Acai Berry Benefits For Hair & Skin
Berries have been a staple food for mankind since the dawn of our species. Used for food and their many health benefits they have long been an essential part of our diet. The Acai berry is a recent addition to this food category and is found mainly in South and Central America. Similar to the shape of a grape and a dark purple in colour, the berries grow near the top of palm trees, making them extremely difficult to harvest. Each berry also contains a large seed in the centre so consists of only 10% fruit and pulp. Thus large quantities are required to extract even moderate amounts which can be used commercially. Acai berries and its by-products, therefore, do not come cheap.
However, it is only in recent times that this berry has been recognised as a super food. With a range of benefits, it facilitates weight loss and is high in both antioxidants and fibre. It fights the signs of ageing and is a very popular ingredient for hair and skin care products. Acai berries have recently been brought into the spotlight with endorsements from such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt.
How does the Acai berry benefit hair and skin?
Acai Berry is a combination of omega and amino acid which nourishes and builds healthy hair. Other ingredients that help in growth and shine of hair are all present in the berry – magnesium, vitamins A, C, E and B, folic acid and zinc. While the vitamins help with quick hair growth, zinc strengthens the hair roots and keeps the scalp. Not only does this keep hair healthy it also helps eliminate hair loss and thinning. The magnesium in the berry regulates calcium levels in the body. High calcium is one of the causes of hair loss.
For strong, luscious hair here is a conditioning tip. Mix one part apple cider vinegar, one part rose water, and one part freshly brewed green tea and add a heaped teaspoon of organic pure Acai berry. Shake well and store after adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Wet your hair thoroughly, add this mixture and let it rest for 15 minutes. Wash well before conditioning and styling. Better than most rinses you can buy off supermarket shelves it easily adds a noticeable glow to your hair.
So far as your skin is concerned, Acai berries are also extremely beneficial. It’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are also anti-ageing agents, helping to eliminate acne and other skin blemishes. This natural process is definitely an easier, more economical alternative than a skin rejuvenation treatments from a beauty clinic on a laser or IPL machine. The high Vitamin C in Acai berry also keeps the skin radiant and glowing by fighting destructive radical-free cells which are responsible a significant portion of skin damage and ageing.
You have used many different types of masks but using an Acai berry based one is a treat. It leaves an incredibly soft feeling restoring natural complexion, reduces hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Mix quarter of a fresh avocado, three blackberries, and one teaspoon of Acai berry in a blender. Add the essential oils of your choice and apply on make-up free skin. Wear the mask for five minutes, peel off and see the radical transformation in your looks.
Try the Acai berry today and experience its fabulous properties keeping you looking young and fresh.