Is Chia Seed Good For Your Skin? Here's How To Incorporate The Superfood Into Your Beauty Routine

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We are becoming increasingly aware of the ingredients that we incorporate not only into our meal plans, but into our beauty plans, too. And it's a well-known fact that chia seeds have great nutritional benefits and are great for the body. But what about your skin? Is chia seed good for your skin? Let's take a look to discover if this little wonder seed is good for the skin when eaten and when applied topically.

Let's begin by analysing how chia seed can help your body when eaten and incorporated into your diet. First, it's worth mentioning that chia seeds are an amazing source of fibre, BBC Good Food states, which, in turn, helps to support a healthy digestive system. According to BBC Good Food, the seeds are also a good source of protein, making them great for vegetarians or vegans who lack protein usually provided by meat. Lastly, they contain magnesium and calcium, which are important in maintaining a healthy diet.

Calcium, in turn, aids in keeping healthy skin, beauty brand L'Oréal reports. So chia seeds benefit skin even if just for this reason. But there's more.

"Chia seeds can offer serious benefits when added to your skincare regimen too," explains skincare brand Perricone MD. "The oil extracted from chia seeds has incredible beauty benefits. Not only are they rich in precious omega-3 fatty acids, but they’re also intensely anti-inflammatory, calming and antioxidant-rich. What does that mean exactly? Chia oil is a great bet for restoring vital moisture, diminishing redness and inhibiting the appearance of wrinkles."

Chia seed can aid dryness on the face, lips and body when applied topically, and it can also provide a noticeable glow on the complexion, according to Perricone MD.

So how can you incorporate chia seeds into your skincare routine? There are several products you can buy that already include the ingredient in their skin-care formulas:

The Ordinary 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil


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The Ordinary is dedicated to providing products with single ingredients for fair prices, so I wasn't surprised to find an organic chia seed oil for under a tenner there. Featuring fatty acids and antioxidants, the brand recommends also using this on hair as well as skin for shine and smoothness.

Perricone MD Chia Serum



This may be pricey, but Perricone have developed a formula which ekes out every possible skincare benefit of the chia seed. The texture is super soothing and absorbs quickly, and leaves a noticeable glow.

Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil - Chia and Parsley Seed


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Designed as a non-essential oil alternative to Votary's bestselling Rose, Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil, this suits all skin types and removes makeup like a dream. It leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft and radiant.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil


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This is a cult classic that contains retinol for overnight skin rejuvenation, but it's a lesser-known fact that this formula also features cold-pressed chia to promote skin health. A 2-in-1 skincare go-to.