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Acai Berry in Cosmetics

Updated on August 25, 2011

The Acai berry is a fruit from the Acai palm, which is native to the Amazon rainforest and many parts of Brazil. For centuries, Acai berries have been consumed by inhabitants native to the region of Amazonia, but the health benefits of these berries for everyone was not known until recently. The people of the Amazon rainforest have the lowest levels of cancer than any other group of people on Earth. In addition, they have longer lifespans and fall victim to few illnesses and other conditions.

Researchers began looking for answers as to why this may be, and they found that Acai berry alone made up for anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of the daily nutrition for most people in this region. The Acai berry has long been an important resource for rainforest natives. Now, it is even more so. Acai berry juices, extracts, weight loss products, supplements, and oils are now being sold all over the world. Local indigenous tribes that work to harvest the berries are now better able to sustain themselves because of this commercial industry, and the Acai berry has become the most important nonrenewable resource in Brazil.

In cosmetics, Acai oil is processed for use in make-up, wrinkle creams, moisturizers, tanning lotions, and anti-aging products. Traditionally, other tropical oils were favored for these types of products, but it was found that the concentrated levels of antioxidants found in Acai berry were more beneficial for reversing the signs of aging as well as rehydrating skin and preventing wrinkles. 

The best part of using Acai oil in cosmetics is that the high levels of antioxidants are resistant to heat and stay the same regardless of how long the oil is stored. This is a trait that many beauty products manufacturers found to be desirable and cost-effective. For the end consumer, products that contain Acai oil are not only more affordable, but they also provide improved results for skin care. Many moisturizing products that are petroleum-based do not actually help moisturize skin. Instead, they provide a protective layer that prevents moisture from escaping and reduced the effects of sun and wind.

Cosmetics that contain Acai berry, on the other hand, actually help skin cells absorb moisture. In addition, the antioxidant properties of Acai oil decrease skin infections, reduce blemishes, and help to even out skin tones. Acai berry has been used in an increasing number of beauty products since the late 1990s. It is expected that there will now be many more cosmetics manufacturers who begin using Acai oil.

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