You can get your Chia pet from Amazon… or other special retailers near you….
Remember these? This was my first introduction to Chia seeds… you put them in a silly clay planter, water them and then you could just watch the “green hair” grow!
I never actually bought one. Mom thought they were a waste of money… and they probably were…
Fast forward to modern times and I use Chia seeds as a delicious and nutritious additive to shakes, pancakes, and baked goods… I’ve even been known to sprinkle them on ice cream in a desparate effort to add some nutritive value to a lost cause….
Just a sprinkle adds extra fiber and nutrients to almost anything!
To quote Wikipedia:
According to the USDA, a one ounce (28 gram) serving of chia seeds contains 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of dietary fiber and 4 grams of protein. The seeds also have 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, 27% phosphorus and 30% manganese, similar in nutrient content to other edible seeds such as flax or sesame.
Chia seeds originated in Central and South America and are still an important food crop in Mexico and Guatemala.
So imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered the Chia Seed Skincare set at The Face Shop, a Korean-based skincare and makeup company.
The salesgirl assured me that the mighty Chia Seed (which uses Chia Seed Liquid instead of water) is deeply hydrating, but not oily, making it perfect for all skintypes. In fact, she confided, she used the set herself. And her skin was very glowy and gorgeous.
So I bought the toner, lotion, cream and eye cream. But since I haven’t used the eye cream, yet, it’s not included in the picture. This set was not cheap, but compared to Shiseido or Estee Lauder products, it was not outrageous, either.
The Chia Seed Skincare set
The box for the toner
The box for the watery lotion
The box for Moisture-Holding Seed Cream
Asian skincare starts with cleansing (I use my usual CeraVe gentle cleanser), then a moisturizing toner, followed by a light moisturizing lotion. A heavier cream to add even more moisture is common. This line follows the standard routine.
The Watery Toner
Watery Toner definitely describes this product. It looks like water, yet smells a bit like fruit and absorbs quickly. The bottle is made from a heavy glass and I had to add a label in English so I could tell the difference between the toner and the lotion since both bottles look the same.
The next product is the Watery Lotion. It is a very light lotion that also absorbs very quickly.
Moisture-holding Seed Cream
The Moisture-Holding Seed Cream is a hybrid of a gel and a cream. It is the final layer of the troika of moisture.
The Face Shop claims its products:
- Instantly hydrates skin: Spreads onto the skin smoothly without stickiness and is absorbed quickly to prevent skin dryness
- A natural moisture drop absorbing 10 times its own weight; Chia Seeds carrying moisture and the Moisture Hug System adjust the skin into an optimal state to fully retain moisutre.
- Organically germinated chia seeds, which draw and absorb moisture, not only hydrate but also nourish the skin to effectively restore suppleness.
- Contains 100% chia seeds extract instead of water. Chia seeds water is extracted within 24 hours via the Fresh Method, insead of water delivers the vitality of the highly pure chia seeds.
What I experienced during 2 months of daily use:
The products absorb very quickly. I was not so impressed with the toner. I’ve used other toners that seemed more moisturizing, but it is a nice first layer for the other two.
The watery lotion is delightful. It also absorbs quickly and is totally non-greasy. During hot weather, I just used the toner and lotion during the day and that was the perfect combination. Now that autumn is here and the weather is drying out, I use the Moisture-Holding Seed cream both morning and night.
I LOVE the Moisture-Holding Seed Cream. It is a similar texture to my beloved Baviphat Sleeping Pack, and also absorbs within minutes with no greasy residue.
There are other moisturizing powerhouses in addition to the chia seed extract: glycerin and sodium hyaluronate (aka hyaluronic acid). The fragrance is slightly fruity, but light and disappates quickly.
My skin is getting fussy in its old age, and this skincare regimen keeps it happy. My skin is soft and hydrated, with no dry patches or breakouts. I am definitely going to finish these products… will I be loyal? Well, probably not. I AM a skincare junkie and blogger and it would be boring to stick to regimen forever. But for now, I am very happy with the Chia Seed set and vow to try that eyecream!
Have you tried anything from the Chia Seed line? Have you see Chia seeds in other skincare products?