If you are a returning customer: Grab your TEA, this time, we’re going to zen.
Setting up the zen for this writing session
*Grabs a box of tissue, puts it next to my laptop*
*Grabs tea, puts it on the other side of my laptop*
*Closes eyes. Inhale 7 counts, hold 8 counts…wait, OMG, going to pass out at 7..8, exhale/wheezing for 6 counts before seeing stars*
Ok, so they say that if you do a deep breathing exercise before writing something that is important to you, the words will flow out of your fingers better. Well, I’ve learned something already, 1. I’m not a fish. 2. I’m not Michael Phelps and 3. Must learn to breathe better. My years of running have never really taught me to hold my breath. Although, I’ve heard it’s supposed to do some good stuff to your inner organs..like the oxygen marinating your organs and stuff.
Note to self: Create better zen for my 11.25 readers. *pours you more tea*
Anyway, I first came upon this Maya Chia while perusing my IG feed and saw it on a very kind friend’s page, Skin Ritual Diary. Thank you, M for bringing this game-changing product to my attention. What caught my eye was not only how Maya Chia interacted with all their fans, but how much kindness and respect they were actually exuding through my cold, hard phone screen. I don’t know about you, but when companies or power-house bloggers/YouTubers take the time to actually talk to their fans, it’s a huge deal. Almost like that time Josh Groban made eye contact with me TWICE at his Closer concert in Seattle. TWICE!!!!!! *pushes husband away 5 steps..move..he’s looking at me…oh, haiii…*
Oh, right, Maya Chia! Let’s get started!!!!
Who is Maya Chia? Susanne Norwitz, the creator of Maya Chia, has a long line of impressive credentials behind her- though you’d never know it from her humble and highly approachable nature. She has obtained a master’s degree from Harvard, supervised the speech writing department for NYC Mayor Guliani, and held the position of senior communications advisor for Fortune 100 companies such as Revlon and Walgreens.
What is Maya Chia? Born from an interest in Maya culture and skin care rituals thanks to her surgeon father, Susanne learned about the skin benefits of the chia. Chia is full of astaxanthin, a powerhouse antioxidant that revives dull skin on a cellular level and a super food rich in omega fatty acids. A full list of the main ingredients used in Maya Chia products can be found here.
What are the ingredients?
Ingredients: Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, 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
PRODUCT: The Super Couple, Ultra Luxe Face Oil Serum. Made in USA. Net wt. 1.0 fl. oz./ 30 ml. $85 USD
PACKAGING: Sleek, minimal, black dropper bottle that actually drops according to your squeeze rate. Ever have a dropper that drops 5 gallons at the slightest pinch? This dropper will give you 1 drop if you only want 1 drop.
SCENT: The scents of the Super Couple that speak loudest to me are jasmine and Bulgarian rose. The hint of lavender would almost go undetected unless you have been granted the gift heightened aroma detection that many moms are bestowed with during pregnancy. It’s not overly sweet, overly musky, or overly anything. It embodies the “earthy” like qualities you would expect from an organic line with hints of myrrh and frankincense. But, there’s also a spa-like tranquility to it: refreshing, uplifting, and all-encompassing peace.
FIRST DROP OUT OF THE BOTTLE: A bright coral married with a deep orange hue. From what I have researched about astaxanthin which is the second ingredient listed in this oil serum, it is naturally an intensely bright coppery orange shade. Think of a lobster. Or if you’re vegan, think of a cherry tomato marrying an orange and having a baby, and then that color.
APPLICATION: The viscosity of The Super Couple is very much an oil though one may think it could be thicker, similar to a gel, as it’s also a serum. The viscosity is a little runnier than olive oil and castor oil and similar to that of rosehip seed oil or coffee bean oil. It leaves a nice, glowy, healthy sheen on your face that comfortably sinks into your skin leaving it hydrated rather than overly greasy or dry.
EFFICACY: The Super Couple claims many benefits for the skin mainly due to the powerful antioxidant effects of astaxanthin and omega-fatty acids contained in chia. Let’s go through the listed benefits:
*revitalize aging skin by quenching oxidative stress & inflammation: I was personally unable to measure oxidative stress which is basically an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize the harmful effects via antioxidants (Koshikawa & Naito, 2002). I presume this needs to happen on a molecular level and I don’t have access to a lab to bring sheets of skin to be examined. However, speaking to inflammation, when I used this oil over the course of 3 months on any actual acne and possible acne eruptions, the oil kept the skin surrounding my acne moisturized and supple. When I sealed the site of skin disaster after applying all my skincare including this oil and Aczone, my pimples purged and healed much faster than had I simply left it alone to dry in a sea of benzoyl peroxide. Efficacy for treating inflammation: Check!
