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What Are Essential Fatty Acids?

You may have heard before that our skin is our largest organ. Did you also know that the skin on our bodies is a very metabolically active organ?

Our skin is made up primarily of two structural layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the top layer and it includes sebaceous glands, sweat glands and hair follicles. The dermis, which lays underneath, supplies nutritional and structural support to the epidermis.

The epidermis actively synthesizes fatty acids, cholesterol and ceramides. So what are essential fatty acids? Fatty acids are the building blocks of the fat in our skin.

The two essential fatty acids are linoleic acid (omega-6) and α-linolenic acid (omega-3). They are “essential” because they cannot be made by the body on its own and must be supplemented through diet or topical application (body oil!).

Studies have shown that many skin issues can result from the lack of, or disturbance of, skin lipids, including fatty acids. Some studies have even shown that low levels of linoleic acid in the skin may be correlated to skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

Luckily, topical application, using a body oil, may be an effective way to supplement the skin with fatty acids. All of the botanical oils in our formulas at Pink Swan Cosmetics are chosen with their fatty acid profiles in mind.

We have designed our Oasis Body Oil to be high in linoleic acid because studies have shown linoleic acid to be beneficial to your skin. Some studies suggest that botanical oils high in linoleic acid can help you to maintain a healthy skin barrier function (including healthy moisture levels) as well as help to repair and heal wounded skin tissue. 

In Oasis Body Oil, our organic ingredients of rosehip oil, red raspberry seed oil, and seabuckthorn seed oil are all rich in both EFAs (essential fatty acids), especially linoleic acid. Nourish and soothe your skin with the power of pure plant botanicals in Oasis Body Oil.

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