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The Miracle Fruits and their Skin Benefits:
There are several fruits that have tremendous anti-oxidant powers. BORBA scientists researched their benefits thoroughly before introducing them into the skin-specific BORBA Waters and Aqua-less Crystalline. Let’s review the key BORBA fruits and their benefits on skin:
 
Pomegranate: Found in BORBA’s Clarifying products.
Pomegranates were one of the first fruits cultivated in the world. When studied, it turns out that Pomegranates contain polyphenols, potent anti-oxidants that deliver 3 times the anti-oxidant effect of red wine or green tea. The positive effect that Pomegranates have on troubled, congested, inflamed or “breakout” prone skin has been well documented: soothes internal inflammation, helps balance oil production, helps reduce blemishes, and helps to strengthen the cell’s outside structure.

Acai: Found in BORBA’s Age Defying products.
Acai has been called the “ambrosia of the Amazon” and has long been a staple food throughout the Amazon. It is rich in purple pigments called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are a group of photochemicals—found in red wine for example—that experts have shown to exhibit numerous potential therapeutic, anti-inflammatory functions. Acai’s pulp contains up to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine! And, Acai has a much higher anti-oxidant level than blueberries. Acai also has more protein than an average egg, and has essential Omega 6 fatty acids, that help boost skin’s immune system. Its sweet tasting berry has shown to assist in strengthening skin’s collagen and elastin fibers, help eliminate toxins for a healthier complexion, and help smooth and soften skin’s texture.

Mangosteen: Found in BORBA’s Anti-Aging/Clarifying products.
Found in Southeast Asia, Mangosteen…dubbed The Queen of the Fruits…is a tropical fruit that is similar in size and color to the plum. It is not related to the Mango family, however it is probably the most medically researched botanical in the world. Up until recently, the Mangosteen fruit was not available in quantities necessary to support export markets. It has a snow-white “pulp” , or center, which is wrapped in segments like an Orange. It has long been revered for its health benefits. Xanthones and Polysaccharides—which are found inside the pulp—have strong medicinal and healing attributes. Some experts have stated that Mangosteen has tremendous free radical absorption ability, making it a powerful anti-oxidant in fighting skin-aging concerns. Its creamy pulp has skin renewing and softening abilities, which helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface.
Cherimoya: Found in BORBA’s Firming products.
Originally from South America, Cherimoya is now grown in other regions with suitable growing conditions, such as New Zealand and California. Its skin color varies from brownish-red to green, turning to yellow and almost black as the fruit becomes ripe and is considered one of the most flavorful of fruits in the world. It’s not the tropical fruit taste that enticed BORBA, but rather Cherimoya’s amazing anti-oxidant ability. Experts have discovered that Cherimoya has unique skin-caring properties: helps increase elasticity, firmness and suppleness of skin, and gives skin a stronger support system.

Lychee: Found in BORBA’s Replenishing products.
Lychee is found in many parts of the world, but the largest exporters are from Asia, India, South Africa, and Hawaii. Rich in Vitamin C and an excellent source of potassium, the lychee is a juicy and sweet subtropical fruit that grows like Strawberries…in bunches, only they grow on evergreen trees. Lychee has shown to be very beneficial for dry or dehydrated skins as it provides long-term skin hydration. Lychee has also shown results on improving the look of dull, lifeless skin by increasing skin’s radiance and glow.

Papaya:
Although the origin of Papaya is uncertain, many believe the plant to be native of tropical regions of Mexico and Central America. The papaya contains powerful fruit enzymes that aid in natural, gentle exfoliation of the skin. Also, Papaya enzymes are known to aid in skin inflammation and help accelerate skin healing.

