Targeted ultra-hydrating skin care ingredients on the inside—and on the outside—can visibly combat the dehydrating, drying effects of the fall and winter seasons.
Biologically, the skin requires a steady supply of the omega-6 essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) to stay supple and smooth. GLA helps to trap moisture and prevents water from disappearing from the surface of the skin. It is an unsung beauty-fier and beautifies from the inside out—a perfect complement to the newest skin products which actually add topical oil to the complexion.
Without sufficient GLA, cellular membranes cannot retain moisture, leaving the skin with a dry, rough appearance. A GLA deficit can cause weakened capillaries and increased water loss, resulting in itching, scaliness and dry, wrinkle-prone skin. When I test my clients with a blood test that measures overall omega status, I find a startling 9 out of 10 are very GLA deficient.
Relief for Eczema or Psoriasis
And for those suffering from a more severe condition like eczema or psoriasis, research suggests GLA deficiency may be to blame. There have been a number of clinical studies which support the use of GLA for psoriasis and eczema—two conditions which impact nearly 20% of all Americans—to one degree or another. The good news is that this omega-6 can offer speedy, safe relief—without the use of dangerous steroid drugs.
Essential fatty acid researcher Artur Klimaszewski, MD, has found that, in eczema, the conversion of dietary linoleic acid- found in common vegetable oils- to GLA is impaired. This results in a lower level of healing omega-6 oil to the skin, which causes itching and inflammation. Fortunately, “a patient with eczema can supplement the diet with GLA to restore the levels of its beneficial metabolites,” he says.
Twelve-week placebo-controlled human trials at the University of Italy demonstrate dramatic reduction of eczema symptoms with GLA. At the end of supplement therapy, itching decreased 90% and vesicles (watery bubbles) were reduced by 40% while oozing also improved greatly.
My Go-To for Beauty Inside and Out
I’ve been recommending GLA since the early 1980s when I began witnessing firsthand the remarkable healing and beautifying effects it produces. My patients have happily reported clear improvement in a wide variety of common skin conditions ranging from garden variety dry skin patches to eczema to psoriasis. GLA is a natural of acne, too—it inhibits the androgens (or male steroid hormones) thought to cause skin disorders, like acne, common baldness, and seborrhea. As a natural anti-inflammatory, it has also been shown to restore energy, and improve allergies and other inflammatory conditions.
Internally, I have found that black currant seed oil offers the most balanced form of GLA for long-term use. That’s because black currant also contains a hefty dose of the Omega-3s, preventing inflammatory prostaglandin production that can occur with an abundance of omega-6s in the diet.
I strongly recommend preformed biologically active sources like GLA-90, which contains 90 mg of GLA from black currant seed oil. Not only will it moisturize skin, helping to relieve eczema and psoriasis, GLA-90 also reduces morning stiffness. For red itchy skin and other inflammatory problems, adults can take two capsules twice daily, preferably with meals or as directed by a health care professional.
Terrific for people of all ages, including infants, the topical application of omega-6 essential fatty acids like those in GLA result in more luminous, smoother and firmer skin day in and day out. In two weeks, study participants even noticed how omega-6s can help strengthen the intracellular moisture barrier preventing water loss from the skin and also reduced redness and inflammation.
Camelina sativa seed oil and sea buckthorn oil are two of the hottest omega oils on the market today. They are included in the BeauCle Purifying Cleanser, Ultra Hydrating Moisture and Corrective Crème. A source of both omega-6 and omega-3, camelina sativa seed oil has long been used as a treatment for serious skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Sea buckthorn (with more than 130 studies in its own right) raises the beauty bar by providing additional therapeutic properties. Its beauty-rich supply of omega-3, -6,-7 and -9 not only promotes flawless skin, but also assists in collagen development of the skin with its rarified omega-7 content.
BeauCle also features an array of healing and beautifying ingredients meticulously selected from around the world to rebuild, heal, and soothe the skin like hydrating aloe, firming jojoba, soothing calendula, arnica, cucumber and white tea; silky amino acids and high performance marine proteins to fortify and visibly reduce wrinkles, cosmeceuticals like Centipeda cunninghammi to promote cellular renewal and healing with oil-soluble vitamin C to brighten and lighten those brown spots.
Dry, itchy skin will be a thing of the past when amazing omega-6s become part of your daily regimen!