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Açai vs. Pomegranate for Skincare

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With more antioxidants than blueberries or strawberries, the ‘Beauty Berry’ açai is this month’s featured superfruit. As an ingredient in skincare, açai has sometimes been compared to pomegranate as another antioxidant-rich fruit. They are probably the most talked about superfoods in the health food industry, and they also bring similar benefits of skin protection and anti-aging when used in skincare.

Comparing the Nutrients in Açai vs. Pomegranate

Pomegranate and açai share a high content of several vitamins and nutrients, although açai actually has more antioxidant content than pomegranate.

Açai

Pomegranate

B Vitamins

Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin K

Vitamin E

Potassium

Omega Fatty Acids (-3, -6, and -9)

Protein

Monounsaturated Fats

Folate

Antioxidants (18,400 on the ORAC Assay)

Fiber

Amino Acids

Antioxidants (10,500 on the ORAC Assay)

Potassium

Fatty Acids

 

Açai & Pomegranate Benefits for Skin

acai berriesMost of the skincare benefits of using açai are also shared by pomegranate, so it may come down to a matter of preference or access for which you decide to use for your skincare regimen.

Healing: Açai has been known to treat several of the things that contribute to early signs of aging with the skin, including reducing the appearance of stretch marks, wrinkles and acne scars, while also treating discoloration from sun spots or hyperpigmentation. The fatty acid contents in pomegranate help to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation.

Anti-Aging: The compounds found in açai are known to help promote skin cell regeneration, therefore helping to prevent the early signs of aging. Daily use of skincare products containing açai has been found to help the skin maintain a healthy, youthful glow. The omega-5 fatty acids, zinc, copper and other compounds in pomegranate also stimulate cellular regeneration. Since pomegranate helps lock moisture in at the cellular level, its use in skincare can help maintain a more ageless look.

pomegranate fruitProtective: While both pomegranate and açai are high in antioxidants, açai has almost double the amounts and therefore offers more extensive or longer-lasting protection. Vitamin C is prevalent in both superfruits, and açai has additional protective power from other antioxidants including vitamins A and E. Meanwhile, pomegranate contains antioxidants like punicalagins, hydrolysable tannins and derivatives of ellagic acid to protect the skin, and the oil also offers natural protection from the sun. Pomegranate stimulates the keratinocytes, which protect the skin from environmental damage. This is important because over time, things like UV radiation, pollutants and other stressors compromise the skin’s natural protective barrier. Keratinocyte stimulation helps protect the skin more effectively, thus preventing or postponing the signs of aging such as pigmentation, fine lines and age spots.

woman in bun with bare shoulders skincare modelWe use the wonderful açai extracts and oils in all of our products, we use it’s seed powder, a wonderful and gentle antioxidant & vitamin-rich exfoliant in our Brightening & Exfoliating Mud for a nourishing skin treatment that gently clears away dirt and dead skin, while nourishing the skin with protective açai. You can also buy our 100% pure Açai Pulp powder to add to your own skincare products, and take advantage of açai’s protective, healing and anti-aging benefits for skin.

Bonus? Açai is sustainably harvested and 1 ton of its oil alone provides jobs to 660 works and helps to preserve 20,000 sq meters of forest within 1 year.

Healthy, sustainable, eco-beauty that is good for both you and the planet is our own commitment as a brand.

Love yourself, find your joy, share your passion.

Cheers, Val

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