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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Know More about EPA

Most of us know that UV radiation from the sun is public enemy number one as far as the skin is concerned. Overexposure results in premature ageing and wrinkles as well as reduced immunity to disease, and possibly even skin cancer. When our skin is exposed to a lot of sunlight we produce abnormal elastin that causes the skin to stretch and collagen fibres begin to break down. In response to this we produce a large number of enzymes called metalloproteinases or MMPS. This would normally be a good thing as these enzymes try to repair the damage, but it is inefficient and over time, MMPS produced as a result of UV radiation actually results in a break down of collagen and finally wrinkles appear.

A study published in 2005 in the Journal for Lipid Research investigated the effect that EPA had on MMPS arising as a result of ultra violet radiation from the sun in human skin and found that EPA inhibited overproduction of MMPS and reduced the amount of damage to the skin. The researchers Kim et al concluded that EPA could possibly prevent as well as treat skin ageing. Then more recently in 2006, Drs Black and Rhodes found that EPA offers protection against sun-induced damage to skin cells by making the skin more resistant to the sun’s rays in the first place. Participants taking fish oil showed a higher “minimal erythemal dose”. This basically means that the lowest amount of radiation needed to produce erythema (an inflammatory effect on the skin or sunburn) was higher for those taking fish oil. These studies show that EPA not only protects the skin, it limits the damage too, but these are not the only benefits of EPA.

The properties of EPA

EPA is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic properties, both of which help to slow down and minimise the effects of ageing and wear and tear on the body. From the moment we are born, we are subjected to a number of environmental pollutants that put pressure on our skin. Oxygen-free radicals from pollution, for example, are everywhere and result in a process known as oxidation. Oxidation leads to an increase in inflammatory responses and too much can cause premature ageing and wrinkles as well as contribute to the development of many skin conditions. The anti-inflammatory properties of EPA can inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory chemical messengers responsible for these inflammatory responses.

Increasingly as we grow older, our skin starts to thin out and stretch as collagen fibres lose their elasticity, the skin starts to lose its ability to repair itself and can no longer retain moisture as well as it did. Consequently, many people begin to rely on external lotions and potions to keep the skin moist and supple. EPA can help the blood to flow more efficiently throughout the body and contribute to healthy and radiant looking skin. It is interesting that a lack of Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet manifests itself most noticeably as skin problems.

Signs of Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency

– Dry and flaky skin

– Dandruff

– Hard and cracked skin

– Eczema

– Psoriasis

– Acne

– Poor wound healing

– Dull and lifeless looking skin

Most of us are also well aware that stress and anxiety can speed up the ageing process resulting in ‘worry lines’ as well as more serious conditions and threats to our health. The amazing thing is that EPA has demonstrated considerable success in alleviating depression, anxiety and stress so not only does it help us to remain healthy and look younger with better skin and fewer wrinkles, but it has a ‘feel-good’ factor too which helps keep those worry lines at bay.


All this is very exciting, particularly when we consider the amount of time, money and effort spent on the ever-increasing number of products available to help keep us healthy, young and beautiful. The implications are that we can do the same job naturally through diet by taking fish oil supplements containing EPA and benefit not only from healthy more youthful looking skin and all the other documented health-giving properties of EPA but possibly gain a new lease of life too.


Skin Care Tips for Your 20s

1. Washing your face, particularly with hot water, strips it of its natural oils. Be sure to use a gentle, moisturizing cleanser instead of soap, and follow up with a light moisturizer.

2. Avoid exposure to the sun: damage from the sun now will show up later as sun spots and wrinkles.

3. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Apply night cream before tucking up, and wake up to a beautifully moisturized complexion.

4. Don’t forget to hydrate from the inside, too. Drink at least two-and-a-half litres of water each day.

5. Squeezing a pimple can lead to permanent scarring. Apply a warm compress to help bring a blemish to the surface, then apply a spot treatment will absorb more quickly and dry it out faster.

6. Review your daily regimen. If you’re still using the oil- and acne-control products of your teen years, start reevaluating your skin today. Oil glands are not working as hard now so some products may be too harsh for you.

7. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. Now is the time to get a good moisturize with an SPF of at least 15. If you still have excessive oil or acne, get an oil-free formula.

8. Dump junk food. Your on-the-go lifestyle probably combines lots of work and socializing, which means less time to cook. But too much sugar, fat and coffee can speed up aging. Exchange a few burgers for salads, and it will surely make your skin younger.

9. Exercise. Fitness is for life, so the saying goes. Go to the gym, or take up badminton or yoga.

10. Overall body check. Don’t neglect your hair and feet. These, too, get old and sun damaged, and need protection and pampering.

11. Many studies have been done over the years demonstrating the healing and physiological properties of bovine colostrum. Colostrum helps the immune system to function more efficiently, maintain peak performance and fight acne causing bacteria.


Great Skin Care Tips

1. One to two times a day you should cleanse your face with warm water. You should do additional cleansing after every heavy activity. Cleansing is important to get rid of the dirt and harmful pollutants that you are exposed to during your daily activities.

2. To maintain your skin’s elasticity and moisture balance it is very important to drink lots of water. Water is essential to radiant and healthy skin. Water also has many benefits for the rest of the body as well.

3. One of the most essential skin care steps is to figure out what your skin type is. This is the basis for finding the right skin care products for your needs. The ingredients of skin care products are based on skin type, so even if they look the same the ingredients are always different.

4. To remove dead skin cells exfoliation is important. However, never use too much exfoliating products since this will cause harm to your skin rather than helping you achieve healthy skin.

5. To achieve healthy skin an important product is moisturizer. Your skin will dry out if it isn’t properly moisturized. Scaly skin not only doesn’t look good, but it is unhealthy too. When the skin is a little wet it is the best time to apply your moisturizer since it will help lock up the water in your skin which prevents it from drying out as fast.

6. There are different ingredients in soaps that can cause irritation or harm to your face. For this reason you shouldn’t use soap on your face. No matter what your skin type is you can find a variety of facial cleansers. Experiment and find the best cleanser for your needs.

7. When you go outdoors you should use lotions that have Sun Protection Factor or SPF. Whatever the condition of the weather, you should always protect your skin from the harmful UV radiation. Even when it isn’t sunny there are ultra violet rays. Even without noticing it you can become overexposed.

8. Getting a good nights sleep is very important to having healthy skin. You should always find time to sleep even when you have a hectic schedule. Eye wrinkles can result if you don’t get your proper amount of sleep.

9. While stress can be unavoidable it is important to find time to relax. You can help alleviate stress by taking Vitamin B complex. Another good option to relieve stress is to start an exercise routine.

10. If you have a skin disorder it is important to seek professional advice. Always talk with a dermatologist before jumping into using any products.