Skin food: Chia seed beauty products
There’s plenty of buzz around chia seeds and their health benefits, as they’re being used in everything from smoothies to healthy treats. Chia seeds come from a species of flowering plant in the mint family and have been highly valued as an endurance promoting food by the Mayans and Aztecs since ancient times. These humble seeds are also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, protein, fibre and other nutritional goodies. While less known in the beauty world, chia seed oil is starting to pop up more and more as a key ingredient in skincare and other beauty products. Here’s the scoop on how chia can boost your beauty routine.
Start off with something to wash away the day’s dirt and oil like The Face Shop’s Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam. This purifying cleanser thoroughly removes dirt, oils and make-up to leave your skin radiant and without stripping your skin of moisture that it depends on.
Sukin’s Chia Seed Oil+ imparts a wealth of goodness to the skin, including minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to target lines, and reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier. This silky oil is combined with hemp seed oil, olive fruit oil, and a super green blend of kale, spirulina, parsley and chlorella extracts to provide a powerful combination of nutrients to leave the skin dewy and balanced. After applying to the face, rub the excess into dry spots elsewhere such as cuticles, dry split ends and elbows.
Or try Angela Langford’s bloom & glow facial oil which features a blend of chia seed and sea buckthorn formulated to improve skin’s elasticity as well as calm inflammation. Massage one or two drops into clean skin using gentle upward motions or add a little to your moisturiser and apply after using a serum.
Chia seed oil is now even being embraced by haircare brands. Natural World Volume & Shine Chia Seed Oil range is infused with certified organic chia seed oil and an uplifting blend of five essential oils including rosemary, orange and lemongrass. The creamy volume boosting shampoo and conditioner effectively removes dirt and impurities that weigh the hair down, while providing silky soft shine and volume even the finest hair.