Maya Chia: The Super {Foodie} Couple

Happy New Year! The first Beauty Hero selection of 2017 may need no introduction to many of you. It is none other than Maya Chia's the super couple, ultra luxe face oil serum, which was named by Well + Good as one of their best Natural Beauty Launches in 2016.

I know, I know, another face oil, what's the big deal? Well, for one, we know chia seeds are arguable the most powerful natural superfood packed full of omega fatty acids and and minerals. Secondly, the partner ingredient, astaxanthin, has been proven to have 65 times the strength of Vitamin C to fight free radicals, those pesky scavengers which age your skin! 

Well, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'd never even heard of astaxanthin, and in fact, thought it was a synthetic and was immediately skeptical as to why it was even in this bottle! But, a synthetic it is not! 

Astaxanthin is actually a carotenoid, the compound found in food that gives the vibrant colors of red in beets, green in grass, orange in bell pepper, etc. In fact, many people are ingesting the ingredient as it has been scientifically proven to be 6,000 times as powerful as vitamin C! People who consume the ingredient found a decreased level of oxidative stress and inflammation, inhibited cancer cell growth and enhanced immune response. Sounds like something we all would want more of! 

So then, after I realized there was no synthetics in the serum, I wondered why there was no indication of the ingredients being organic and/or wildcrafted. A quick email to the team informed me Maya Chia is in the process of updating the labels to reflect the fact that all the ingredients are indeed organic and/or wildcrafted. I mean, they are even sourcing the chia seeds from farms 5-10 degrees north or south of the equator where the best quality, most nutrient-rich chia seeds are grown. Not only that, but Maya Chia has the exclusive license to a patented super-critical extraction method for chia seed oil for skincare which keeps the plant as close to how it is found in nature. 

These are the best kinds of answers that shut me right up ;) 

So, crises averted. Now, does it work?

Well, you know I prefer to test products out for at least 6-8 weeks before boasting any claims, but as of now, about 2-3 weeks of use, I can say this oil is super hydrating off the bat. It's also gives a near-immediate glow, I would think due to the carotenoids causing the bright orange coloring to the serum. Longer term use should reflect tangible evidence of decreased inflammation, increased firmness in skin, reduction of wrinkle size, lightening of age spots and free-radical damage protection.

How to apply the oil:

Place 6-8 drops of oil in your hands, pressing them together to warm the oil slightly, then press your hands to your face and massage into your skin.

You can pick up the The Super Couple Serum (1 oz) along with the Wonder Balm sidekick (0.5 fl oz) for the next few weeks through Beauty Heroes for $39 for this pairing worth $97! 

You can grab this duo here!

the super couple, ultra luxe face oil serum full ingredient list:

Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil (and) Haematococcus Pluvialis Algal (Astaxanthin) Extract, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Absolute, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Absolute, Santalum Spicatum (Australian Sandalwood), Aniba Roseodora (Rosewood) Essential Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Essential Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus (Cistus) Essential Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Essential Oil, Myrrha Commiphora (Myrrh) Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Essential Oil

supercritical chia waterless wonder balm full ingredient list: 

*Butyrosperumum Parkii Butter, *Salvia
Hispanica (Supercritical Chia) Oil, *Prunus Armenica (Apricot)
Kernel Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Beeswax, Tocopherol (Non-
GMO Vitamin E), 2% Essential Oil Blend