If you're up on foodie culture, you've likely heard a lot of buzz about chia seeds lately. Once used by Aztecs, Incas and Mayans as a staple food, chia has seen a food renaissance recently. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein and fiber, these trendy seeds are loaded with nutritional goodness. Wouldn't it make sense then that they'd do just as much good for the outside of your body as the inside? While less well known in the beauty community, chia seeds are starting to pop up as a key ingredient in organic beauty products.
These unassuming little seeds, when cold pressed into an oil, work beauty wonders on skin. Chia seed oil is super moisturizing. It hydrates, rebuilds, protects and calms skin. The powerful antioxidants in the oil work to protect skin against damage from free radicals associated with aging and UV damage. Chia also contains high levels of vitamin B3, which is highly anti-inflammatory and reduces redness and blemishes.
Those omega-3 fatty acids praised for their nutritional benefits, also mean that chia seed oil, which is heavy with the acids, encourages the formation of collagen and elastin to keep skin firm and supple, and reduce those pesky wrinkles.
We found two amazing beauty products that include chia. Both products work to moisturize and condition sensitive facial skin. They prove that chia is much more than just a superfood; it's a fresh and nourishing beauty ingredient.