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What Acai can do for your skin
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Acai: most commonly known as a key ingredient in ‘acai bowls’ at brunch in hipster-populated areas or that powder your healthiest pal adds to their morning smoothie, but it’s also a superstar ingredient in many a skincare product and for good reason too.

What is it?

A purple-red berry that’s not far flung from your blueberries and cranberries, the acai berry comes from the acai palm tree which hails from central and south America – an exotic beast, naturally. It’s packed with fibre (which is great for keeping your digestive system healthy), fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9) and antioxidants like Vitamin C. In fact, it’s a real super antioxidant – one of the world’s best for fighting off skin-damaging free radicals – hence why it’s been deployed in skincare to work its magic.

What does it do for skin?

Good skin comes from within; that and clever products for the outside of your face. And it goes without saying that a sprinkle of acai extract in your smoothie or yoghurt can enhance internal health; it contains a potent antioxidant called anthocyanin which boosts blood circulation (hello healthy, rosy skin) and it’s also anti-inflammatory which helps calm skin down from the inside i.e. areas of raised, red acne skin will start to improve too.

What it does on the inside, it also does on the outside. The Vitamin C it contains is one of the best in the business – it evens out skin texture, plumps and firms up skin, and increases cell turnover, so you’ll notice your face getting glowier as the days go by. It’s also one of the best antioxidants to defend the skin from the environment: pollution, smoking, UVA/UVB – you name it, it’s got your back.

And let’s not forget the various omegas that help reinforce the skin’s barrier, which when compromised can lead to pretty distressed, haggard skin – these also revive a dull, tired face, so one to use on a hangover, for sure.

Who needs it?

Anyone can benefit from acai in their arsenal, but those in special need are older skins or those who suffer with acne. Whether it’s a supplement or a cream, it might help.

Where can you find it?

The Cleanser: Eminence Firm Skin Acai Cleanser

The Moisturiser: Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturiser – Acai Berry and Borago

The Serum: Odacite AC+R Youthful Glow Serum

The Organic Option: Sukin Super Greens Recovery Serum

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