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How to Improve Dry & Sensitive Skin with Chia Seed Oil

Get dry and sensitive skin acting better with this simple DIY chia seed oil recipe. 

There’s also a handy recipe card at the end to print and have on hand when you’re ready to make this recipe.

I’ve covered chia seeds in various fitness articles on the website but did you know that you can also get a beneficial oil out of chia seeds?

Chia seeds originated in Mexico and have been part of the staple diet since the days of the Mayan empire.

The seeds are rich in antioxidants and several nutrients helpful in hair growth such as iron, niacin & thiamine.

Improve Dry & Sensitive Skin with Chia Seed Oil

All the benefits mentioned above can be found in chia seed oil as well. Chia seed oil is derived by cold pressing chia seeds.

It is a pale yellow color with a light nutty smell. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids and has the perfect ratio of omega 3 to omega 6.

This means it’s one of the best sources of omega 3 for your body. Remember, our bodies aren’t very effective at producing essential fatty acids.

Chia Seed Oil Extraction

Below is a short video showing how chia seed oil is extracted from chia seeds. It takes about 1kg of chia seeds to produce 125 ml of oil.

So do you consume chia seed oil or use it on your hair?

While there are some benefits to applying it to hair, its nutrients are better received through the consumption of the seeds directly.

It works best for your hair this way. You can also consume it. However, as vegetable oil, it is a tad fattening. The best use of chia seed oil is on your skin.

It’s especially beneficial for dry and sensitive skin. Using chia seed oil on dry and sensitive skin improves hydration, reduces water loss, and eliminates itchiness.

Continued use over time can also have a positive effect on wrinkles and prevent premature aging.

Chia Seed Oil DIY Facial Serum Recipe



How to Use

  • Cleanse and tone your skin as usual.
  • Wait for your skin to dry then apply a few drops of the serum and rub in until absorbed.
  • Use every night before bedtime.

This is a basic recipe to start testing out right away and see how your skin reacts to it as time passes.

You can adjust the recipe but I wouldn’t recommend this until you have tried this for at least 6 – 8 weeks unless there’s a really negative reaction.

Where to Buy Chia Seed Oil?

Erbology Chia Seed Oil

Erbology Cold Pressed Chia Seed Oil

Organic Pure Foods Chia Seed Oil

Organic Pure Foods Chia Seed Oil

BetterBody Foods Organic Chia Oil

BetterBody Foods Organic Chia Oil

Foods Alive Chia Seed Oil

Foods Alive Chia Seed Oil

If you don’t like tamanu or rosehip seed oil, you can try the chia seed oil on its own. You can also substitute one of the oils with marula oil

Some Chia Seed Oil Skin Care Products

You can ingest chia oil as capsules too. The capsules have a concentration of omega 3 fatty acids and are a convenient way to get the benefits.

However, chia seeds in your diet work just as well for this purpose.

How to Improve Dry & Sensitive Skin with Chia Seed Oil

Chia Seed Oil Serum for Dry & Sensitive Skin

Yield: 1 bottle
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Simple

This chia seed oil serum will help improve the appearance of dry and sensitive skin. It's simple to put together and you only need a few drops every night.


  • Chia seed oil
  • Tamanu oil
  • Rosehip seed oil
  • 5 drops of vitamin E oil


  • 1 oz amber dropper bottle


  1. Clean and disinfectant the dropper bottle.
  2. Once completely dry, fill halfway up with the chia seed oil (50%).
  3. Add the tamanu oil (25%) and rosehip seed oil (25%).
  4. Add the vitamin E oil.
  5. Close the bottle and shake vigorously. Your facial oil is ready.

Chia seed oil facial serum


  • To use the chia seed oil serum, apply a few drops after cleansing every night and massage into your face and neck until absorbed.
  • If you don't care for tamanu oil, you can replace it with apricot kernel oil or jojoba oil
Chia seed oil DIY Facial Serum Recipe

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