There are so many fresh ways to get that glowing and youthful skin we all yearn to have. What frazzles me is that as far as natural skin care is concerned we really only get to see a fraction of what is on offer. Therefore, on my holistic quest for healthier skin, it always excites me to discover new things!
Never would I imagine that a little black seed can be so powerful for our skin. I’m talking about an unsung hero called chia seeds. So come along and join me while we find out more on the good things it can do for skin.
What are Chia seeds
They come from a plant known as Salvia hispanica L. and are rich in antioxidants, fatty acids,proteins, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin B1, B2, B3. Really , need I say more!
The best way to obtain the oil is through cold pressing. Chia seed oil is sought after in the health & beauty industry because of it’s nutrients and versatile ways it benefits hair and skin. The benefits to your skin are remarkable as it’s a super anti -aging fighter. OK we definitely on the right track now to goodness:)
Things are looking promising for this little black seed and did you know it is super delicious and fast becoming a great alternative for olive oil!
You can find it basically everywhere, at your local stores or on-line and it won’t break your budget!
So how do you include them into your daily rituals?
How chia seed oil works wonders
Its super easy to use directly on skin and delicious ways to add to your meals. I have found the following ways to use chia seed oil :
Keeps skin hydrated
- Packed with Omega 3 & 6 the two fatty acids that are essential in restoring skin’s moisture barrier.
- Dry & itchy skin woes will benefit from this little black seed as it improves the skin barrier function and reduces itching.
- Best way to keep the moisture locked in is to apply the oil immediately after a bath or shower as this is when your skin absorbs at it’s best!
Keeps skin young
- This powerhouse of vitamins and minerals will surely fight off all those bad elements in our world that cause aging.
- A natural antioxidant dream that delivers on protecting and repairing the skin.
- Best way to stay safe under UV rays is to apply in the morning just about 20 min before your normal moisturizer & sunscreen.
Keeps skin calm
- Fatty acids strikes again with it’s amazing anti inflammatory skills.
- Oily or acne prone skin can count on this little black seed to sooth inflammation.
- Reduces scarring that is part and parcel of severe acne.
A wide variety of organic skin care products that showcase chia seed can be sourced online or at your beauty store. You can still create your own organic remedy though and it will be surprisingly easy and affordable!
Chia seed oil face mask
Mix 2 tbsp of chia seeds, with a half cup of coconut oil and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Let this mask sit on your face for about 10-12 minutes, and you will notice chia seeds forming a gel-like layer.
Follow this with massaging your face in circular motion for a few minutes to exfoliate your skin, and wash it off with lukewarm water.
This mask will remove dead cells, hydrate, soothe and moisturize your face, and leave you with a flawless skin!
Use with an essential oil of choice
Depending on what outcome you need for your skin, use chia seed oil as an alternative to your normal carrier oils. Swap it out with your coconut / almond/ olive or jojoba and you will be pleasantly surprised from your face down to your toes!
- Moisturizing : to super hydrate use this body oil and blend half a cup of chia seed oil with 1 tbsp of calendula or buchu essential oil.
- Sooth : to calm inflamed skin I would blend the same ratio as above and use frankincense or lavender essential oil.
- Wrinkles : to clear the skin from effects of aging I would blend with moringa or sandalwood essential oil.
Try it in your food
In keeping with a holistic approach to skin care I would suggest you start munching on it too!
Considered to be one of the most nutrient rich foods in the world you would be crazy not to put it on the shopping list. Basically you can add it to smoothies/ salads / oatmeal / baked goods and almost anything you would normally add seeds to-:)
Your brain, heart & skin will thank you for it!
Final word on Chia
Hopefully I have given enough good reasons to start and end your day with this little black seed. And yes chia seed oil is definitely good for your skin. It is relatively safe to consume unless you have a nut allergy then rather double check that.
An amazing oil to lock in moisture and keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Also, a super soother for inflamed skin all thanks to the powerhouse of nutrients and fatty acids. Furthermore all skin types will benefit from this superfood and blending it with certain essential oils you can easily solve a variety of skin woes.
Will you give it a try soon and let me know if it was good to your skin?
Love your skin naturally!
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