Chia Seed Oil: ingredient spotlight

Chia Seed Oil: ingredient spotlight

You may have noticed lately that there’s a bit of buzz around our Skin Savior Waterless Multibalm. Rachel Zoe uses it daily and called it a-mah-zing, described it
as the perfect beauty cure-all for the entire family and called Skin Savior
“the bomb.”

What, exactly, is all the fuss about? Really? What makes this balm different than any other? Well, we are big fans of every ingredient in our Skin Savior Waterless Multi-Balm, but if we had to pick one, chia seed oil is our star.

Chia seeds have been used for centuries for their remarkable beneficial properties. A staple for Incan, Mayan, and Aztec cultures, chia seeds were referred to as “Indian Running Food” because they are so energizing. Today, chia seed is being rediscovered and embraced as a “superfood” for its high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. And there is some pretty cool research that shows topical use of chia seed oil increases skin hydration, alleviates itchy skin and increases skin barrier function. We agree. Amazing!

The oil has found recent interest in the cosmetics industry for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties too. Researchers at the Korea University of Dermatology formulated oil extracted from chia seed (Salvia hispanica) into topical products and measured the results on patients with renal dysfunction (dry, itchy skin is a real problem for these patients). After two weeks of continued use, they observed improved skin hydration, skin barrier function, reduced trans-epidermal water loss and a decrease in itchy skin. It is interesting to note that in this study, topical moisturizers and emollients typically used rarely resolved the dry and itchy skin of these patients. No wonder everyone is always looking for a new skin cream!

Photo by Scott Clark Photography.

Chia seed is the richest botanical source of Omega 3 fatty acids found in nature. Gram for gram, chia seed oil offers more omega-3 fatty acides than flax seed or fish oil. And it doesn’t have the rancidity issues that are associated with flax seed and fish oils. Win. Win. Chia oil is gluten-free and contains 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries! Chia oil is rich in protein, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin and zinc. It is like putting a topical multi-vitamin and an Omega 3 supplement on your face! For our star ingredient, we chose a food grade, super critical extract of chia seed oil that delivers a whopping 600 mg omega-3 per 1 gram of extract! This allows for a super dose of Omega 3s in a small amount of product. Super potency for super effects!

The high levels of Vitamin B3 and Zinc help to explain why those with oily and acneic skins see such great results while using the Skin Savior Multibalm. Vitamin B3, a proven anti-inflammatory, helps to reduce the redness that often accompanies blemishes and calms the skin. Topical zinc has been shown to help calm sebum production and may help to ward off bacterial infections in acne. Zinc is also a required element in tissue repair and rebuilding. It helps your skin heal after acne and can also help prevent scarring. And if that weren’t enough, chia seed has hydrophilic properties helping the skin retain moisture.

Definitely a star!