You’d have to have been living under a rock to be unaware of acai’s recent ascension to superfood status, but you may be less aware that the power of acai extends to the domain of beauty as well as health.

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In its native South America acai has been used for centuries for its healing properties, but when the rest of the world caught on to acai’s amazing health benefits around 2009, it didn’t take long for modern beauty companies to see how these benefits could be utilised to dramatic effect, and they were soon imbuing their products with acai. So what makes it so helpful for skin?

1. Regeneration sensation

With nicknames such as the ‘youth berry’, ‘beauty berry’ or ‘Botox in a bottle’, the nutrients and vitamins in acai are off the charts. It’s loaded with Omega 3, 6 and 9, and contains vitamins A, C and E, which help skin regenerate and help to combat sun damage.

Acai’s remarkable antioxidant content is truly mind-boggling – it’s 20-30 times richer than red wine in anthocyanins, the substances thought to be responsible for France’s low rate of heart disease and which help protect our bodies against the unstable molecules known as free radicals, which speed up the ageing process.

2. Blemish be gone!

Acai pulp oil quickly absorbs into the skin to instantly calm, while its powerful hydrating properties make it a must in anti-ageing. Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties give the additional bonus of being well suited to acneic and problem skin, helping to sooth and prevent blemishes.

3. Fatigue fighter

With such a wealth of nutrients – including 16 identified antioxidants and phytonutrients and 50-75 natural compounds so unique they are yet to be identified – beauty products containing this wonder ingredient provide an instant pick-me-up for skin showing signs of fatigue, giving the complexion an immediate boost of radiance and smooth, dewy appearance.

4. Lip lover

Acai products are also a brilliant remedy for dry, cracked lips. With its extreme moisturising properties and masses of antioxidants, parched lips will become soft and luscious much faster than with a regular lip balm.

5. Hair health

Even hair can benefit from the powers of acai berries. With a protein content higher than in eggs, along with the omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins, you have the perfect ingredient combination to strengthen hair from the roots to the tips. Acai also does double duty helping to minimise hair loss, thanks to its folic acid and zinc – the zinc strengthens roots and promotes good scalp health, while magnesium helps to regulate calcium levels, with high levels of calcium associated with hair loss.

August 22, 20167:45am

Beauty | body+soul

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