A few months ago, I was sent ChiaDerm Serum and Balm to try out and review. It was late autumn, I think, when I received them, and I put them aside while I was finishing up with other skincare products. Little did I know how important these two skincare products would become for me once winter took hold in New England.
I am somewhat familiar with chia since it has become popular as a healthy superfood ingredient in breads, crackers and even water. Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, originally grown in Mexico. It dates back to Mayan and Aztec times. I hadn’t been aware that the benefits of chia were being used in skincare till ChiaDerm sent me their products. In fact, the founders of ChiaDerm discovered that the antioxidant benefits of chia could be harnessed to help skin heal. They are chia seed extract skincare innovators!
Here’s what ChiaDerm has to say about chia seed extract and its effect on skin:
“ChiaDerm is the first skin care system formulated to harness the natural restorative and hydrating benefits of chia seed extract – a rare natural ingredient with proven results. Clinical studies show that chia seed extract increases hydration, improves an array of skin issues, protects against damage, and restores the skin to its most radiant and healthy state.”
As I’ve been saying for weeks now, this winter in New England has been very dry, cold and lately bitter cold, and for the past couple of weeks incredibly snowy. I’ve got 9 foot snow banks at the end of my driveway! This pic was taken BEFORE the last storm when we got another 2 feet!
Although I have a guy who plows my driveway, I still have to go out there and shovel what he can’t do with the truck. Which is a lot! So I’ve been spending hours outside shoveling just about every day over the past few weeks. Ugh. My bone dry skin is even drier now than it was in December before the serious snow hit.
Enter ChiaDerm Serum and Balm. I’ve been using both of these products to try to rehydrate my dry skin as well as protect it when I’m outdoors.
ChiaDerm Serum comes in a blue glass apothecary bottle with a glass dropper to protect the efficacy of the ingredients. The serum is a thick liquid, and it has a unique smell that must be the scent of the chia seed. It smells like a grain. Not unpleasant, kind of like multigrain bread. And the scent quickly disappears. ChiaDerm Serum can be used on its own or it can be mixed with moisturizer to add more hydration. I’ve been doing both.
Before I went out to shovel this afternoon, I patted a few drops of ChiaDerm Serum – a little goes a long way – directly on my face. Next, I applied my moisturizer. And because I knew I was going to be out in the 16 degree weather for a couple of hours, I applied ChiaDerm Balm on top of that. I wasn’t taking any chances today!
Several times a week, I also use a little bit on my nails that are very dry this winter, and the serum sinks right in. The chia seed contains biotin that helps strengthen nails and hair. You can use a few drops on a dry scalp, too.
ChiaDerm Balm is a mixture of chia seed extract paired with a complementary ingredient with medicinal properties, the Italian citrus fruit extract, bergamot. The balm is thick, colorless, and slightly grainy. Its consistency is something like raw shea butter or coconut oil when it’s in the solid form.
It melts from the heat of your body when you put your hand into the jar and apply it.
ChiaDerm Balm is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal product, and it can be applied to burnt, cut, dry or irritated skin, hastening the healing process and reducing redness and scarring.
What’s great about the balm is you can use it wherever you need some extra hydration: hair, scalp, face, neck, body, and feet! My feet are super-dry this winter so I put it on my feet with socks before bed. It really helps my feet more than anything else I’ve tried feel much softer. And when I put both the serum and the balm on my face at night, I wake up with the softest skin EVAH!
ChiaDerm products are non-comedogenic, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and petroleum free. They contain 100% pure chia seed extract, and they are natural and organic. ChiaDerm products are loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and omegas 3&6. You can learn more about ChiaDerm on the website: www.Chia-Derm.com.
ChiaDerm Balm comes in three sizes: 0.15, 0.35 and 1.7 oz. and prices range from $4-42. ChiaDerm Serum comes in two sizes: 0.5 fl. oz. and 1.0 fl. oz. and is priced at $30 and $39, respectively. It is made in the U.S, from U.S, grown chia seeds. You can purchase ChiaDerm products on the ChiaDerm website. I think it would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for a skincare lover!
I’m so glad I got introduced to ChiaDerm. It’s going to have a permanent place in my winter skincare, body care, haircare and nail care regimen from now on! Now I’m thinking I should try some chia food products. Are you familiar with the benefits of chia??