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.
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.