Acai Berry Oil
Acai berry oil (Euterpe oleracea) is extracted by cold pressing the acai fruit.
The skin benefits of acai berry oil are limitless. It is a powerful emollient, fast absorbing and packed full of antioxidants and vitamins. It is especially beneficial when used as an anti-aging product and it instantly relieves and restores dry tired skin.
History of Acai
Popularly known for its boom on the health and fitness scene you can’t go to any healthy café without seeing Acai bowls on the menu. Acai rose to fame after Dr Oz mentioned its benefits on the Oprah show in 2009 making it a household name. Native to central and south America the acai berry comes from the Acai palm tree which is found in the amazon rainforest. Acai has been used by Amazonian tribes for generations.
Rich in phenolics, fatty acids and antioxidants Acai berry oil has anti-inflammatory ingredients and is a holy grail in the fight against aging. Abundant in vitamins A,B,C & E as well as packed with minerals Acai berry extract helps revive skin, heal damaged cells and restore moisture.
In a report from the National Institute for Health (NIH) water extracts from the Acai berry were evaluated for their positive effect on wound healing. Making it a great oil for those with problem skin such as acne.
Full of fatty acids which help the skin look youthful and tight whilst also helping to protect the skin from environmental aggressors and reduce the signs of aging.
The antioxidants in Acai oil help fight against oxidative stress. You may have heard the term oxidative stress before it refers to when we are stressed either physically or mentally and unfortunately our skin is often the first place to show it. Fine lines, wrinkles, sagginess, dark spots of discolouration; the good news is the ingredients within acai berry oil help to prevent these from forming. Antioxidants repair damaged skin cells which results in a healthy youthful complexion.
Acai oil vitamins and minerals
- Vitamin C – As a precursor of collagen within the body it keeps our skin tight, firm and bright. Vitamin C protects against UV damage and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- B vitamins – known for fighting free radicals B vitamins are vital in the anti-aging process.
- Anthocyanins and flavonoids – both protect in the bodies cell production system and neutralise free radicals.
- Calcium – calcium is found on the epidermis and regulates many skin functions.
- Magnesium – your skin needs magnesium to prevent it becoming dry and inflammatory.
- Zinc – powerful in healing wounds dermatologists have found a significant decrease in acne lesions when using zinc.
- Copper – science shows the use of copper to have benefits in hydration, firmness and antioxidant protection.
Although there are no well documented studies to suggest any risks associated with Acai berry oil it is recommended that you do a patch test prior to use.
Apply 3 to 4 drops of Acai berry oil to your forearm, wait 24 hours. If no redness or irritation occurs, you are free to use Acai berry for all its wonderful skin qualities.
How to use Acai Oil
- Shampoo – Add a couple of drops of Acai oil to your favourite shampoo to reap its hydrating and nourishing qualities.
- Conditioner – Apply Acai berry oil to the ends of your hair as a smoothing hair treatment after styling.
- Lip care – perfect for dry cracked lips
- Body moisturiser – apply to dry areas such as knees and elbows or add a couple of drops to your favourite moisturiser for an added moisture hit.
- Nail treatment – Applying acai oil to your nail beds is a perfect way to prevent them becoming dry and cracked.