There are many ingredients that are equally beneficial for the skin as they are for the body. Chia seeds are extremely popular with health freaks looking to increase their fibre and protein intake. They are often used in smoothies, salads and acai bowls. These yummy seeds are rich in antioxidants and are an extremely popular ingredient for skincare formulations. So much so that, much like your nutritionists, even skincare experts are recommending adding chia seed oil to your everyday routine.
What is chia seed oil?
The chia seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the chia plant. This non-fragrant oil is in antioxidants like caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, myricetin, and quercetin. In addition to this, the oil is also packed with omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols that are super beneficial in your skincare routine.
One of the major reasons why chia seed oil catapulted to fame is that it is very stable. This means that it can easily be used in your moisturiser, serums, lip balms and face oils without oxidising or feeling too heavy on the face.
Benefits of chia seed oil for face
As mentioned above, chia seed oil offers multiple benefits for the skin. Some of the major ones have been detailed below:
01. Improves skin’s barrier function: The emollient quality of chia seed oil makes it an excellent moisturising agent for your skin. As such, regular use can help nourish your skin’s lipid barrier and make it more resilient against environmental damage.
02. Works as an anti-ageing agent: Since chia seed oil is immensely rich in antioxidants, it can help fight free-radical damage in the skin. This helps in fighting off early signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots.
03. Helps hydrate skin: Chia seed oil is an excellent hydrating compound for dry skin types. It helps boost the hydration levels of the skin and inhibits moisture loss from the skin.
04. Soothes itchy, irritated skin: Some studies have shown chia seed oil helps people with issues like itchy skin, dehydrated skin, and eczema. The calming properties of chia can be taken advantage of by those with sensitive skin types.
The best way to make the most of chia seed oil for your skin is to use it on freshly cleansed skin in your morning routine. It is often recommended to use it in the form of a potent serum. One of our favourite chia seed oil-infused pick is the Dermalogica Biolumin-c Vitamin C Serum. Combined with lactic acid and a vitamin C complex, this is the perfect pick to keep your skin looking bright and feeling plump all day!