The other night at Vinology, Kathy and I were in a huge frenzy discussing beauty products. This is one area where we can just not get our words out fast enough. We love beauty products. Kathy, Tracy, and I were discussing skin care and they asked me what I do for my skin. I said that lately, I’ve been doing very little for it because this is the first winter when it hasn’t gotten dry at all, and I think it’s because I’ve been putting more fat in my diet. Then Kathy and Tracy both said they haven’t had dry skin lately either…and then we realized that in the past few months, we’d all started taking fish oil supplements!
I started taking fish oil because it’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids. OMG3s are very important to heart health, but most experts say we’re not getting enough — and fish is really the best source. And I know this but sometimes I don’t have it twice a week, as much as I intend to. So I spent $6 on a bottle of 100 soft gels and I have been making it a point to take two a day.
Now, I’m always saying that what you eat affects how you look, but just personally, I usually pay more attention to my hair. I know that a healthy diet has helped my hair a ton, but I hadn’t really paid attention to food’s major effects on my skin. But, turns out, it does have an effect! Besides the fact that all three of us girls realized this is the first winter where we’ve really not needed extra moisturizer — in Michigan, mind you — I did a little research and found more evidence to support this.
Apparently, fish oil contains the OMG3 EPA, which is good for skin. Dermatologists love to research this stuff and have found that EPA can help prevent collagen from breaking down and can help repair the visible effects of sun damage. Plus, eating healthy fats does have an effect on your skin’s texture. It’s not just for dry skin though — I hit up some message boards for acne sufferers and a ton of them reported that fish oil really helped their acne. And another fun thing: and a lot of them said that it helped them feel happier too. I touched on this when I talked about the winter SADs — all that EPA is good for your brain!
Well, no offense to your awesome brain, but today I’m talking about outer beauty — maybe it’s cheering people up because they are no longer dealing with flaky, patchy dry spots!