Guava:
Guava is often referred to as the “apple of the tropics”. It has been found to have 3 times as much Vitamin C as an Orange, and it is also rich in Vitamins A & B. Guava has a high level of Licopene—a powerful anti-oxidant also found in tomatoes. It also acts as a natural exfoliant, improving skin’s texture, tone and appearance.
The Powerful Anti-Oxidant Vitamins and Minerals and their Skin
Benefits:

Health experts say that vitamins and minerals--in all forms--play an integral role in a healthy, vibrant, more balanced complexion. Acting as powerful anti-oxidants, their skin benefits are numerous. How much is enough with vitamins and minerals? It is very, very rare to naturally have an abundance of these vitamins and minerals in your body—even when eating a healthy diet. In fact, smokers or people under stress are many times vitamin and mineral deficient, and require more intake. However, if in doubt, always consult your physician before starting on vitamin and mineral supplementation.
 
Vitamin A:
Topical Vitamin A can make a real difference in your skin, such as reduction in lines/wrinkles, good breakout control, etc. Vitamin A mostly comes from animal foods, but some plant-based foods supply beta-carotene, which your body then converts into Vitamin A. Internally, Vitamin A has incredible anti-oxidant properties, neutralizing free radical cellular damage. Skin results: helps keep skin soft and smooth, while acting as a natural moisturizing humectant.
Vitamin C:
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has tremendous topical benefits for skin, such as resurfacing, refining of skin texture. Research has also indicated that Vitamin C may be associated with delayed aging and even disease prevention, due to its strong anti-oxidant abilities. Internally, Vitamin C helps prevent cell damage, promote cell renewal and helps the healing process of the skin, promoting a more vibrant skin appearance.
Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is also a strong anti-oxidant that has proven to neutralize free radicals both internally and externally, reducing cellular damage. Its healing benefits are touted on skin, and it also aids in healthy circulation of skin. It is both moisture-loving, and moisture-providing. Its soothing benefits are phenomenal and skin is left with a healthy, vibrant glow.

Vitamin B6:
Vitamin B6 is known to help brain function and help the body convert protein to energy. It has anti-oxidant properties and helps aid in the production of hormones to balance internal cellular activity.

Vitamin B12:
Vitamin B12 helps to soothe and calm the skin by reducing inflammation and strengthening capillaries.
Selenium:
Selenium is one of the essential trace minerals in the human body. This nutrient is an important part of anti-oxidant enzymes that protect cells against free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen metabolism. It is also essential for normal functioning of the immune system. Plant foods are the major dietary sources of selenium in most countries—but the amount of selenium in the soil varies by region, which determines the amount of selenium in the plant foods grown in those soils. Selenium is also found in animals that eat the plants that have been planted in rich selenium soil. Plus, brazil nuts, walnuts, whole grain foods and seafood are good sources of selenium. Selenium affects the skin significantly by helping combat free radicals and renew the epidermis—minimizing wrinkles and softening fine lines, while strengthening skin’s structure.
Zinc:
Zinc has numerous skin benefits—especially when cells are undergoing proliferation (reproducing). Zinc also has anti-inflammatory and soothing qualities on skin, and has been shown to benefit healing of wounds if taken internally or used topically on skin.
Magnesium:
Magnesium is vital for enzyme activity and energy. Magnesium deficiencies can be linked to many disorders, such as chronic fatique, depression, etc. Potassium has shown to have preventative properties, especially in the area of hypertension, stroke, or arterial disease. It also helps in regulating body fluid intake and absorption of fluids.
Green Tea:
This modern world has discovered the many benefits of Green Tea, called the “gift from mother nature”. Modern science has now revealed the anti-oxidant and anti-microbial activity of Green Tea, as well as other health and skin promoting properties. Green Tea contains potent anti-oxidants called Polyphenols and has even more anti-oxidant protection than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The most powerful Polyphenol, called EGCG, is abundant in Green Tea.

Recent studies have linked EGCG to skin cell rejuvenation. It is touted as the “fountain of youth” for skin cells. Dr. Stephen Hsu, cell biologist in Medical College of Georgia Department of Biology says:

“When exposed to EGCG, the old cells found in the upper layers of the epidermis appear to start dividing again…reactivating and producing more energy. As a result, all skin conditions can be noticeably improved…”
 
 
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