oils are an incredible way to treat your skin to the vital nutrients, antioxidants, and omegas that it craves. Well cared for skin is likely to age more gracefully and appear more radiant. Your skin requires a healthy diet, sufficient hydration, ample sun protection, and high-quality skincare products.
Three types of omega fatty acids do wonders for your skin: oleic acid (omega-9), linoleic acid (omega-6), and alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3).
All three of these oils are naturally occurring in a multitude of plant-based oils. The following oils contain all three omegas: apricot kernel, avocado, castor, emu, grape seed, tamanu, baobab, rice bran, kukui nut, raspberry seed, hemp, cranberry seed, chaulmoogra, Brazil nut, rosehip, sacha inchi, chia seed, and shiso seed.
The remaining oils are rich in omega-9 and omega-6: argan, camellia, coconut, evening primrose, jojoba, maracuja, marula, pomegranate, prickly pear, pumpkin seed, sea buckthorn, sesame, sweet almond, watermelon seed, black cumin seed, safflower, hazelnut, guava seed, and sunflower.
Several components are important when choosing the best face oil.
Choosing oil that is rich in omega-3, omega-6, and or omega-9 can make a world of difference in the long run of taking care of your precious skin. Most of these oils are commonly found in facial oil blends.
Stay tuned for our top recommendations of face and body oils for anti-aging, hydration, and obtaining that dewy, youthful skin!