Owing to chia seeds’ high nutritional value and skincare benefits, they have gained popularity in the recent past years.
Derived from the plant Salvia hispanica, these seeds are rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and vitamins and minerals. Chia seed oil is extracted from its seeds and it holds a high nutrition value. This oil is used in the skin care industry as an anti-aging ingredient, as well as in kitchens worldwide as a substitute for olive oil.
Following are the benefits and uses of Chia Seed Oil:
Prevents premature skin aging
Chia Seed Oil is a vital ingredient in skin care products because of their high fatty acid content. Consuming food-grade chia seed oil and using skin care products containing chia seed oil may help keep the skin looking young.
Relieves dry skin
Chia seed oil is rich in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA and omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid. These two healthy fats have been shown to help restore the skin’s moisture barrier, especially in those with dry skin conditions.
For best results, chia seed oil should be applied to the skin immediately after a bath, as this is when the skin absorbs water best.
Reduces frizz in hair
When the hair is dry, the cuticle becomes rough and swells causing frizzy hair. Chia seed oil can penetrate the hair shaft to seal in moisture as it is rich in fatty acids.
Promotes shiny hair
To achieve healthy hair with shine, it is important to ensure that your hair is well hydrated and free of breakage. Chia seed oil is used as a natural hair product. The high fatty acid content penetrates the hair shaft, which allows the hair to stay hydrated and brings out its natural shine.
Improves heart health
While some studies have found eating chia seeds may reduce cholesterol, waist circumference, and heart disease risk, it’s unknown whether chia seed oil has the same effects. That’s because its fiber, which also benefits heart health and weight management is removed.
Supports brain health
No studies directly tie chia seed oil to improved brain health and more research is needed in proving that. Increasing omega-3 intake from a variety of food sources may help keep your brain healthy.