Chia seeds are in fashion and there is a reason for it. They are not only a superfood for your body but putting the oil all over your face is a great idea too.
Its unique special property is that it's the richest known botanical source of skin-nourishing and skin-restoring alpha-linolenic acid (contains 50-60%). It also contains some linoleic acid (17-26%), and only a small amount of very nourishing but potentially acne causing oleic acid (7%).
Thanks to its great fatty acid content, chia seed oil counts as a great skin hydrator, and it can help to maintain a healthy skin barrier function. According to manufacturer info, it can even alleviate itchy skin. If that is not enough, it also contains a couple of nice antioxidants, including Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Coumaric and Caffeic Acid.
All in all, a nice plant oil with a unique fatty acid composition and some nice antioxidants.
- Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, September 1995, Volume 72, Issue 9, pp 1079–1081, Oil content and fatty acid composition of chia (Salvia hispanica L.) from five northwestern locations in Argentina