We all love to have healthy looking skin, but did you know that when skin looks better it also functions better? As one of our largest organs, it covers about two square meters and weighs several kilograms, making it vitally important to our everyday survival, as it:
- Prevents water loss and controls body temperature
- Acts a receptor, allowing us to detect heat, cold, pressure, touch and pain
- Enables us to interact with our environment without sustaining injury Synthesizes vitamin D Skin care is therefore important not just for our outer beauty, but for maintaining our inner health.
Keep your skin in good health so it performs its functions correctly.
Keeping your skin healthy means keeping up a diet full of essential fatty acids (EFA). Some of the first signs of EFA deficiency are dry skin, poor wound healing, and reduced ability to fight skin infections. Omega-6 EFAs (essential fatty acids), including linoleic acid (LA) and its derivative gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) play an important role in skin health.
Did you know Evening Primrose Oil is rich in LA and GLA?
Clinical studies with Efamol brand Evening Primrose Oil showed that supplementation can enhance the structure and function of normal healthy skin. In a double-blind, placebo controlled study, supplementation with Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for 84 days was shown to statistically significantly improve:
- Skin moisture
- TEWL (the rate at which the water escapes from the body through the skin)
- Skin roughness
- Skin elasticity
- Skin firmness
- Skin fatigue
The changes seen with Evening Primrose Oil provide benefits to both skin function and appearance. These improvements tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and dryness, and give a more youthful glow to normal healthy skin.
Heather Allsop, B.Sc., Ph.D., RNCP