Chia seeds are those tiny, black, superfood thingies that everyone is so obsessed with these days, and for good reason.
Hailing from South and Latin America, these seeds contain essential fatty acids; protein; vitamins A, B, E and D; minerals like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium manganese niacin, and thiamine; and antioxidants. According to Wellness Mama, they are more nutritious than milk, walnuts, and blueberries combined. It’s been called a miracle food by prominent athletes, who use it to power up their exercise.
What’s even better, is that with a mild-to-nonexistent taste, they are extremely versatile. You can throw them in smoothies for a boost, cook them in savory dishes, sprinkle them on desserts for a bit of crunch, or soak them overnight in a nut milk and vanilla for an easy and filling breakfast pudding. My friend and chef Daphne Chang actually demonstrated all their myriad uses in a supper club a couple years back.
I’m personally a fan of chia seeds for my diet, but a new product purports to transfer all those benefits to the face.
Maya Chia is a company created by former corporate striver Susanne Norwitz to harness the power of chia and apply it to beauty. Among the purported benefits are that it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and according to a study published in the Annals of Dermatology, can help with severely dry and itchy skin.
Maya Chia uses a patented process called supercritical extraction to ensure its products are free of chemical residues and impurities, and closely mirrors the chemical profile of the plant. They are also free from sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, and colorants, and are made in Charleston, South Carolina. Finally, a percentage of all net profits go back to helping the Maya people of Central America.
But Does It Work?
Norwitz sent me the Super Couple, an oil that combines astaxanthin with chia in a pretty black glass bottle with a gold logo. Astaxanthin, which is present in microalgae, fungi, complex plants, seafood, flamingos and quail, was shone in preliminary research to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin. It’s also what gives the Super Couple oil its bright orange-y color. Other ingredients include jasmine, Bulgarian rose, Australian sandalwood, rosewood essential oil, carrot seed essential oil, lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, myrrh essential oil, and Roman and German chamomile essential oil.
I used the oil for two weeks, slathering it on my face at night after my regiment. As opposed to most oils, it goes on super light and absorbs almost instantly, leaving my face feeling soft and dry. It has a vaguely nutty, rich smell – more savory than feminine. Because it is such a dry oil, I wouldn’t recommend it for the winter or night, actually, when we crave rich moisture. It will go on much easier as a layer in your morning regimen during the warmer, humid months. (That makes sense, actually, it being an equator-friendly plant, doesn’t it?)
After two weeks (and it’s always hard to say without taking a picture in the beginning and end in the exact same light) I felt like my face looked maybe slightly better? As with most of these reviews, my skin is still young enough that I can never say for sure if an anti-aging product is working. I can only tell you what I think I observed!
If you are obsessed with chia seeds’ health benefits and want to put some powerful antioxidants on your face, this product will make a nice addition to your beauty cabinet this summer.