If you were given a natural remedy to have a younger-looking skin, would you dare to try it?
Even if it stinks?
Imagine putting something on your face that smells like the sea – yes, something that smells fishy.
Can you take it?
If you are up to the challenge, this one is for you. Using fish oil on your face is something you can try to enjoy its benefits.
Don’t worry, there are fish oil capsules available on the market that are odorless.
What is in fish oil?
You might have heard about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in fighting heart diseases and maintaining the cholesterol levels of the body.
The omega-3 fatty acids are integral parts of the body’s cell membranes.
They allow the cell receptors in these membranes to function properly.
They serve as the starting point for allowing hormones to regulate blood clotting, artery walls contraction and relaxation, and inflammation.
Naturally, the human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids, which can be derived from oily fish like herring, mackerel, salmon, anchovies, and tuna.
Usually, one does not get enough of these fatty acids from fish consumption so a fish oil supplement can be beneficial. Fish oil, derived from the tissues of oily fish, is a concentrated source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Benefits of Using Fish Oil on Face
Unbelievably, using fish oil capsules on the face by directly applying it, is now gaining popularity among beauty enthusiasts. It is originally popular in preventing heart diseases and other blood-related illnesses.
Now, as studies were conducted regarding other wonders of fish oil, it became well-known as a beauty essential. Let us explore its benefits on the skin to decide whether you should start using fish oil on your face.
1. Anti-Aging Treatment
Who wouldn’t want to get rid of wrinkles and sagging skin? As you grow older, your skin loses its elasticity causing your skin to sag and show visible wrinkles. Your skin becomes thinner, drier and loses its ability to protect itself from damage.
When your skin gets weaker, it becomes vulnerable to dirt, pollution, stress and other environmental factors. These result in creases, wrinkles, and lines on your face.
Fish oil can delay the skin’s aging process. One of the two types of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil is the eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. A study conducted in 2005 found that EPA helps block the production of UV-induced enzymes that degrade collagen in the skin. Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the skin and other tissues. It is responsible for giving the skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells.
So, when you use fish oil on your face, you help your skin recover from the loss of collagen. This will help the skin regain back its elasticity and will smoothen out creases and wrinkles leaving you a younger-looking and softer skin.
2. Get Rid of Skin Dryness
As you age, your skin loses its natural firmness leaving your skin vulnerable to dryness. Since the skin is also aging, its ability to retain water decreases as well. Your skin is now much vulnerable to dehydration. Since the skin’s ability to regenerate essential lipids declines, it is important to support the supply of fatty acids to the skin.
Fish oil can help produce the skin’s natural oil content that makes the skin hydrated and well nourished. Fatty acids from fish oil can hydrate your skin from within. Once your skin gets hydrated enough, the skin will eventually recover from dryness, leaving you a healthy, smooth and radiant skin.
3. Good for Skin Pigmentation
Skin pigmentation refers to skin coloring. When certain factors affect the production of melanin – the natural pigment which gives color to skin, hair, and eyes, it can cause hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.
If there is a lesser production of melanin, your skin appears lighter than normal or white patches can occur. If there is an overproduction of melanin which is usually caused by excessive exposure to the sun, dark spots can occur in the skin.
Good thing, skin discoloration, and overall pigment health can be treated by having enough supply of vitamins. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which can help neutralize the production of melanin.
When the skin reaches its natural level of pigmentation, the formation of light and dark spots will be prevented. This will leave your skin an even tone that can make you look brighter and healthier.
4. Sun Protection
The most common cause of skin problems is the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Excessive exposure to the sun causes the skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation. Even short but frequent exposure can lead to a damaging effect on the skin. That is why applying sunscreen is necessary. Whether you will be staying outside for the day or will just be exposed for a few minutes, it is better to apply sun protection to your skin.
Another great benefit of omega-3 is to assist regulating skin inflammation. When you get a sunburn, it is an inflammatory reaction. This can cause redness, swelling, and dryness that can flake off the dead skin cells. When you apply fish oil on your face, the omega-3 fatty acids will help regulate skin inflammation and prevent ongoing inflammatory processes. This will prevent your skin from suffering to sunburns.
How to Use Fish Oil on Face
Applying fish oil on your face is an easy task. You just need a good quality fish oil capsule (can be odorless), a needle, a small bowl and a cotton ball.
Over a small bowl, gently pierce the capsule using the needle and extract the fish oil. Using a cotton ball, gently dab the fish oil onto your face making sure to apply it on problematic areas with wrinkles, dry skin, and dark spots.
Let the fish oil get absorbed by the skin for about 20 minutes. After that, rinse your face with water. Make sure to clean off all traces of oil on your face. Do this once a week to reap the great benefits of fish oil on your face.