*prevent & reduce the size of wrinkles & improve skin micro-texture: You may be skeptical when I say that this oil truly, up close in those magnifying mirrors, visibly reduced and in some spots eliminated the fine lines around my eyes. Really. And the micro-texture of my skin improved drastically- I had mini bumps all over my cheek area that are now nonexistent. Efficacy in this area: Check!
*maintain & increase skin’s firmness & resiliency: My absolute favorite part. With the FIRST application of the Super Couple, I literally felt my skin LIFT. Over the last 3 months, my skin really has a plumpness to it that I only see in my children’s supple skin. When I push on my cheek, it instantly bounces out rather than stay indented. My skin used to be very sensitive and over time, I believe this oil serum has improved my sensitivity to only semi-sensitive. I can now use acids and Tretinoin with increased comfort! Efficacy for firmness & resiliency: Check!
*lighten age spots & brighten skin tone by inhibiting overproduction & oxidation of melanin: I naturally have freckles and generally, I am not on a quest to eliminate them. If freckles are age spots, then I haven’t seen an increase nor a decrease in them so I would consider the product being efficacious regarding melanin. Furthermore, brightening of the skin is visibly significant in my own opinion. I notice my skin is more vibrant, more even albeit freckles, and a general glow that I will actually admit to. Efficacy: Check!
*deeply moisturize & nourish, even the driest skin: Without actually measuring the moisture of the skin (as I don’t have that utensil to do so for the time being), I felt my skin become moisturized with daily usage and a dramatic decrease in dry spots that I usually experience. Efficacy: Majorly check!
*protect against free-radical damage: Free-radical damage has been hypothesized to affect health in several ways including: inflammation such as arthritis, lupus, heart disease, emphysema, ulcers, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, alcoholism, smoking-related diseases, and certain types of cancer (Lobo, Patil, Phatak, Chandra, 2010). Given the myriad numbers of ways free-radicals can impact health, if we are specifically speaking to aging and inflammation, then I would consider this product efficacious within these limits. Efficacy with aging and inflammation: Check!
IS IT WORTH SHARING OVER COFEE?: OK folks, this is where the meat of my reviews usually lives. I have A LOT to say. Please keep in mind that I have been using this oil religiously day and night for almost 3 months. Thus, my review is desperately overdue but this oil serum has also been through 3 cycles of hormones, moons, weather fluctuations, and children’s sporadic sleep schedules.
With skin issues ranging from dry spots to random weird tiny bumps, after using The Super Couple, they are nonexistent. Makeup application has become almost unnecessary yet significantly more enjoyable because my skin is plumper and smoother.
With acne, especially hormonal ones that resulted in MONSTROUS sized pimples, I am sure this oil has helped in healing rather than treating the pimples after they have purged. The skin around the acne breakout was never angry or peeling- it appeared and felt “taken care of” despite everything. With overall texture, I am proud to say and even happier admit that there are days I don’t even wear makeup and I don’t feel afraid of society, vice versa.
Granted I have dry skin, I use this oil serum no matter what the weather is. Even when it’s blazing hot and I’m sweaty, the oil sinks into my skin and keeps it feeling amazing. I know that we tend to think when we are sweaty that we are also oily. I think when you are sweaty, you don’t have to be oily per se, but you definitely need to replenish your skin with moisture through water or oils.
From digging around some research articles, very few talk about the topical benefits of this amazing antioxidant on the skin. But, when ingested, it’s been found to decrease inflammation, help with eye health, and maintain healthy skin and hair. For being a great antioxidant, I am surprised it is not talked about more in the public. I am currently taking 1 pill per day and have experienced less dry eyes in the last month. I like this Jarrow’s Brand!
