By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it- all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! In this series, we'll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients. This week’s ingredient is something that is all the rage for foodies, especially for breakfast, but you might not think of it in terms of skincare.
The Ingredient: chia seeds
Also known as: salvia chia, salvia hispanica, chia seed oil
Quick take: We know how good chia seeds are to eat, but those same properties make them good for our skin. Rachel Winard of Soapwalla explains, “Chia seed oil is chock-full of saturated fatty acids, which are crucial in order to maintain healthy skin and to allow more moisture to penetrate the skin barrier. Chia seed oil also allows you to retain that moisture and prevents dry itchy skin from developing. It's one of our star ingredients in Soapwalla's Lavender Vanilla Mint Luxurious Body Oil.”
Claims to fame: Dr. Karyn Grossman, celebrity dermatologist and creator of the KARYNG Skincare line, explains that chia seeds might be tiny, but they’re packed with oh-so- good properties. She says, “Chia seeds have omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in them. The omega acids help to hydrate the skin. The anti-oxidants help to fight free radical formation as well as are anti-inflammatory. Chia seed oil can help to hydrate and calm the skin.” Basically, there’s not much that those little chia seeds can’t do.
Where to find it:
Splurge: Chia Seed Oil-Free Gel Cream ($20)
There may not be any oil in this cream, but it is packed with chia seeds. The omega-3-rich chia seed formula helps your skin lock in moisture so it’ll stay hydrated all day long.
Save: Tree Hut Pear & Chia Seed Gentle Oatmeal Scrub ($6.99)
You can say goodbye to any flaky patches of dry skin thanks to this scrub. It’s formulated with ground oatmeal and chia seeds to help (gently!) buff away any old bits of skin.
Indie: The Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Hydrating Cream ($16.72)
Chia seed and cotton extract come together to form a cool translucent cream that you will want to apply to your face. The gel-like formula has a refreshing feel, plus it gets rid of any shiny zones. You won’t need to worry about blotting sheets when you have this jar in your bathroom.
Do you use chia in your beauty routine? Let us know!