Did you just spend hundreds of dollars for yet another all-in-one skin product? We understand. It’s difficult not to fall for these pitches. The salesperson claims the product to be a holy grail of skin creams. It could solve wrinkles, dull skin, age spots, and even time travel to get back your baby skin. Then the truth of shattered dreams hits our face and our bank account.
Maybe it’s time to stop and think. The answer to skin care shouldn’t be so complicated or expensive.
Flaxseeds have been doing the rounds to maintain skin care. Here are a few reasons you might want add flaxseeds to your vanity.
1. Moisturizes the skin
Is your sensitive skin proving to be a hassle? You may want to try calming it with flaxseed oil. This particular oil has been known to decrease skin sensitivity and roughness.1
It also helps your skin to rehydrate, keeping your skin smooth. This is because flaxseeds are a source of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s thanks to this guy, your skin gets stimulated to produce oil. This is important to combat dry skin. Applying flaxseed oil regularly helps to keep the dryness at bay.2
You can apply flaxseed oil directly onto your face, or mix it with a light moisturizer. Sleep on it, and rinse it off with water in the morning.
2. Flaxseeds have medicinal powers
Flaxseeds are popular for their omega-3 fatty acid content. This particular component helps to boost immune system, and is also beneficial for anti-inflammation.
One research reveals that flaxseeds, due to their omega-3 content, helps to reduce the effects of psoriasis. This is an autoimmune condition that causes overproduction of skin cells, resulting in inflammation, dry, scaly and red patches sometimes all over the body. The research confirms the use of omega-3 fatty acids helped to reduce scalp lesion, and scaling.3
Eczema is another skin condition that could get relief from flaxseeds. This is generally caused by an allergic reaction to foods, chemicals, perfumes or even soaps. Flaxseed oil helps the skin to become less sensitive, and improves skin elasticity.4
Another research claims a diet rich in flaxseeds can help prevent skin cancer. This is because omega-3 fatty acids present in flaxseeds can combat free radicals caused by sun damage.5
3. Fights cellulite
Now that you are aware of how amazing flaxseed is for your skin, could it help with getting rid of nasty cellulite? Some researchers claim so. Flaxseeds have the ability to influence estrogen levels in the body, as well it helps in collagen production.6 This is important because too much estrogen helps in the production of cellulite.
Simply sprinkle some flaxseeds onto your oatmeal, or in your smoothies, and enjoy!
4. Controls acne
Acne is really difficult to control. Since inflammation is a major part of acne, consuming flaxseeds or applying the oil could address this issue. Alpha-Linolenic acid (AHA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid, found in flaxseed can help to reduce inflammation.7
Also, acne could be triggered when your insulin level is in excess. One research reveals that after taking ground flaxseeds for 12 weeks, people had improved insulin levels.8
5. Evens out skin tone
Sun damage is one of the main reasons for hyperpigmentation. This is when a few patches of your skin appear darker than the rest of your skin. Flaxseeds being rich in ALA, linoleic acid, and oleic acid, can help to even out the skin’s natural tone. Massage flaxseed oil onto your face, and let it rest for a few minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Following this regularly would help to get a clear and even tone appearance.
6. Prevents early wrinkles
Pesky fine lines can hit you early if your skin is deprived of moisture. The ALA content in flaxseed oil helps in skin rejuvenation, and it keeps your skin moisturized. This could help prevent early signs of wrinkles.
Rub flaxseed oil onto your skin before sleeping, and wake up to a radiant morning face.
|↑1||Neukam, K., S. De Spirt, W. Stahl, M. Bejot, J-M. Maurette, H. Tronnier, and U. Heinrich. “Supplementation of flaxseed oil diminishes skin sensitivity and improves skin barrier function and condition.” Skin pharmacology and physiology 24, no. 2 (2010): 67-74.|
|↑2||De Spirt, Silke, Wilhelm Stahl, Hagen Tronnier, Helmut Sies, Marie Bejot, Jean-Marc Maurette, and Ulrike Heinrich. “Intervention with flaxseed and borage oil supplements modulates skin condition in women.” British journal of nutrition 101, no. 03 (2009): 440-445.|
|↑3||Balbás, G. Márquez, M. Sánchez Regaña, and P. Umbert Millet. “Study on the use of omega-3 fatty acids as a therapeutic supplement in treatment of psoriasis.” Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol 4 (2011): 73-77.|
|↑4||O’Neill, Wendy, Sharyn McKee, and Andrew F. Clarke. “Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) supplementation associated with reduced skin test lesional area in horses with Culicoides hypersensitivity.” Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research 66, no. 4 (2002): 272-277.|
|↑5||Kasote, D. M. “Flaxseed phenolics as natural antioxidants.” Int Food Res J 20, no. 1 (2013): 27-34.|
|↑6||Brooks, Jennifer D., Wendy E. Ward, Jacqueline E. Lewis, John Hilditch, Leslie Nickell, Evelyn Wong, and Lilian U. Thompson. “Supplementation with flaxseed alters estrogen metabolism in postmenopausal women to a greater extent than does supplementation with an equal amount of soy.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 79, no. 2 (2004): 318-325.|
|↑7||Pappas, Apostolos. “The relationship of diet and acne: a review.” Dermato-endocrinology 1, no. 5 (2009): 262-267.|
|↑8||Rhee, Yeong, and Ardith Brunt. “Flaxseed supplementation improved insulin resistance in obese glucose intolerant people: a randomized crossover design.” Nutrition journal 10, no. 1 (2011): 1.|