We put chia seeds in our smoothies and sprinkle them over our acai bowls. And we’d be lying if we said we weren’t obsessed with Chia Pets back in the day. But now, we’re finding out that chia seed oil has insane skin-plumping, hair-beautifying and under-eye-bag–eliminating benefits, too.
What is chia seed oil?
Quite literally, chia seed oil is the oil extracted from chia seeds. It’s rich in skin-strengthening fatty acids, vitamin B3 and zinc, which helps to unclog pores. It’s naturally one of the lighter oils, so it absorbs quickly into the skin without making you look like a grease ball. Not to mention, it has the highest level of antioxidants out of any other oil, so to say it’s healthy is an understatement.
What are the benefits of using chia seed oil?
It can help fight irritation, UV damage and even tackle stubborn blemishes. Plus, its high concentration of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids actually helps build collagen, which is key for maintaining a youthful glow. But chia seed oil’s main claim to fame is in the hydration department. It’s high-fiber content physically pulls water into the skin to help maintain moisture levels, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even helping to relieve dryness and peeling.
How do you use chia seed oil?
- To banish blemishes
Due to its anti-inflammatory power, chia seed oil can help clear blemishes quickly. Use it as a spot treatment by applying it to blemishes with a Q-tip. Just let it sink in before applying any other products.
- For shiny hair
Protein and zinc are optimal minerals for hair health. And chia seed oil is chock-full of both. Apply two to three drops to your palms, rub together and rake through lengths prior to styling for added sheen. Or, add it to damp locks as a leave-in conditioner.
- As an eye serum
Chia seed oil naturally tightens the skin, so when it’s applied to the under eye it helps to diminish bags and sagging while nourishing the delicate skin. Just pat a drop under your eyes with your ring finger and let it get to work.