A new research conducted in Germany and France showed that supplements with flaxseed or borage oil may protect skin against reddening and improve skin health inside out. This is mainly attributed to omega-3 and omega-6-rich oils from flax and borage which led to a decrease in skin roughness and so-called skin scaling.

Growing awareness of the link between diet, health and beauty means that many consumers are receptive to the concept of 'beauty from within'. There is a growing body of science focusing on the potential benefits of nutrients to boost skin health from within, with lutein, lycopene and superoxide dismutase (SOD) having been reported to improve skin health. The same researchers behind the new study previously reported that flavanol-rich chocolate may protect against skin reddening (Journal of Nutrition, Vol 136, pp 1565-1569).

The researchers led by Wilhelm Stahl from the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, recruited 45 non-smoking, healthy women between the ages of 18 and 65 and randomly assigned them to one of three groups. Two groups received daily supplements of flaxseed oil or borage oil (2.2 grams of total fatty acids), while a third received medium-chain fatty acids as the placebo.

Flaxseed and Borage Oil Supplements Shown to Aid Skin Health | SkinInc.com

This is good news for people who are regularly taking flaxseed or borage. Actually, this is just one of the many manifestations of the growing interest and hopefully a lasting trend of “beauty from within” or using nutrition to be truly beautiful from the inside and out. And I like it.