Fresh from the Amazon rain forest comes acai (pronounced AH-sa-ee), an antioxidant-packed berry that has impressed both health and beauty experts. While ingestion acai is thought to boost memory, prevent heart disease, and enhance sexual desire & performance, cosmetic companies are just now exploring the benefits of slathering it on skin and hair. In Bora Age Defying Concentrate for the face and Fresh Sugar Acai Age-Delay Body Cream, the berry helps protect against collagen-depleting free radicals. Herbal Essence and HC Color Fantasies use acai in their shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair to prevent fading.
Dermatologists recommend using products that combine acai with other antioxidants such as green tea for best results.