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Using omega-3 for healthy hair, skin and nails

Forget tweaking your Instagram filters to achieve a healthy glow or glossy hair. Upping your omega-3 intake could be the answer.

Get a healthy glow

Desperately seeking healthy, glowing skin? Then essential fatty acids should be an essential part of your beauty regime. A dull, flaky complexion could signal a deficiency or imbalance. And hyperkeratinisation (the official name for those pesky ‘goose bumps’ on your upper arms) is another warning sign. Omega-3 fatty acids reinforce and maintain the skin’s barrier function, enabling the effective absorption of water and skin-friendly nutrients for softer, plumper, more hydrated and – ultimately – healthier skin. Omega-3 also helps to prevent premature skin ageing by buffering the effects of UV exposure and inhibiting the inflammatory compounds that promote collagen breakdown.

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Hard as nails

If your nails bend or break at the drop of a hat, you could well be deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids nurture the cells in the nail bed, curbing inflammation and encouraging the absorption of nutrients to promote healthy growth. The result? Stronger, healthier, hardier talons.

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Crowning glory

Sulphates, heat styling and exposure to the sun can all damage the hair shaft’s protective hydro-lipid layer, leaving it dull, dry and brittle. But omega-3 fatty acids can provide some protection. Omega-3 nourishes hair at the follicles to boost strength, lustre and thickness while soothing dry, flaky scalps and inhibiting the inflammation that can result in hair loss. A study published in the Journal Of Cosmetic Dermatology suggests that supplements containing these fatty acids can actually reverse hair loss.

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