In skincare, vitamins play a vital role in keeping it looking healthy and vibrant. You've likely been using vitamins A, C, and E in your skincare at some stage, but have you heard of vitamin F? That's one you'll want to start adding to your anti-ageing routine straight away, and for several reasons!
It may help to remember vitamin F for "Fat." That's because it's two types of essential fatty acids that your skin needs but your body doesn't create. These essentials are omega-3 which also goes by alpha-linolenic acid, and omega-6, linoleic acid.
As they're necessary, we have to get these things from outside sources for both our skin and the rest of our body. Topical vitamin F makes it easier to target your skin's needs while consuming it naturally in your diet can take care of all your other essential parts.
When it comes to skincare, though, linoleic acid is a building block for ceramides, a kind of lipid that composes the skin cell membrane. Both linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid are ideal for immune health, which basically means they uphold the integrity of your skin's barrier.
But they go further than that! Because skin needs to stay hydrated, the best way to keep it that way is to trap water inside the skin layers to prevent it from evaporating away. This is where our vitamin F, composed of this dynamic duo of essential fatty acids, comes to the rescue. These fatty acids help maintain water retention, lock in essential nutrients and go above and beyond by keeping environmental aggressors out.
Still not sure why you should start using vitamin F in your skincare? Here are 6 amazing benefits!
1. Locks in moisture
If you have trouble keeping your skin hydrated, look for skincare with vitamin F. Your moisturisation problems will become a thing of the past. Because of the omega-6 vitamin F contains, it not only hydrates but also protects your skin's barrier. This seals in moisture deep down where skin needs it to prevent wrinkles and obvious signs of ageing. Prickly pear seed oil boasts one of the highest levels of omega-6 fatty acids - a whopping 55-70%! - of any oil used in the beauty industry!
2. Tames inflammation
For those with easily irritated skin or skin conditions, vitamin F does well with calming skin down. It also helps regulate healthy cell function and prevents water loss, leading to calmer, more soothed skin over time.
3. Clears skin
Acne that pops up in your adult years can be often be calmed with vitamin F. Since it's anti-inflammatory, it reduces breakouts and the size of pimples. In scientific studies, topical linoleic acid (omega-6) helped reduce pustule size after just one month of use.
4. Primo protection from the sun
Something vitamin F does that makes it really stand out is that it can minimise inflammation and boost the skin's recovery process. In other words, when you damage healthy skin cells, it provides a layer of photo-protection to keep you covered. While you shouldn't forget your daily sunscreen, it's good to know that you won't be doing untold damage to your skin just by dashing to the mailbox!
5. And protection from aggressors
You're not just getting added protection from UV when you use vitamin F. You're also getting the building blocks that are found in the outermost layer of your skin. It helps pull them all together tightly to block out pollutants, infections, and other irritants.
6. Leaves skin glowing
If you've been looking for a way to bring back that youthful glow, look no further than vitamin F. Because it addresses dryness, texture, inflammation, irritation, and the other signs of skin ageing, you'll soon start noticing how much healthier and vibrant your skin looks when you use it!
So now that you know what you've been missing in your anti-ageing skincare routine, it's time to stop having FOMO. One of the easiest ways to maximise your topical vitamin F intake is to use skincare made with botanical oils that are high in vitamin F.
Take prickly pear seed oil. It's naturally high in antioxidants and, as we mentioned, boasts more linoleic acid than any other commonly used beauty oil. The high levels of linoleic acid stimulate healthy skin cell function, production, and turnover. And, because prickly pear seed oil is also ridiculously high in vitamin e as well, it is very soothing and healing and lasts up to two years without any preservative (yes, it has even more vitamin e than argan oil!).
You'll want only to use high-quality prickly pear seed oil, though, to get the full benefit of the beautiful omegas in the oil. Indagare's Illumino Youth Serum boasts fresh prickly pear seed oil, sent over each month in small batches from fair-trade co-operatives who grow and cold press this precious oil in rural Morocco. It's a beautifully nourishing formula made of 99% of the best quality prickly pear seed oil in the world, and you can use it mornings only or both morning and night!
Since skin cells do their best work while you sleep, giving us the beloved term of beauty sleep. And, if you are looking for the perfect formula for a healthy dose of vitamin F, you may also want to try Indagare's Signature Night Recovery Oil.
Rich with omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, you'll be giving your skin those missing ingredients it needs to thrive. Boasting healing tamanu ( 30% omega-6), moisturising rosehip (34% omega-3 and 44% omega-6), and nourishing argan (35% omega-6) it is packed with vitamin F.
But this complex formula also offers skin something more – rare omegas of 5, 7, and 9, ensuring you get a bounty of restorative ingredients that fight wrinkles, reduce inflammation, and help skin revitalise, so you wake up looking your best.
However, it is essential to look at vitamin F holistically. Eating a nutritious and healthy diet helps skin stay beautiful from the inside out. To get more vitamin F on the inside, fill your plate with almonds, chia seeds, sprouts, and avocados. Make it a salad and enjoy the beautifying factors of vitamin F throughout your entire body! Don't forget that even with these amazing skincare products indulging your skin with the essential vitamin F it needs, you should still be getting it in your diet.
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