Help for those with dry, sensitive skin

Here in Boulder, Colo., where Pharmaca has its headquarters, we revel in the mixed blessing of dry air. While it’s great to live without the humidity during the warm summers, at about this point in the season the dry air can lead to cracked, rough skin.

That’s why a recent study in the journal Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology got us so excited. Turns out, supplementing with flaxseed oil (a good source of essential fatty acids), can help not only hydrate and smooth skin, but also reduce sensitivity.

The study followed women who were given supplements of either safflower seed oil or flax oil. After 12 weeks, the women who were supplementing with the flaxseed had significant increases in skin hydration and smoothness, along with decreased sensitivity and transepidermal water loss.

To find out why, we spoke with some practitioners at our South Boulder store, who told us that flaxseed contains a unique essential fatty acid called alpha-lipoic acid. ALA creates a fatty understructure in the skin that helps smooth out and plump the skin. Sounds good, right?

While you can consume flaxseed through your diet, you can get higher concentrations through supplementation. Pharmaca offers flaxseed in either capsules or liquid form, with liquid being the biggest “bang for your buck.”

Our staffers like Barleans Lignan Flaxseed Oil, a tasty way to get a liquid dose every day. Barlean’s even offers a combination oil, Total Omega Swirl, that includes GLA from Borage and Evening Primrose Oils, and EPA and DHA from Fish Oils.

If you prefer a capsule, Pharmaca’s Certified Organic Flaxseed Oil is another great way to go. Talk to a practitioner about how to incorporate more flax into your supplement regimen!

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