Have you noticed the words “low fat” have mysteriously disappeared from many snack foods in grocery store aisles? With top nutritionists and food scientists now pointing to sugar and processed foods rather than fats as the culprits behind the nation’s obesity epidemic, a new wave of healthy-fat-appreciation has emerged in the wellness and nutrition worlds. While this new lipid love movement doesn’t mean you can drop all your fruits and veggies, it does mean that adding a spoonful of coconut oil, a touch of ghee, or a dollop of full-fat yogurt is now known to actually be good for you! But the advantage we’re most excited about is the glorious effect that healthy fats can have on your skin. Here are a few of our favorite skin-boosting benefits from full-fat, unrefined and unprocessed foods…
Maintain Elasticity | Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and nuts help support skin cell membranes, aiding in maintained skin strength and elasticity. As we age, we begin to lose elasticity. Adding healthy Omega-3’s to your dietcan help skin look plumper and tighter throughout the years.
Keep Moisture In | Drizzling some healthy, plant-based oils like Extra Virgin Olive, Grapeseed, Avocado, Flaxseed or Sunflower into your diet aids in your skin’s oil production. Oil production is essential to maintaining your skin’s lipid barrier—an oily coating that keeps skin cells from losing essential moisture while protecting them from environmental damage.
Reduce Inflammation | Some skin experts believe that inflammation may be one of the biggest factors in skin aging. Healthy fats help reduce inflammation in the body, relieving skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema while preventing inflammatory aging.
Get Vitamins | Did you know that certain good-for-your-skin vitamins like Vitamin A, E & D actually need to be consumed with fat in order to be absorbed by the body? Vitamin A has been shown to prevent wrinkles. Vitamin E protects your skin from the sun, and Vitamin D prevents acne. In order to get all the amazing benefits of these essential vitamins, you need just a little bit of fat.
From well-known sources like avocados, salmon and nut-butters to lesser-known healthy-fat foods like sardines, macadamia nuts, eggs, black olives, and tofu, sources of skin-friendly fats are abundant (and delicious!). Like with all good things, practice adding healthy fats into your diet with moderation. Fat is still saturated with calories and too much of a good thing can cause problems in your body. But just remember not to eschew your fatty favorites entirely. They could be essential to keeping your glow going well into your silver years.