Chia Seed Face Mask…say WHAT?! {Giveaway}

by Her Happy Balance on July 30, 2014

Oh chia seeds, let me count the ways I love thee! 

I’ve made it pretty obvious that I’ve had a love affair going on with chia seeds for a good long time now. I’ve been adding these little guys to yogurt and making pudding out of them for a while, but today I’m sharing some firsts – how chia seeds are making their way into my beauty routine! First up a recipe, then a face mask.

Food for thought: many of the foods we consume affect the quality of our hair and skin – from water to omega-3s to antioxidants. But if beauty is more than skin deep, why do we turn to expensive face creams rather than whole foods for solutions? Shouldn’t we be working on beauty from the inside out? I think yes. 

I’ve been an ambassador for Salba Smart chia seeds for about a year now. It’s a brand I believe in and support. So when they asked me to give their smoothie recipe a whirl I knew I was in for a treat. The recipe they came up with is loaded with healthy fats and omega 3’s to support healthy hair and nails. Here’s a peek at what I blended up…

Better Beauty Smoothie

 

Better Beauty Smoothie
Serves 2
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
3 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups raw almond milk
  2. 2 Tbsp. chia seeds*
  3. 1 Ripe banana
  4. 5 Large strawberries, cut
  5. ½ Cup blueberries
  6. ½ Avocado, peeled & pitted
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients besides the chia seeds and blend until smooth consistency is reached. Stir in chia seeds, add ice cubs if desired.
Notes
  1. *I used Salba Smart chia seeds.
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Better Beauty Smoothie with Ingredients

Oh yeah, and it’s delicious – perfect as a summer breakfast on a hot and humid day. This smoothie is not overly sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter drink you may want to add a touch of honey or a bit more banana. The antioxidants from the berries, omega 3’s from the chia, and oils/healthy fats from the avocado are geared towards having a “better beauty” routine. I could always use a little extra touch of beauty in my life 😉 Eating a diet rich in Omega 3’s and biotin is definitely helpful in keeping healthy locks and clear skin.

So I think it’s fair to say that many people have started to hop aboard the whole “chia is freaking amazing for you” train. Choo choo! {<– couldn’t help myself} I’ve gotten my parents, brother, friends, and coworkers to embrace the chia in foods…but have you ever thought about using chia in a face mask? If I was a betting woman, I’d say probably not. But you should! Check this baby out…

Chia Seed Face Mask

Chia Seed Exfoliating Mask
Tiny chia seeds can act as a gentle and natural exfoliator when combined with coconut oil and lemon juice
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup coconut oil*
  2. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  3. 2 Tbsp. chia seeds**
Instructions
  1. Mix coconut oil and lemon juice with chia seeds. Let it sit for a few minutes so that the mask thickens up a bit. Gently wet your face with warm water and apply the chia exfoliating scrub to your skin. Let it set for 2 minutes, during which it should begin to form a gel. Remove the chia scrub with a wet washcloth and rinse your face with cool water when finished.
Notes
  1. * I used liquified coconut oil
  2. **I used Salba Smart chia seeds.
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 The lemon juice functions to eliminate black heads (it’s an antibacterial) and clear up skin, while the coconut oil helps moisturize. The chia provides just the right amount of grittiness to exfoliate the dead skin cells away. Plus you can feel good about this face mask because it is made of just 3 completely natural ingredients that were hanging out in your pantry and fridge.

Also, it’s worth noting that this mask makes enough for 3 or 4 face masks. So you can either store the mask in the fridge for a few days, or because coconut oil tends to be a bit spendy, you could reduce the coconut oil to one half of the amount and it will still work out just fine.

Want to add a little chia to your skincare routine? Maybe make a killer smoothie with it and then immediately send me the recipe? 😉 Enter the giveaway below. Two HHB readers will win 1 Salba Chia Whole Seed pouch and 1 Premium Ground pouch.

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Thoughts??
Ever attempt a homemade face mask? 
Favorite smoothie ingredient?
What is one thing you think is essential to your beauty routine?

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Stacie@SimplySouthernStacie July 30, 2014 at 8:21 am

I love a good homemade face mask! It always makes me feel better than getting one with weird chemicals and stuff in it.

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

I completely agree! I’m always worried I’ll have a reaction to one of the preservative chemicals. This mask is easy peasy 🙂

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne July 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

This is so interesting! I never thought about putting chia seeds on my face haha. But I do love me some coconut oil, for oil pulling, hair, and moisturizing!

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:27 am

Coconut oil is essentially the wonder oil 🙂 Great for almost everything!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I have never made a homemade face mask, but I really think I should. I never use them anyway, because of the chemicals, so making my own would be good.
I love chia seeds to!

Her Happy Balance July 31, 2014 at 11:27 am

I’m the same exact way, I’m always scared to put chemicals on my face. This was such an easy mask, just make sure you wash your face after applying it – the coconut oil is pretty intense haha.

Maryalicia Verdecchia July 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

never would I have thought of this use! I am going to try!

Her Happy Balance August 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

If you try it, let me know how it works out for you 🙂

Traci August 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I love putting chia seeds in smoothies! And lately I’ve been into blueberry/lemon smoothies. The kick of lemon is so good in the summer heat.

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