CHIA SEED OIL:
Because of the significant visual improvement I’ve seen for my skin, I have to say I am a believer in the power of the supercritical chia seed oil. Let’s talk about the chia for a split second. It’s a superior source of Omega-3’s, more superior than any fish or flax seed oil. If you ingest it, possibly amazing fish burps but it’ll be worth it since for every 1 gram of chia seed oil contains 600mg of omega-3s. Basically, this is really, really good oil that keeps you plump and healthy. I won’t get into the whole science behind it, but if you want to, check out this read.
So, obviously, I really enjoy Maya Chia Oil Serum for its consistent high-level performance. After doing some research on the ingredients, I also believe that they do benefit the skin as they are intended to. With performance and efficacy all meeting and exceeding my expectations, this product is worth every penny and “more”.
In short, YES, worth sharing over coffee!!!
In long… er, maybe longer…
For someone who’s never had the opportunity to chat with Susanne, you will just see a bottle of oil that may or may not work really well for your skin. If you are far removed from the beauty blogging/IG world, then for sure you only see this as a fancy bottle of oil. You’re not sure if you need to spend $85 on something that is life-luxury, not a necessity.
If there’s one oil in your life you want to splurge on. Just ONE TIME. I’d say this is it. Don’t resort to selling organs or anything. But, you won’t be sorry you spent your lunch money here.
The feels part goes beyond product performance, it’s about the founder, Susanne. She is so genuinely kind, it’s unbelievable. She’ll ask about your kids. She’ll show interest in your life beyond the nicely cropped, filtered picture. She’s a high-end business but there’s nothing about her that is arrogant. She really wants to connect with you; whether some measly little blogger person or a huge internet web star, she will treat you all the same. I’m telling you that this kind of nature is a rarity. If you do get the chance to chat with her, you will see what I mean. If you want to have coffee with her, she’ll totally have coffee with you (granted you’re not like really crazy but even then, I kinda think she totally would).
But, the part that gets to me is that this oil serum brings me back to my Mom and my childhood.
My Mom always smelled good. Fresh, clean, and of roses and jasmine. She is a simple woman who never fussed over material things, never wore makeup, yet always looked fairy-level beautiful. She provided me with such a great childhood. So great that I fear I can’t provide the same level of goodness for my own children. She always there for me. Even when I didn’t want her to be there because I was trying to spread my wings, but unbeknownst to me, I only had feathers.
From the day I was born until I left home for grad school, every morning there was breakfast at the table. Lunch waiting on the counter. After school snacks were there before school even ended. Dinner was cooked every night. My clothes were washed, ironed, and put away. I basically got everything I wanted (after showing some straight A’s of course). She never took “breaks” that I knew of nor did she ever appeared flustered. She never went out of town with her friends. She never took a freaking vacation until I was 30! Is this parental abuse!?
I honestly don’t know how any human can do so much because try as I might, I can’t.
I never, ever have such positive associations with a product. It’s just a product. But, then again products make us happy! But, more so, I do not ever positively associate a product with the founder and my childhood unless the product is like ice cream or a home cooked meal. It just doesn’t make sense, right? I mean do you really know the owner of any product who’s sitting in your makeup bag?
But, it’s happened and not like stalker-type of emotions here. But, just a wow-what-a-really-nice-lady! And, never have I tried a product that flooded me with such memories. Memories so intense that in my weaker moments, I just crumble completely and wish for my mom. The feelings of security, safety, happiness, a full tummy (but not like I’m starving now or anything but I’m definitely not a great cook), and a warm home. But, most of all, the most unconditional, unlimited amount of love (even in the hardest of teenage years) I have ever known.
Even though this is a (long) review, it’s also a huge thank you to Susanne for creating something so amazing and for the daily reminders of my ever-amazing mom and the life she has given me.
*commence happy ugly cry face*
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Tominaga, K., Hongo, N., Karato, M., & Yamashita, E. (2012). Cosmetic benefits of astaxanthin on human subjects. Biochimica Polinica, 59(1), 43-47.
CHIA SEED REFERENCES:
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Bourre JM. Dietary omega-3 fatty acids for women. Biomed Pharmacother. 2007;61:105–112.
Gil A. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory diseases. Biomed Pharmacother. 2002;56:388–396.
Jeong, S.K., Park, H.J., Park, B.D. and Kim, I.-H. (2010) ‘Effectiveness of topical Chia seed oil on Pruritus of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and healthy volunteers’, Annals of Dermatology, 22(2), p. 143.
WHERE TO PURCHASE: Directly at Maya Chia.