The natural oil subsidiary of Croda International, Seatons, has launched Seatons chia seed oil, a 100% natural seed oil. The cold pressed oil, originally the super food of the Aztecs, is produced by cold pressing chia seeds and contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins.
The oil increases skin hydration, alleviates itchiness and helps to maintain skin barrier function, according to research carried out at the Korea University of Medicine.
The oil leaves a light, soft feeling on the skin, and has a pleasant aroma, which makes it suitable for a wide range of formulation types for hand, face and body care as well as massage oils and lip balms. It is especially suited to formulations for dry, mature and sensitive skin, and so hair care products could use the oil to help alleviate itchy and sensitive skin on the scalp.