5 major benefits acai has on your skin

Whilst Acai has maintained its trendy status through predominantly dietary-lead products, it is also proving revolutionary in the skincare sector. The Florestas experts share five major benefits the Brazilian acai drupe variety.

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Recognized as the superfood of the Amazon, acai has trended for the last decade for its miraculous benefits in the health, wellness and skincare sectors. Sourced from the deep, lush Amazon rainforest in Brazil, the berries (which are actually a drupe due to their only 10% edible makeup) grow abundantly atop the acai palms, 80 meters above the forest floor. Used by Indigenous communities as a food source for centuries before, acai boasts a rich nutritional composition, believed by Amazonians to be energizing, healing and metabolism-boosting.

Loaded with antioxidants and minerals, and abundant in vitamins A, B, C and E, the anti-inflammatory nutrients are more prominent than other berries, with anthocyanins, proanthocyanins, protocatechuic acid, procyanidins, and epicatechin. Proven to be a game changer in anti-aging, acai is known for slowing the aging process and boosting health, rich in moisture and used to enhance hydration, regenerate skin cells, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. So, with its rich natural formula and superfood status, what benefits does acai have in our skincare routine?

  1.  Targets and prevents the early signs of aging
    An aid in preventing early signs of aging, acai is known to help with skin regeneration, keeping skin happy, healthy, and vibrant. Rich in antioxidants that repair damaged skin cells faster, acai oil contains fatty acids that help the skin to remain tight, moist and clear. Abundant in Vitamin A, which promotes clear pores, increases collagen, and reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discolorations, the fatty acids protect the skin from environmental aggressors and reduce the appearance of aging. The acai berry is also often used to eliminate scars, stretch marks, crow’s feet and dry skin. The result - a more youthful appearance. 

  1. Plumps and hydrates the skin
    A natural alternative to chemical-based products, acai oil feeds your skin with natural nutrients. As we age, our skin moisture decreases causing wrinkles to look deeper. B vitamins help to digest food, which is good for absorption as the aid in transporting nutrients to all the cells, including our skin. Oil plumps the skin and passes through the lipid layer, improving the absorption of other ingredients. Vitamin B2 is an antioxidant that helps the body metabolize fats and protein, and B1 strengthens the immune system, helping the body to withstand stress.
  1. Revives dull, dried skin
    Acai is rich in omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, as well as magnesium, zinc and calcium. Magnesium plays an important role in the moistness and elasticity of your skin, with calcium, found in the outermost layer of skin, regulating many skin functions, and playing an important role in lipid barrier function repair, skin renewal and antioxidant protection. Furthermore, Vitamin B3 helps retain moisture so our skin is smooth and flake-free, with the fatty acids revive the look of dry, dull skin. Working collaboratively, these vitamins and nutrients keep your skin looking smooth, soft, youthful and supple.
  1. Helps to protect and nourish, including against UV damage
    As a precursor of collagen within the body, acai keeps our skin firm, tight, and bright, recognized for its long-lasting effectiveness. A natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, the antioxidant properties of acai oil are consistently high, boasting an abundance of Vitamin C, sited for its role in anti-aging, copper, which is proven to benefit the skins hydration, antioxidant protection and firmness, and ability to protect against UV damage.
  1. Provides the building blocks for healthy skin
    Abundant in vitamins, minerals other nutrients like anthocyanins and flavonoids (both powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and assist in in the body's cell protection system), the fatty acids in acai are considered the building blocks for collagen - the skin’s connective tissue. Leaving skin firm and tight, the acai benefits also include that of its zinc content, known to help heal wounds, including reducing acne lesions by 85%. The Brazilian berry is fantastic for use across all skin types, including for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, known to reduce redness.