The acai berries are the fruit of a palm tree of the same name that grows in the Brazilian jungle. For centuries the indigenous Amazonians have used them as food and as a remedy against the most varied ailments, given the numerous therapeutic properties they have.
In recent years the benefits of this berry have penetrated strongly in the United States and Europe, demonstrating that its extract has an extraordinary ability to stop skin aging.
Although it has multiple names, in most cosmetics it appears as acai. It is also referred to as asaí or even azaí. In case of doubt, however, you can check its presence in the list of ingredients by its botanical name: Euterpe oleracea.
The acai contains some active ingredients that make it unique in nature and very beneficial to prevent premature aging of the skin. Here are four of them that are highly beneficial for skin.
It has antioxidants in amounts higher than other vegetables, such as vitamins A and C, but especially anthocyanins. In the orac classification, which measures the antioxidant capacity of food, acai leads the list among all fruits and vegetables, even ahead of citrus, grapes and other red berries such as blueberries and raspberries.
In a cosmetic, antioxidants are able to eliminate free radicals. These particles, which are very reactive, can react with any macromolecule of the organism (DNA, proteins, fat molecules, hormones…), and become denatured, posing a risk to health.
Free radicals are generated by the physiological oxidation that occurs over time and is accentuated with certain habits. In the skin, its concentration can increase abruptly due to exposure to solar radiation, which produces the so-called skin photo-aging.
The acai anthocyanins, responsible for their color, are so antioxidant that they not only capture and nullify free radicals, but they are able to restore and regenerate damaged and oxidized collagen fibers, which improves the turgidity and appearance of the skin.
The botanical name of acai already points to its fatty content, almost half the dry weight of the berry! But its oil, in addition to abundant, is of high quality, with a composition similar to that of olive oil.
Its major fatty acids are, in order of greater to lesser proportion, oleic, palmitic and linoleic. All of them are of great nutritional value for the skin and hence the acai is included in both body lotions and facial creams.
3. Amino Acids
Along with all the previous properties, acai provides all the amino acids necessary for skin regeneration.
The power of nature
Like any natural substance, this berry must be collected and handled carefully to preserve its properties. It is advisable to choose formulas based on vegetable oils with those that are in synergy and that optimize their effects, avoiding paraffins and synthetic derivatives that minimize them.
As you can see this berry is perfect for your cosmetic needs. So what are you waiting for? Take full advantage of its regenerative power today.