Maya Wisdom Bottled in Maya Chia’s Eye Achiever

Buried deep in the jungles and obscured on the coastal plains of Central America, evidence of a once dominant and flourishing society stand quietly, impressing all those who seek a glimpse. Despite the unknown cause or causes of the decline of the Maya civilization in roughly 900 AD, Mayas have long had a sacred and deep understanding of the plants and crops found in their realms. Now, some of you might be asking yourself, what is The Detox Face going on about the Mayas for? For that, I have a few answers, (i) primarily, a review of Maya Chia Eye Achiever (ii) my deep love of history, specifically indigenous history (iii) I lived in Belize as Peace Corps Volunteer and experienced Maya culture firsthand and (iv) I have visited 9 Mayan archeological sites and counting!

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Maya ruins at Lamanai, in northern Belize.

The brand itself, Maya Chia, has been getting love from the likes of Allure, Vanity Fair, and Glamour just to name a few, and similar to a few other green skincare lines out there (La Bella Figura, African Botanics, Kahina, and True Moringa, to name a few) its products are built around one superstar ingredient. In case you did not guess already, Maya Chia products highlight chia seed oil. If you are like me, you may have already picked up on the nutritional buzz around chia seeds. Put them in your smoothie, add them to your granola, thicken your jam, bake with them, the list goes on! It turns out the Mayas have been eating chia seeds for quite some time. Apparently, Maya warriors used to carry chia seeds with them on campaigns as it provided stamina, and in the Mayan language chia translates to “strength.” Small digression here, there are numerous dialects of Mayan, 69 to be exact, so I am not sure that this translation carries through to all dialects. As many of us have learned by now, what is good for the healthy functioning of our bodies can also provide added benefits when applied topically to our skin.

The Eye Achiever, showcased on top of my Mayan blouse, made for me in the small Belizean village of San Benito Poite.

Supercritical chia seed oil is the Eye Achiever’s primary ingredient. For those of you curious, supercritical refers to the extraction (using a substance at a temperature or pressure at or above its critical point) of the essential oils and oleoresins, and according to Maya Chia’s website, the brand has a patent on their specialized supercritical extraction. Commonly, CO2 is used in supercritical extraction, as it is not toxic and inexpensive. Chia seed oil is extremely rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and omega-6. Omega fatty acids do wonders for the skin, such as smoothing it out, which in turn leads us to generally appear younger looking. This is obviously a boon for the delicate skin around our eyes, which may be one of the first places we start to show signs of aging. Omega fatty acids also increase hydration, reduce redness, and provide antioxidants which, again help us fight the signs of aging. I also love that the next ingredient in the Eye Achiever is black cumin seed oil, which also has a long-documented history, in fact, black cumin seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, the most famous Egyptian pharaoh to be unearthed. Black cumin seed oil delivers antioxidant, antibacterial, and impressive moisturizing. Applying to the under-eye can mean goodbye tired and dehydrated looking eyes.

My testing period started with the Eye Achiever’s arrival at Christmas, which coincided with our stay with my sister and her family. My sister had just delivered twins, who had only debuted two weeks before our arrival. Any of you who have or have had an infant or infants plural, can comment below on my self-centeredness, as I only bought myself the Eye Achiever. Although, in my defense, I did buy my sister Eminence’s Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream, so she can do a guest blog on the effectiveness of that green skincare eye product. Unlike my sister, I had plenty of sleep over the visit, but I went to bed exhausted, did I mention she has an almost 3-year-old little boy too? Yet, when I awoke each morning I still felt exhausted. Perhaps it came from sleeping on an air mattress, shoved in between, as of yet, two unoccupied cribs. Additionally, I picked up a cold while I was there and battled even after our return to Idaho, all of which means, I looked haggard each morning I woke up and started my beauty routine.

Aren’t they freaking adorable?

Curtain pull, stage center, Maya Chia Eye Achiever! The Eye Achiever has a roller ball application which gives the application of the product a nice cool feeling on the skin. This cooling effect at application most likely contributed to the reduction of my puffiness under the eyes in the morning. I typically roll the product back and forth under my eye once, maybe twice, finishing with rolling it in the direction of my outer eye and downward a little. Then, per the direction on the Maya Chia website, gently pat where applied. The product has a very light texture, which is partly why I sometimes feel the need to roll it on twice, There is something very luxurious about the lightness of this product versus a more traditional eye cream. Another benefit of the roller ball application is the fact that it prevents a user from going overboard with the product, after all, there can be such a thing as too much product, to the point where it cannot be absorbed by the skin. I found the Eye Achiever to provide a bit of a brightening effect around my eyes. Now, I know, we all read “brighten,” or “brightening,” and if you are like me, you think, what the heck does that mean exactly? Well, I use the term to describe an overall more awake look that I experienced using the Eye Achiever. So, for example I go from a, “she definitely just begrudgingly rolled out of bed look” to a “she just finished a 6 AM yoga class and already drank oodles of water and is ready for the day look.” Make sense? This difference is important if you had a small amount of sleep the night before, or slept poorly.  The chia seed oil is an excellent hydrator, so it helps pump the skin full of moisture and with all those fatty acids in the chia seed oil, the Eye Achiever plumps the skin up, which I found, gave my eyes a brightened look. And as a final bonus, the Eye Achiever currently goes for $70, which considering the cost of other eye products on the green skincare market, is almost a steal (I won’t go so far as to say it is inexpensive).  Another disclaimer I will make while I can still make it, is that I do not, as of yet, have wrinkles around my eyes, therefore, I cannot make any proclamation as to the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles by my use of the Eye Achiever. My husband however, is another story, and after writing this blog, I realized he is going to be my fine lines and wrinkles product guinea pig going forward.

Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico.

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