Does Amla Brighten Your Skin?
Top Benefits And Remedies
Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is a green fruit known for its unique taste which is a combination of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent flavours. The amla tree is native to Southeast Asia and is popular for its therapeutic properties. It is considered the most important medicinal plant in the Indian traditional system of medicine, which is Ayurveda.
Various parts of the amla plant are used to prevent many diseases, but the most important part is the amla fruit itself. Let’s learn about the benefits of amla for skin and how to use it effectively.
Amla Benefits For Skin
1. Provides Antioxidants
Research shows that ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, is the most abundant antioxidant found in amla juice. After Barbados cherries, amla is the second richest natural source of vitamin C in the world.
Amla is also rich in Vitamin E, which supports cellular regeneration and repair. Its phytochemical composition of gallic acid, ellagic acid and catechins is known to protect our body against oxidative stress.
2. Reduces Inflammation
Research indicates that phenolic compounds called tannins present in amla powder protect our skin against allergens and also calm down existing inflammation. Regular consumption of amla fruit accelerates wound healing and tissue repair.
3. Delays Ageing
As we age, our skin experiences loss of collagen and elasticity which leads to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Research suggests that extracts of the amla fruit are successful in promoting collagen synthesis and boosting collagen metabolism in the skin. This property is helpful in achieving plump and youthful skin and preventing early signs of ageing.
4. Repairs Sun Damage
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is one of the biggest contributors to ageing, irreversible cell damage, inflammation and melanoma. According to research, the juice of the amla fruit has a kerato protective effect in skin keratinocytes exposed to ultraviolet radiation. This means that the phyto antioxidants in amla juice have the ability to scavenge free radical activity in skin cells and reduce UV-induced oxidative damage.
Home Remedies With Amla For Skin Care
Detan Amla Gel Mask
- Organic amla powder
- Organic aloe vera gel
- Take 1 tablespoon of triphala powder in a bowl and add some aloe gel to it.
- Make a smooth paste for easy application.
- Apply the paste to your face and neck after cleansing your skin with a mild cleanser.
- Rinse it off after it dries. Follow with a facial oil.
Brightening Amla Clay Mask
- Freshly pressed amla juice
- Organic rose water
- French green clay
- Take 1 tablespoon of clay and 1 teaspoon of amla juice in a bowl and add enough rose water to get a smooth mask.
- Apply the pack to your face and neck after cleansing your skin with a mild cleanser.
- Rinse it off once it dries. Follow with a facial oil.
- Use this remedy once a week to get clear and bright skin.
Juicy Chemistry Kakadu Plum, Matcha And Blood Orange Face Mask
Our Kakadu Plum, Matcha And Blood Orange Face Mask is formulated with organic amla fruit powder, kakadu plum powder, damask rose and orange peel to give your skin a boost of antioxidants and promote even skin tone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Amla juice is meant for which skin type?
Amla is suitable for all skin types. However, we do suggest doing a patch test before using it.
Can I use amla juice on my skin directly?
What is the shelf life of amla juice?
Freshly pressed amla juice can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. However, vitamin C is an unstable nutrient and it oxidises quickly. Hence, we always suggest using fresh amla juice in your DIY recipes to get maximum benefits out of it.
Can amla juice remove acne?
Amla contains anti-inflammatory benefits and wound-healing properties. This makes it effective against inflamed acne. It also contains vitamin C, which has an exfoliating effect on your skin that helps reduce acne with consistent use.