Did you know that the benefits of chia seed have a wonderful inside-out effect? They contain nutrients that provide many benefits and fortifications for your insides AND benefits for your skin on the outide as well. Check out all the ways chia seeds do your body good!
We’ve all heard that great gifts come in small packages, and the chia seed proves it. Chia seeds contain of wealth of nutrients.
Omega fatty acids make up a vital part of cell membranes. They support brain and heart health and they also support a healthy inflammatory response. Sixty percent of the oil in chia seeds is from omega-3 fatty acids1. Foods that contain omega-3 support memory and cognition function and keep the brain healthy by providing proper blood flow to the brain.
Chia seeds contain quercetin, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants reduce oxidative damage and stress in cells. Chronic oxidative stress triggers the effects of aging. The antioxidants in chia seeds help combat those aging effects, making them a wonderful addition to your skin-care regimen.
Chia seeds are high in fiber, which is great for healthy gut and bowel health. Add to that the prebiotic effect it ha as it supports the good bacteria in your gut and the cleansing effect that comes as the sticky gel-like substance improves intestinal conditions.
Another benefit of chia seeds is that they are a complete protein, which means they contain all nine essential amino acids for human nutrition.
Because of the antioxidants and omega-3s, people already view chia seeds as remarkable support for skin health, but they can be just as useful applied topically as they can be when ingested. Omega-3s are found naturally in the skin barrier, meaning they lock in moisture while locking out environmental dangers such as pollution. Since omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties, they can soothe irritated skin3.
So whether you’re spreading it on your face, or sprinkling it over your salad, chia seeds can provide your skin with that extra glow.
And if you’re wondering how to apply it topically, we have a great chia seed DIY facial mask recipe to try now!
DIY Chia Seed Facial Mask
- 2 teaspoons Sunwarrior Harvest Chia Seeds
- 6 teaspoons water
- 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil (or oil scent of your personal preference)
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil (if you have naturally oily skin, do not add the coconut oil)
Grind the chia seed in a high-speed blender (you can also use a spice or coffee grinder). In a medium bowl, combine ground chia seeds and water and mix until the powder thickens and begins to gel. Add your essential oil and mix well.
To apply to your face, wash your face first and then dry it thoroughly. Apply the gel until your full face is covered. Leave for ten minutes, taking this time to relax. Rince thoroughly with warm water.