Can This Nut from the Amazon in Peru Really Help Your Skin?
The stunning South American country of Peru is the superfood capital of the world, thanks to the Amazon, which takes up 60% of its land.
The new socially responsible skincare brand from Peru - Amazon Silk - recently came onto the beauty scene with a one-of-a-kind exciting product - Incanta Super Sacha Inchi Anti-Aging Serum - that includes a newly discovered Amazonian nut, the Super Sacha Inchi nut (Plukenetia Huayllabambana).
This super nut is found in higher elevations of Peru (in the cloud forest) and its Omega 3 fatty acids are even higher (up to 58% in the oil) making it the richest source of Omegas 3s on earth.
Why is this so special?
The role of Omega 3s for the health of many of our favorite organs has become more apparent with every medical study. The single largest organ in our body, as every medical student is quick to recite, is…the skin. So it only makes sense that Omega 3s must benefit the skin as well, and it does. While it is always safe in saying that more studies are needed, here are some ways that Omegas play a role in our skin health.
2. As a moisturizer and humectant (keeps moisture in the skin). Because Omega 3s strengthen the integrity of cell membranes, the cells can retain more water and the skin becomes more hydrated and fresh. Omega-3s appear to improve skin barrier function, sealing in moisture and keeping out irritants.
3. Omega-3s may increase your skin’s resistance to sunburns, reduce the severity of skin redness after UV exposure, and alleviate the symptoms of certain photosensitivity disorders.
4. Prevents and reduces the damage caused by acne. In addition, Omegas appear to potentiate the effects of other anti-acne medications like isotretinoin.
5. Decrease hyperpigmentation. Omegas are reported to reveal skin-whitening capability by reducing melanin (The protein that darkens the skin and causes moles and freckles) content by almost half.
6. Cancer. In addition to mitigating UV damage (which can cause skin cancer), Omegas are found to inhibit both the initiation and promotion phases of cutaneous carcinogenesis.
7. Some studies indicate that Omegas tend to enhance hair growth and prevent hair loss. A 2018 study found that Omega-3s stimulated hair growth in rodents. In addition, after 14 days, the hair fibers of the treated follicles were longer and thicker than those of the untreated follicles.