There has been much focus on seed oils and it has people asking, should seed oils be avoided?
While consuming some seed oils may pose health risks associated with inflammation, seed oils applied topically are quite beneficial to treat a myriad of inflammatory skin conditions from acne to dry skin, eczema, and dermatitis. This is due to the linoleic acid present in seed oils which works to plump and fortify the skin to ward-off free radicals due to over-exposure to UV rays and environmental pollutants.
Linoleic Acid is an Omega-6 essential fatty acid (EFA), which means it’s essential for human health, but it isn’t created by the body. Working in tandem with Omega-3 EFAs, Omega-6 fats like linoleic acid, aid in skin regeneration promoting cell turnover keeping skin soft, supple, and youthful. These multitasking EFAs are critical for proper tissue and cell growth to address signs of aging, wrinkles, pigmentation, and inflammation.
Seeds high in linoleic acid beneficial for skin include hempseed, camellia seed, broccoli seed, carrot seed, passion fruit seed, shea butter, argan, and calendula among others. These seed oils offer a plethora of benefits to aging and inflamed skin due to the myriad of polyunsaturated compounds. Compounds, including gamma-linolenic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid, function together to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin, while stimulating collagen protein synthesis to reveal youthful, plumped-up and glowing skin.
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