Acai Palms (Euterpe oleracea) are native to the tropical Central and South American climes and grow from Belize to the south of Brazil and Peru in floodplains and swamps. Named after a Portuguese beverage that is made from the palm’s fruit, Acai palms are capable of producing two crops of fruit per year. The small, deep purple fruit are similar in appearance to grapes, and they are considered to be rich in fatty acids such as oleic acid, palmitic acid and polyunsaturated linoleic acid.
Fatty Acids consist of long hydrocarbon chains terminating in a carboxyl group that bonds to glycerol to form fat. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid found in olive and grape seed oils. Palmitic acid is the first fatty acid produced during lipogenesis, other fatty acids can be produced from palmitic acid. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are fatty acids that cannot be synthesized by the body and therefore must be obtained via an outside source. Polyunsaturated linoleic acid is an Omega-6 EFA. Symptoms of Omega-6 deficiencies include dry hair, hair loss and poor wound healing.
FSS Acai Sterols EFA are sterols derived from cold pressing the seeds for oil. The oil is then fractionated and the sterols are removed. Sterols are useful for increasing barrier formation on the skin while also improving hydration.
This super fruit ingredient can be used as a natural replacement for synthetic materials such as petrolatum and animal-derived materials, like lanolin. FSS Acai Sterols EFA is capable of increasing moisture levels on the skin while enhancing the skin’s barrier function to protect against environmental stress responsible for extrinsic aging. As we know, many of the oils extracted from acai are beneficial skin and hair care ingredients. The combined benefits, compliments of acai’s essential fatty acids content and known nourishing properties, make FSS Acai Sterols EFA a one-two punch, perfectly designed by nature to quench our skin while providing protection.
Storage: Store in a dry place at temperatures between 16 and 32°C. Do not freeze.
Shelf life: 12 months, properly stored, in sealed container.
This product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rated.