Food for your skin: The age-defying properties of chia oil

Food for your skin: The age-defying properties of chia oil

When it comes to flawless skin, chia oil is one of the products you should definitely include in your skincare routine. Though chia is quite popular as nutritious food, the cosmetic use of chia oil has recently become trendy. But why?

Chia seed oil, or salvia hispanica seed oil, is a type of oil extracted from the seeds of the chia plant. It is actually a member of the mint family that used to be one of the main foods in the Aztec diet –as early as 3500 BC. It was used in medicine, ground into flour, mixed in drinks and pressed for oil. No wonder it was considered a sacred plant, as its oil has powerful antioxidant properties and it is packed with fatty acids –one of the highest sources for any plant. Also, it is very resistant to oxidation, which makes this ingredient great for cosmetic formulation.

Though chia is quite popular as nutritious food, the cosmetic use of chia oil has recently become trendy. But why?

Benefits for the skin

Moisturizer

Chia seed oil is rich in emollients, which makes this non-fragrant oil super effective to soften and improve the skin barrier function –decreasing transepidermal water loss.

Chia oil used to be one of the main foods in the Aztec diet –as early as 3500 BC.

Anti-aging protector

Chia seed oil is packed with powerful antioxidants that protect the skin from the oxidative damage free radicals –highly responsible for the aging of our skin–, pollution and UV radiation.

Helps treat irritation

It helps hydrate and improve skin itchiness, which strengthens the skin barrier and aids the general appearance of your complexion. It is perfectly safe to use on irritated, inflamed and oil-prone skin.

How to include it in your skincare routine

Apply chia oil after you’ve cleansed your face and tapped gently a towel to dry the remaining water.

To reap all its benefits it is better to apply chia oil after you’ve cleansed your face and tapped gently a towel to dry the remaining water. Let it soak for a few minutes, then apply your regular moisturizer and sunscreen.

The bottom line: Chia seed oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that moisturizes, protects your skin and improves dryness and itchiness.

 

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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