Superfoods may come and go, but in my opinion there are a few that will always stand the test of time. One such example is the humble Chia Seed! These tiny seeds are packed with an amazing amount of nutrients, making it easier to feed your body with the good stuff it needs in one go. Natural supplements with Chia benefit you by boosting hair, skin and nail health, and delivering protein, but Chia oil can also be used in natural skin care for a burst of hydration and skin-loving nutrients.
What is Chia?
Chia Seeds come from a desert plant called Salvia Hispanica, available as Black Chia and White Chia, offering amazing health benefits both internally and when used topically. These tiny, edible seeds are one of the highest-known plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, plus they're a source of fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chia seeds themselves are actually flavourless, so they can be sprinkled over savoury dishes such as salads, used to make sweet puddings and even blended into smoothies. The nutritional benefits of Chia seeds means they also make an amazing ingredient in natural skin care, working to replenish and rehydrate the skin thanks to their water retention abilities - Chia Seeds can hold up to 12 times their weight in water, which is why they swell and expand when placed in water.
Natural Chia skin care
Life Basics Superfood Facial Serum
The Life Basics Superfood Facial Serum is one of my favourite skin care products because it really is like a superfood packed green smoothie for your skin! This serum contains a base of Chia Oil to deliver a wide range of Chia benefits and nourishing fatty acids to the skin, as well as Avocado, Olive and Baobab Oils and Kale, Spirulina, Chlorella and Parsley to plump up the skin and help reduce the visible signs of ageing.
100% Pure Hydra Drench Gel Cream
Dry and dehydrated skin types will love the 100% Pure Hydra Drench Gel Cream, which combines the quenching properties of Chia Seed Gel with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Rose Water to restore moisture, suppleness and firmness to thirsty skin. This nutrient-rich Chia based formula feels lightweight and silky smooth on skin, delivering deeply penetrating moisture without clogging pores.
100% Pure Restorative Sea Culture Hydrating Toner
The 100% Pure Restorative Sea Culture Hydrating Toner is a beautiful elixir designed to moisturise, soothe and tone dry and mature skin types. With a base of Chia Water to replenish moisture levels and help plump up the skin, this calming toner also contains balancing Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Algae and Sea Kelp Extracts to deliver skin-loving minerals.
Andalou Naturals Chia Omega + C Radiant Skin Polish
Ideal for brightening and refining the texture of your skin, the Andalou Naturals Chia Omega + C Radiant Skin Polish is a gentle physical exfoliant which contains Chia Seeds and Walnut Powder to buff away dry and dead skin cells, while brightening Vitamin C and Turmeric polish the surface of the complexion and even out skin tone. An eco-friendly alternative to environmentally damaging microbead facial scrubs, this refreshing exfoliator is best used weekly to revitalise dull and tired skin.
Chia seeds and natural supplements
Power Super Foods Chia Seeds
Perfect for sprinkling on cereal, muesli or crafting Chia pudding from, the Power Super Foods Chia Seeds are plain, raw, flavourless and rich in a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. With an endless list of uses, these delicious seeds can be included in all kinds baking and savoury meals, making them an ideal multi-purpose addition to the pantry.
KOJA Chia Seed & Coconut Breakfast Topper
Another one of my favourite ways to enjoy the health benefits of Chia is in the KOJA Chia Seed & Coconut Breakfast Topper. All of the KOJA Breakfast and Salad Toppers are so delicious, and this one in particular is perfect for anyone wanting to pack that bit more protein into their diet as it contains a protein-rich blend of raw superfoods including Chia Seeds, Almonds, Organic Coconut Flakes and Linseed. It tastes amazing sprinkled over yoghurt, smoothies or even eaten as a post-workout snack.