It turns out chia seeds are more than just a good ingredient for DIY puddings.
Arguably the superfood of 2015, we’re all familiar with the mountain of health benefits of these nutritional powerhouses. Although tiny in size, chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber, and have been linked to just about everything from aiding weight-loss to fostering bone growth and even fighting cancer.
So while we’ve been sprinkling them on our breakfast bowls and sneaking them into salads, apparently we should also be lathering them onto our bodies, with the oil extracted from these tiny seeds having the ability to hydrate, protect, rebuild and soothe skin cells.
Oils have become popular in the beauty world because they are incredibly nourishing and lightweight, and have an ideal texture to deeply penetrate skin. In particular, chia seed oil has been proven to increase skin hydration, alleviate irritation and fortify skin barrier function, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and leaving skin soft and smooth.
Move over moisturiser; chia seed oil is fast becoming skincare’s latest obsession and it’s no surprise why.
5 reasons why chia seed oil is the ultimate skin saviour:
- Chia has more omega-3 than salmon, gram for gram. With a 3:1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6, chia seeds are an amazing source of essential fatty acids which encourage the formation of collagen and elastin. Collagen (which you may have heard of or dabbled in), with the help of elastin, supports skin structure and shape, keeping the skin taut and preventing visible signs of ageing
- Chia seed oil is bursting with antioxidants including chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, which provide the skin with a natural barrier to free radical damage associated with ageing, and exposure to UV rays and environmental pollutants
- The amount of vitamin B3 found in chia seeds has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to the skin this helps to alleviate dryness, irritation and redness
- Chia is loaded with zinc which plays a role in the repair of damaged cells and tissues, and regulates oil production. Not only will this leave us with healthy, smooth skin, but it will inhibit an overproduction of oil which can often lead to breakouts
- Due to the water retention properties of the seed, chia seed oil is clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration, reduce trans-epidermal water loss and increase skin barrier function in even the driest skin
The Chia Seed Oil we’re loving
Want to test it out for yourself? We’re currently loving Sukin’s Nourishing Chia Seed Oil+. Part of their Super Greens range, this remedial oil is an easy-to-apply face elixir loaded with photo-nutrients and antioxidants which help maintain a youthful, clear complexion. Featuring additional actives of hemp seed oil and olive fruit oil, as well as a super green blend of kale, spirulina, parsley and chlorella, this powerful concoction will keep the skin radiant from the outside in.