Berries for your skin
Are you overwhelmed by the number of 'oily offerings' available, whether they're any good, and who they're good for?
We are; and while we don't pretend to know everything about them, we do understand that oil is good for your skin because it naturally nourishes, repairs and resurfaces and can help fight environmental skin damage.
The one that has interested us most recently is açai berry oil. Like us, you've probably only thought of açai berry has a 'super food' smoothie, but it turns out it's good for your skin too.
Açai has more antioxidants than red grapes, blueberries and cranberries and is full of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids as well as Vitamin E which, combined with antioxidant polyphenols, makes it a very restorative moisturiser. In case you're not sure why 'antioxidant' is good for you (it tends to be one of those phrases thrown about as if we all know), what they do is neutralise the effects of free radicals which, in turn, can damage cells that can lead to a number of diseases.
As an oil, it also has an anti-inflammatory effect and is particularly good for people with psoriasis or eczema.
Its list of advantages also including it's good for ageing skin, helping to restore elasticity and reduce fine lines.
Unlike many other oils, from what we tried, açai berry oil absorbs fairly quickly and doesn't leave skin looking shiny or greasy.
Over the coming months, we're going to be trying different oils and we'll let you know what we think and/or learn about them.
In the meantime, if you haven't already, try some açai berry oil and see what you think. There are a number of products out there to try. The best place to start is better beauty shops, health stores or online wholesalers.
P.S. If, like us, you don't mind a smoothie, here's one of our favourite recipes for an açai berry smoothie with another little superfood, the blueberry. Enjoy!