A guest post by Lisa of Miss Alchemist
Chia seeds aren’t only great for snacking, but they also make great beauty products. Considering their beautifying power, it was only a matter of time until these little superfoods made their way into serums and eye creams. Chia seeds have important antioxidants including Alpha Lipoic Acid, which minimizes fine lines and pore size, and phytonutrients which help reveal smoother, more radiant skin. With all these great qualities, you should eat your chia seeds and put them on your face! Lately I’ve been seeing beauty products now on the market that use chia seed oil due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. These products can be expensive so you may want to go the d.i.y. route with my coconut-chia mask.
This mask is great since the chia seeds exfoliate and help moisturize, the coconut oil is hydrating, and the lemon juice works to remove age spots and tighten pores.
- 1 tablespoon solid coconut oil, (make sure its cold-pressed, virgin and organic)
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Combine ingredients and let stand for 20 minutes or so for the chia seeds to plump up. If coconut oil is melted you may want to stick in the fridge for a few minutes so that it is firm and will stay on your face. Apply to your face with a Fan Brush or pastry brush and let sit for 2-5 minutes. Wet hands and in a circular motion rub chia seeds into skin before wiping off with a cold wash cloth. If the coconut oil feel is too much for your skin, follow with a toner (like my triple threat toner), otherwise pat dry. No moisturizer needed since the coconut oil provides plenty! Have extra? Apply to the back of your hands — they’ll be silky smooth!
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After Lisa spent years advancing her finance career and prioritizing everything except her health, she decided to make a change. Putting her curiosity for learning to a new area, Lisa now spends her free time researching and creating simple, healthy recipes and easy, natural d.i.y. beauty products. Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her miniature schnauzer, Romeo.
AnonymousSeptember 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm
What a great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. I love finding new ways to use chia seeds.
Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny KitchenSeptember 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm
This is great! I love chia seeds and have been wanting to try out a homemade face mask recipe. Perfect!