Anti-aging fish oil facials? MDs Perricone and Tornambe agree the skin benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, besides their amazing overall systemic benefits, are rejuvenating food for the face, taken internally as well as applied topically.
I, personally, know what miracles fish oils can bring and have advocated their topical use in my own book, Treat Your Face Like a Salad, Recipes for a Fabu-Lishous Face right down to the sild oil from a can of sardines. The only problem was that I had to fight off the cat to omit the sandpaper-tongue exfoliating facial. But that’s another story.
“As we age, the cells become thinner and less sticky. This decreases the barrier function of the epidermis allowing moisture to be released from the skin, causing dryness. Also as epidermal cells start to decrease, the skin slowly loses its ability to repair itself efficiently. Simultaneously, the structural elements that support the skin start to thin. All of these changes promote wrinkling.
Omega-3 fatty acids bolster the skin cell membrane of the epidermis. The skin cell membrane is the outer layer of skin cell and it monitors the intake and disposal of nutrients and waste products entering and leaving the skin cell. The skin cell membrane also influences the ability of the cell to hold onto water. Therefore, if the skin cell holds onto water, it leads to moister, softer skin, which promotes wrinkle prevention and may eradicate existing mild wrinkles. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to the upkeep of the skin cell membrane, improving the texture and quality of skin.
The sun’s ultraviolet light increases the aging process of the skin. Research has demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids can play a role in decreasing skin damage from UV light and the production of cancer cells caused by the UV light. It has also been shown to contribute to wound healing because of anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used to treat atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and acne.”
Dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone Agrees
Noted author, dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, feels the same. Claiming his “face-changing” foods can visibly change the way you look in just 72 hours, in an interview on medicinenet dot com, including his “Three-Day Diet for Better Skin,” he points out the anti-inflammatory benefits of salmon feeding the skin from within:
“The first important item in this anti-inflammatory meal is salmon. Salmon is important because it is high in protein and we need protein to repair our cells. It has been my experience in my practice that women tend not to have protein-adequate diets, and this results in accelerated aging. In addition, salmon contains high amounts of an essential fatty acid classified as an omega-3 oil. Omega-3 oils are powerful, natural anti-inflammatories that nourish the brain and therefore can alleviate mental depression, nourish the immune system, and therefore help prevent infection and cancer. And essential fatty acids nourish the skin, giving it a radiant and beautiful appearance.
And if you don’t like the taste of salmon, he suggests taking fish oil capsules for the omega-3 oils, adding
“The problem is there are many essential fatty acids that I believe have not yet been identified by scientists, and therefore, you would be missing out on the unknown therapeutic affect of eating a wonderful fish like salmon. What I do with my patients is ask them to cut the salmon into small squares and then put them in their mouth and swallow them like a pill with water. They can actually get four ounces of salmon down like that, and when they start feeling the effects, they realize, “you know what, I really don’t hate fish all that much.” They inevitably find that it tastes pretty good and they stop the pill-like method and switch to normal chewing.”
Taking omega-3 to the next logical step,
Dr. Tornambe continues:
“Since these fatty acids have so many benefits for the skin, it seemed only logical that topical application in the form of a face cream could have even greater benefits. Omega-3 derived from fish oils became problematic in face creams because of the unmistakable and less than desirable fishy odor. Impurities, such as mercury, can also be present in omega-3 derived from fish. For these reasons, anti-aging facial creams are being developed with omega-3 derived from algae and or plants. After all, the fish get their omega-3 supply from eating algae.
One product due out this fall, Omega Earth and Sea, combines omega-3 fatty acids obtained from the sea, kalparine algae and the land, Echium seed oil, both rich sources omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Early reviews have been encouraging. Evaluations from consumers selected to try the product included improvement in skin firmness, tonicity and hydration level. 66.7 percent reported perceived smoother skin texture.”
Author’s note: Omega-3 capsules from vegetarian sources, to be taken orally, are available in the marketplace as are facial preparations, including omega-3 extracted from clary sage. The essential oil of clary sage is known as a valuable skin care oil, credited with skin rejuvenation and the most beautiful women throughout history.
Dr. Robert Tornambe is author of The Beauty Quotient Formula: How to Find Your Own Beauty Quotient to Look Your Best – No Matter What Your Age, His complete article can be found on the Huffington Post.
Anti-aging fish oil facials? MDs Perricone and Tornambe agree and I do too. How about you? Have you added omega-3 oils to your anti-aging arsenal already? I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please feel free to comment on, and/or like and share, it.