More Than Just a Superfood - The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil for Skin

 

More Than Just a Superfood - The Benefits of Chia Seed Oil for Skin.

— Kat explores the benefits of this ingredient for hydrated looking skin.

 

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Kat Guerrero
Noéma contributor

 
 

Did you know that chia, the absolute darling of the health world, is revered among skin aficionados for its naturally moisturising and healing properties?

The word ‘chia’ is derived from the Nahuatl language. Chia in Nahuatl means oil - a hint of the beneficial powers of chia seeds. The pressed oil from chia seeds is packed with omegas and antioxidants that shield the epidermis from external disruptions. The oil absorbs rapidly, boosts hydration, and protects the lipid layer of the skin. Long story short: you can have your chia pudding and eat it too.

Supercritical chia oil is directly extracted from Salvia Hispanica. Using carbon dioxide, oil is pressed and extracted to create an antioxidant rich blend.  The oil contains a plethora of bioactive components, including tocopherol, polyphenols and phospholipids.

 
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Chia seed oil boasts one of the highest concentrated vegetarian-friendly sources of omega-3 linolenic acid, a fatty acid that increases skin moisture and repairs broken epidermal cells. Applying Omega-3 on the skin creates an epidermal seal, which is hydrating, encourages collagen production and protects the skin from external influences. Additionally, chia seed oil is high in antioxidants, a crucial compound that reduces inflammation, encourage epidermal healing, and visually corrects damage.

Chia seed oil also includes:

  • Vitamin B3: B3, or nicotinamide, is known for brightening the skin, restoring cells, repairing DNA and minimising the effect of UV exposure. B3 reduced redness, slows discolouration and strengthens the epidermal barrier.

  • Zinc: This mineral protects the skin from inflammation and external environmental stressors. It also combats free radicals, uncharged molecules notorious for disrupting the skins cellular makeup.

  • Fiber: major hydration. The high-fiber content of chia oil means that the oil improves the skin's barrier and pull moisture from wherever it can be found. For dry skin, chia is key to controlling oil production and maximising hydration.

History

Chia seeds have a long and rich history, weaving between cultures in Central America and establishing itself as a powerful superfood. The roots of the word ‘chia’ are debatable. Some say that chia means strength in Mayan, while others are convinced that ‘chia’ means oil in the Nahuatl language. The Mayan and Aztec believed that the seed had supernatural powers that brought them superhuman strength and energy.

Chia seeds are traced back to 3500 B.C, where they were consumed in the Aztec diet. Years later, chia seeds found their way to the Mexican Teotihuacan and Toltec people (circa 900 B.C). Chia seeds were primarily used for the diet, but also mixed into medicine, pastes, and flour.

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