Flaxseeds are tiny power-packed seeds that are full of goodness, densely packed with protein, fibre, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants…Adding this miracle plant food to your diet and skincare regime opens the door to gorgeous skin. Wanna know how? Read on.
The high content of dietary fibre and lignans in these tiny seeds ensure the digestive track is clear and clean, which is essential in preventing ugly breakouts by sweeping away acne-causing toxins.
Flaxseed is also rich in omega-3 fatty acid, which has great anti-inflammatory properties. Since acne is primarily caused by inflammation, maintaining an omega-3 rich diet helps prevent or reduce the severity of acne.
Omega-3 can also reduce the over-production of sebum by regulating hormonal fluctuations, and thus lower the risk of breakouts.
#2 Minimize irritations
Rough, irritated skin?
As said, flaxseed is known for its high anti-inflammatory properties. This means that applying flaxseed oil to your skin, or ingesting it can help ease skin irritation, redness and tissue inflammation.
#3 Fight wrinkles
The omega-3 in flaxseeds helps your body to produce collagen that keeps skin smooth and elastic. The truth is the more omega-3 acids you have in your body, the stronger the layer of fat will be around your skin cells. This means taking this miraculous anti-ageing superfood plumps up your skin and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. And treating your skin with a flaxseed oil facial is also a great way to combat wrinkles.
#4 Make skin glow
The essential fatty acids in flax seeds work inside out to keep your skin hydrated, plump and glowy. And lignans in the oil help brighten and lighten the complexion since these are potent antioxidants that protect the skin from sun damage. Get glowing, dewy skin simply by adding these powerful seeds into your diet and skincare routine.
How to use:
For dietary consumption:
- Incorporate flaxseed into your diet by sprinkling freshly ground flaxseed over your food. Start with small doses and take up to 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed every day.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of flaxseed oil to your food such as soup, salad and smoothies per day. Don’t cook it as it has low smoke points and may increase your risk of cancer after heated.
To apply on skin:
- After cleansing, massage flaxseed oil gently into the affected skin (irritation / wrinkles) while your skin is still damp.
- To use as moisturizer for dry skin, take a few drops and apply it on your freshly-washed face. Top with your usual moisturizer to seal its benefits. Your skin will be glowing and soft when you wake up the next morning.
- DIY flaxseed mask: Mix together 2 teaspoons of ground flaxseed and 4 teaspoons of water. Let sit for 15 minutes so that it will turn sticky and gooey. Slather the mixture on your skin and leave it on for 2-5 minutes. It will exfoliate and brighten up your skin.