Ingredient Spotlight: Chia Seed Oil


Chia seed oil has quietly emerged as a popular ingredient in skincare, but you can bet that chia will be the next it botanical oil as more of us discover the results that this superfood delivers when used topically. Chia seed oil is clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration and skin barrier function, so skin retains more moisture than it would otherwise. Chia seeds are one of the richest plant sources of antioxidants, omegas and minerals, boasting 30% more antioxidants than blueberries. The oil is lightweight and easy for skin to absorb, which is awesome considering how moisturizing it is—an oil must feel comfortable on skin.

While all skin types will benefit from using chia seed oil, it’s especially helpful for dry, imbalanced and sensitive skin. If you feel constantly dehydrated or dry and itchy, it’s time for some chia seed oil therapy. All the benefits really add up to one thing: a perfect face oil.

Chia seed oil is best when produced using a supercritical extraction process. This is a solvent free, no heat process, which means that the chia oil is free of chemical residues and the plant material does not degrade during production as it would from heat exposure. Most importantly, the supercritical extraction process ensures that delicate compounds present in the plant aren’t damaged, so your skin can benefit from the full spectrum of nutrients that chia has to offer. What you get is a quality of oil that closely resembles the chemical profile in the plant in its natural state. Now that’s a powerful ingredient.

Look for chia seed oil in the following products, and stay tuned for a special launch featuring some extra special chia seed oil later this month…


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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.