The Good Oil - Part 2: Why Essential Fatty Acids are Essential for Your Health  

Lipids form the main component of any oil. Essential fatty acids (EFA) play a key role for the health of our skin and are an important part of Lipids. The benefits of EFA can be acquired through our diet and also it can be obtained when applied externally, too.


I initially had a 3-page article on EFAs alone but I know you are time-poor. The table below summarises the benefits of different Essential Fatty Acids found in oils:

Essential Fatty Acids



Omega -6 Linoleic Acid (Oils high in Linoleic acid absorb quickly and deeply into the skin layers.

• Maintains barrier (protection) and passage (movement) function.

• Nourishes the skin deeply.

Passionfruit Oil, Rosehip seed Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Borage seed Oil, Cherry kernel Oil, Evening Primrose Oil.

Omega – 3 Alpha – Linolenic Acid

• Reduces inflammation of the skin.

• Relieves itchiness, redness and irritation of the skin.

• Protective and nourishing.

Chia Seed Oil, Red Raspberry seed Oil, BlackBerry seed Oil.

Gamma – Linolenic acid – An omega 6 fatty acid

• Maintains moisture levels and supports skin’s barrier function.

• Difficult skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis have been improved in some studies with the use of GLA in the diet.

Evening Primrose Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil.

Oleic Acid - Omega – 9 fatty acid

• Maintains suppleness, flexibility and softness of the skin.

• Useful in healthy balanced skin

NOTE: If Linoleic acid is deficient, too much Oleic acid can aggravate sebum production and can cause acne and breakouts.

Açai Oil, Apricot kernel Oil, Avocado Oil.

Omega 7 – Palmitoleic acid

• Has protective and anti-microbial properties.

• Stimulates healing.

• Provides protection

Macadamia Nut Oil, Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil.

Stearic acid

• Has occlusive and protective properties.

• Helps to protect the skin against wind, cold, dryness by acting as barrier protection.

Shea Butter, Kokum Butter, Illepe Butter.

Lauric acid

• Compatible with normal skin function.

• Has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

• Offers occlusive and protective function.

Babassu Butter, coconut Oil.

Gadoleic acid

• Helps in barrier function.

• Protects the skin’s outer layers from damage by oxidation

Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam Oil.

Ricinoleic acid

• Has pain alleviating, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

• Deeply penetrates the skin and has healing properties.

Castor Oil.

Punicic acid

• Supports collagen production.

• Helps to fight inflammation

• Regenerates skin tissues.

• Strengthening skin’s natural functions.

• Suitable for mature skin types.

• Protects against environmental aggressors like wind and sun.

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Brassic acid

• Offers natural silicone feel to skin and hair.

• Very protective and nourishing.

Broccoli Seed Oil

 Mother Nature is diverse in her health-giving properties. No wonder that these essential fatty acids are essential!

 I hope you enjoyed this article and I’d love to hear your comments. In my next article, we are going to explore phyto-chemicals, Mother’s Nature’s secret to vitality!

Our Best Selling Face Oil Serum is formulated with balanced Essential Fatty Acid profile- Linoleic, Alpha-Linoleic, Oleic, Palmitoleic and Punicic acids which are vital to protect and nourish your skin deeply, maintain suppleness and softness of the skin, support Collagen production, regenerate skin tissues, protect against harsh environmental aggressors like wind, cold and sun and overall to maintain a balanced and healthy skin.

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Our Face Oil Serum is suitable for all Skin types including oily, combination and sensitive skin.

 Watch this space for our Good Oil - Part 3: Phyto-chemicals for Natural Vitality.

 With Love,

 Bhuvi – Founder and Formulator @PetalDew Skincare

Certified Organic Skincare Formulator (Skincare Expert Programme - Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation & Advanced Diploma in Organic Cosmetic Science – Formula Botanica)

 Credit and source: 

1. Power of the Seed Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty By Susan M Parker







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