Fatty Acids: The Nutrient You Need for Plumper Skin

A healthy barrier helps lock water into your skin, keeping it hydrated, supple and youthful. A diet rich in fatty acids, such as omega-3, are essential for keeping that skin barrier strong. Numerous studies have also shown that omega-3s help soothe inflammation in the body, which, if gone unchecked, contributes to the destruction of skin cells, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.

Omega-3 fatty acids come in three forms: DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid),EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). DHA and EPA are found in fatty fish; ALA is more commonly found in plant sources, and the body converts this to smaller amounts of EPA.  A healthy dose of fatty acids from both your food and your skincare will give you the glowing, healthy skin you’re looking for. Here are some of the best ways to get a good dose, inside and out.