You may remember chia from those adorable little terracotta pots that would grow you a lush, green animal pet, but recently chia has been making headlines as a tasty snack that is also health conscious.
Chia seeds have been around forever, dating as far back as the Aztecs and there are generally a few different kinds of chia seeds you can purchase in stores. Chia seeds are great in salads, baked goods or teas, and are high in calcium, fiber, and antioxidants making them ideal as skin food. Here’s why…
They Are Rich In Omega-3’s
When you consume chia seeds, you’re also consuming the oil inside them which has amazing benefits for your skin. There are proven to be very high in omega-3 fatty acids which aid skin with inflammation.
Omega-3’s are one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories out there so if you suffer from redness or puffiness, this is sure to help! Consuming the omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds will also help inhibit the appearance of wrinkles.
Anyone Can Eat Them
In today’s world, allergies are more present than ever and avoiding foods that trigger them can be difficult. The wonderful thing about chia seeds is that they fit most dietary and allergy restrictions and can be enjoyed by almost anyone!
Chia seeds are a great source of protein but completely plant-based, so if you live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, these are a great option for you! They are also completely safe to eat if you have a nut allergy and can be substituted into your salads or baked goods for a little extra crunch.
They Are Great For Hydrating Skin
Does your skin look dry and dull? Need an extra boost of moisture? If you need some extra help beyond your normal routine, opt for an easy to use chia seed mask! Chia seeds are well known for how hydrating they can be for skin and work so well for a DIY mask!
One of our favorites is a hydrating mask that you can DIY yourself right at home and use before applying your South Beach Skin Lab routine.
What you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. cold water
- 1 drop tea tree oil
- Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor
- Pour mixture into a glass bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Apply the mask in even layers, being sure to coat skin thoroughly.
- Leave on for 20-25 minutes, then rinse with a clean, warm cloth.