Chia Seed Oil

Chia seed (Salvia hispanica) oil comes from a flowering plant in the mint family, cultivated in Latin America and Australia. Above all, they are known for their health-promoting characteristics.

Anti-aging Effects

The oil offers protection against aging-related enzymes by preventing degradation of the protein matrix on the skin.chia seed oil

As a matter of fact, chia seed peptides possesses inhibition properties towards collagenase, hyaluronidase, tyrosinase, and elastase.

Moreover, the oil is high in omega-3 α-linolenic acid (ω-3 ALA) and other polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).

Consequently, this gives it powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition, a study reported that chia seeds contain a high amount of squalene. Actually, in a much higher concentration than walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts.

Squalene is a highly-effective emollient and natural antioxidant.

As a result, using squalane in skincare can reduce wrinkles, eliminate scars, reverse UV damage, lighten freckles and erase skin pigmentation, all while fighting free radicals.

Ant-itching Effects

In another study participants applied a topical formulation containing 4% chia seed oil for an 8-week duration.

After the 8 weeks of application, significant improvements in skin hydration was noted.

Additionally, thickened skin due to repeated rubbing, itching, scratching and itchy nodules improved.

A similar improvement happened among healthy volunteers with itch dry skin.

Hydration Effects

In the same study, the epidermal permeability barrier function, tran-s-epidermal water loss and skin hydration improved.

References

Identification of chia seed peptides with enzyme inhibition activity towards skin-aging enzymes. doi: 10.1007/s00726-020-02879-4

Inhibitory effect of a novel combination of Salvia hispanica (chia) seed and Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extracts on melanin production. doi.org/10.1016/j.fitote.2014.05.021

Effectiveness of Topical Chia Seed Oil on Pruritus of End-stage Renal Disease Patients and Healthy Volunteers. https://synapse.koreamed.org/upload/SynapseData/PDFData/0140AD/ad-22-143.pdf