The GOOD OIL

Don’t fear the fat – fatty acids have a range of ben­e­fits for your brain, heart and body; but most im­por­tantly, your face!

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When I was 19 years old, I had a case of cys­tic acne that was the bane of my ex­is­tence. It hurt! It scarred! Af­ter I had spent some se­ri­ous dol­lars at the beauty store, things were look­ing bet­ter but over­all my face was still some­thing out of a hor­ror show. It was the wise words of my doc­tor that stayed with me: “There’s only so much that you can put on your skin that will help; you have to x this prob­lem from the in­side.”

A decade and a bit since, the prob­lem has shifted from pim­ples to some­thing even more in­sid­i­ous: wrin­kles. There’s just the hint of them so far but I know the re­al­ity: they are com­ing. And just like the good doc­tor told me back then, it’s not a prob­lem that can be solely xed from the out­side (although you can try to take my fancy night cream from my cold, dead hands).

There’s a lot I can tell you about the many bene ts of good fats: the omegas, the fatty acids. That they sup­port joint mo­bil­ity and car­dio­vas­cu­lar health. That they can look af­ter your men­tal health, sup­port­ing men­tal clar­ity and fo­cus, and bal­anced mood. That they would sup­port healthy choles­terol, and sup­port your joint health, help­ing you stay mo­bile.

But as a woman with a face, I know the real in­for­ma­tion to work with here: in­clud­ing fatty acids in your diet will hy­drate your skin from the in­side and up your glow fac­tor. It’s par­tic­u­larly use­ful as we get to the colder months of the year – where chilly out­door tem­per­a­tures and heated-up in­te­ri­ors suck the mois­ture from your face. And if the side ef­fects to hav­ing a youth­ful face and hy­drated skin hap­pen to be clear think­ing, a bal­anced mood, a mo­bile body and a healthy heart? Well, that’s a price we’re will­ing to pay.

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