Fat is your skin’s friend, which is why you want to make sure you’re getting your fill of those healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Without enough healthy fat in your body, your skin will be more prone to drying. Yet by getting the right fat, namely alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, which you can get from plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids), you’ll be able to fight age-related skin dryness. Even better? Your skin’s elasticity can be improved by eating more omega-3 fatty acids, which include not only ALA but also docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Your heart will also benefit, as studies show that omega-3 fatty acids can lower inflammation, blood pressure, and cholesterol and may prevent plaque from building in your arteries.
You can get omega-3 fatty acids from fish or plant-based sources like chia seeds, flaxseed, and walnuts. If you’re following a vegan diet, know that you may not get enough DHA and EPA from plants alone, so you may have to supplement. Look for vegan versions with algae-based sources.
There’s a reason many professional facials include a steam: it helps increase your skin’s oil production, which not only moisturizes your skin but also gives you a youthful glow. The one caveat? If you have rosacea or are susceptible to acne, you should probably avoid the heat.
You don’t need to wait for a professional to do it for you, though. It’s simple to do a facial steam at home. Just boil 1 to 2 quarts of water and pour it into a glass bowl. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you like. Mix the oils in (or not) and then let the water sit for several minutes until its steam is warm but not hot. Hold your head about 6 to 8 inches from the water and place a towel over your head, tenting it so you trap the steam. Stay here for up to ten minutes before rinsing your face with cool water and then moisturizing.