I’ve personally been supplementing with flaxseed oil for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it’s been close to ten years that I’ve been taking this supplement. While I was taking it for different health benefits related to dieting and eating right, I no sooner learned how your skin can benefit from this as well.
In fact, the flax seed oil benefits for skin may outweigh the other types of benefits that they bring. While I prefer to typically ingest the oil via a tablespoon, others prefer to take a different approach and apply it directly to their skin. Let’s dive right into things…
What Is Flaxseed Oil And Does It Work?
Flaxseed oil is the oil that comes from flaxseed. It is commonly known as linseed and it contains alpha-Linolenic acid. This oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has been known to be one of the most beneficial oils on the planet. I’d put this oil up there in terms of benefits with krill oil, coconut oil, and olive oil.
The omega-3s help with a ton of different things. I’m going to be spending most of my time focusing on the skin related benefits derived from cold pressed flax oil. Having said that, I’ll share some of the most common skin care uses and benefits with you.
For starters, many people choose to apply flaxseed oil to their face in order to reduce inflammation. The oil has a very strong anti-inflammatory effect on things and it can certainly help prevent loss of moisture. Using flaxseed oil can help you better keep you skin hydrated and moisturized. You can reap this benefit by simply applying it to your face in the same manner that you would any other moisturizer. However, I’d strongly suggest that you test a small area if it’s your first time applying the oil.
Another way that your skin can benefit from flaxseed oil is simply by ingesting it. This is how I prefer to consume the supplement. You can take a teaspoon or tablespoon of flaxseed oil with any meal. It actually tastes pretty good with oatmeal and sweet potato.
Taking the supplement orally works because of the omega-3s that are present. Our skin cells essentially crave these omega-3s due to the fact that they help keep our cells in good health. It quite common that individuals with dry skin are simply lacking omega-3s and a simple change in diet can make a world of a difference. I wouldn’t be shocked if you had dry skin, started taking flaxseed oil and weeks later came to me stating how much better your skin is since you began supplementing.
Changing Your Diet
The best thing to do for your skin, assuming it’s dry is to begin changing your diet (immediately). I’m going to tell you exactly what I suggest you do to help improve the condition of your skin. I’ve said it a thousand times until I’m blue in the face. Diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle are so important. So that’s exactly where you need to start!
I suggest that you start by introducing flaxseed oil into your diet on a daily basis. Start by simply ingesting it via tablespoon by mixing it into your oatmeal in the morning. You can then begin to introduce it in the evening to replace your current moisturizer. Like I said, you’re going to want to start by testing a small area of your skin to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction to the oil.
The next thing you want to do is begin to eliminate bad foods and oils from your diet. What does that mean? Well, it means that you need to stay away from all fast food and processed foods. You should also avoid soy oil, corn oil, and other vegetable oils. Instead, begin to consume fats and oils that are good for you like avocado, coconut oil, and krill oil. If you need to you can use a spray like Pam but only a small amount.
Now that we’ve covered eliminating the bad fats, introducing good fats and applying flax seed moisturizer, it’s time to talk more fish! I suggest that you begin to incorporate salmon into your daily dietary regimen. If you cannot afford to purchase fresh salmon, you can instead supplement with fish oils.
The last thing and perhaps one of the most important is consuming plenty of water. Our bodies rely on water to process foods, toxins, and other things. When you become dehydrated, it’s very noticeable on your skin. By the time it gets noticed, the damage has already been done. Don’t be afraid to consume plenty of water with the flax oil as well as in between meals.
Where To Buy It
I typically head to the closest vitamin shop to purchase my flaxseed oil. I buy the generic Vitamin Shoppe brand, but you can purchase any brand that you’d like. The price is likely going to be about $9.00 to $12.00 per bottle depending on the size of the bottle that you purchase.
A word of caution, before making any significant changes to your diet, I suggest that you consult with your physician. Although the changes are meant to be positive, changing a diet and supplementing program can cause problems. It’s not that common, but the chances do exist. Avoid such issues by speaking with a doctor or even your dermatologist before making any changes.