Is vi­ta­min F the an­swer to per­fect skin?

Can this lat­est much-hyped su­per nu­tri­ent re­ally help to clear up your com­plex­ion? Closer asks the beauty ex­perts…

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While many of the lat­est “won­der” in­gre­di­ents on W the beauty shelves prom­ise to brighten and fight off signs of age­ing, the lat­est goodie to cre­ate a buzz goes a lit­tle deeper and claims to re­pair the skin’s bar­rier to fight off a whole host of is­sues. We speak to skin­care ex­pert Dr Imo­gen Bex­field to find out if vi­ta­min F is re­ally worth in­vest­ing in.

BIG BEN­E­FITS

Imo­gen says, “Vi­ta­min F, more com­monly known as linoleic acid, is an es­sen­tial fatty acid, and its main job is to heal the skin’s nat­u­ral bar­rier. As well as plump­ing and hy­drat­ing, it is also a pow­er­ful an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory, help­ing to fight acne and blem­ishes. It’s a bit of a game-changer if your skin is prob­lem­atic, dry or spot-prone. Hav­ing low lev­els of vi­ta­min F can cause pore block­ages, which lead to break­outs, so in­tro­duc­ing it to your rou­tine can re­ally help. It can be used on all skin types, though, es­pe­cially dur­ing the win­ter months as it also hy­drates and pro­tects against the cold weather bril­liantly, too.”

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

She adds, “This vi­ta­min is of­ten found on its own in many skin­care prod­ucts, but can also be hid­den in a few pre­cious botan­i­cal oils, too. In­gre­di­ents such as rose­hip, grape­seed, hemp and evening prim­rose oil all con­tain vi­ta­min F, so look for daily lo­tions and night creams that con­tain one or more of them.”

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