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Effects of Flaxseed Oil on Skin Wrinkles

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author image Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell
Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell is a broadcast journalist who began writing professionally in 1980. Her writing focuses on parenting and health, and has appeared in “Spirituality & Health Magazine" and “Essential Wellness.” Hellesvig-Gaskell has worked with autistic children at the Fraser School in Minneapolis and as a child care assistant for toddlers and preschoolers at the International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie.
Effects of Flaxseed Oil on Skin Wrinkles
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Overview

Flaxseed oil is a rich source of the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid--which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a biologic precursor to omega-3 fatty acids. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) says flaxseed oil and other omega-3 fatty acids may improve heart health and lower cholesterol. Flaxseed oil is also promoted as an effective treatment for skin wrinkles.

Lubrication

According to Anti Aging Project.com, the lubricating effects of flaxseed oil may help diminish the appearance of skin wrinkles. Vitamedica.com says skin that is adequately nourished with essential fatty acids (EFAs), including flaxseed oil, feels softer and smoother, ages more slowly and is less prone to wrinkling. Vitamedica says although topical creams may briefly soften dry skin, internal lubrication is more long lasting.

Flaxseed oil is an ingredient in some commercial anti-aging creams (Natural Secrets) and dietary supplements, (Oil of Olay) according to Anti-Aging Project.com. However, the potential benefits of flaxseed oil can just as easily and perhaps less expensively be achieved from conventional supplements.

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Cellular Response

Promoters of flaxseed oil as an anti-wrinkle treatment theorize that because skin cells have a fatty layer that consists of fatty acids, adding omega-3s strengthen the fatty coating. Anti-Aging Project.com says this reinforcement process adds fullness to the face--which, in turn, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Home Remedies For You.com recommends taking 1 tbsp. flaxseed oil four times daily to reap its full anti-wrinkle effects on the skin. Earth Clinic.com says it won’t be long before forehead wrinkles become less noticeable.

Protective Effects

As an essential fatty acid, flaxseed oil may protect and repair your skin from the harmful effects of the sun that can contribute to skin wrinkling. Nordic Naturals.com says EFAs may slow ultraviolet radiation (UVR) damage to skin cells that can cause premature aging.

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