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Skin Superfood – Aronia in Cosmetics

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Applying Aronia Face Cream

 

We are in love with a new high powered antioxidant oil extracted from Aronia (chokeberries)!  After reading all of the benefits of the use of Aronia, we became obsessed with formulating it into a skin care product. Finding Aronia in cosmetics may be right around the corner!

Aronia Berries

Aronia is in a genus of deciduous shrubs, the chokeberries, in the family Rosaceae and native to eastern North America.  Its berries (which look a bit like blueberries) are most commonly found in wet woods and swamps.

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Chokeberries are currently cultivated in Europe for inclusion into wine, syrup, jam, juice, extracts, ice cream, beer and as a food colorant or cooked into loaves of bread. In the US, chokeberries are mainly found as ornamental plants or used as food products. The sour berries have a very puckering effect on the mouth (hence the name “chokeberry”) and can be eaten raw off the bush – preferably in late fall sometime around the end of September or October. Less commonly, the cold-pressed oil is used in cosmetics.

Benefits

Of all the fruits in the world Aronia (aronia melanocarpa) also known as the “black chokeberry” contains the highest levels of polyphenolic compounds, such as anthocyanins and carotenoids, which are the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. When infused in green tea or used in wine, the resulting drinks contain both types of polyphenols, catechins, and anthocyanins.

Aronia is considered by many to be the healthiest fruit in the world and offers more benefits than any other superfood. Because of its naturally occurring compounds, aronia berries have anticarcinogenic properties and are found to be effective in limiting the atherosclerotic damage caused by heart disease.

In Japan, researchers have also found that aronia can block the action of COX-2, an extremely potent pro-inflammatory agent. Additionally, it has also been shown to decrease gastric irritation caused by certain non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

Healthy Body

When used to prevent urinary tract infections, aronia has been found to be five times more effective than cranberries because of its high levels of quinic acid. Additionally, Aronia has been beneficial in treating arthritis and hypertension, as it strengthens blood vessels, supports natural immunity, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight control and even delays the natural aging process.

Aronia berries contain many types of vitamins, including vitamin K (needed for blood clotting) and vitamin C (antioxidant properties, strengthens the immune system and promotes collagen production necessary for building and repairing connective tissue). Aronia berries are also a great source of mineral salts like manganese and iron.As if that weren’t enough, these berries also have cholesterol-lowering and hypoglycemic properties in type two diabetes and help overweight and obese people since they reduce belly fat. Aronia berries are naturally high in fiber and thus effective in treating constipation.

Use in Cosmetics

When aronia is used topically in cosmetics, it has the ability to improve problem skin for all the reasons stated above.   Incorporated into a cream, aronia has the ability to reduce dilated blood capillaries, soothe hypersensitive skin, skin dryness, improve microcirculation, and decrease inflammation as well as delaying the aging process. Because of its ability to scavenge free radicals,  it protects the skin against negative pollutants in the environment. The skin becomes less tense and more supple and softer with an enhanced appearance.Aronia Skin Brite Cream

The Chokeberry Seed Oil we use is expeller pressed from dried chokeberry seeds, carefully filtered to produce an amber oil that has a lovely texture and sweet, mild aroma and is meticulously handled, stored and packaged to maintain the purity, freshness and beneficial properties of this extraordinary oil.

When Chokeberry Seed Oil is formulated into a cream it is absorbed rapidly and is a delightfully versatile, nutritive oil for sensitive skin.  Because it is a primarily polyunsaturated oil it helps to soften, soothe and protect the skin, leaving it feeling nourished and hydrated. Thus, it is well suited for sensitive, severely dry, itchy, mature and problem skin types.

Where Can I Find Aronia Products?

Aronia is relatively new on the cosmetics scene and is readily available in a shampoo.  Our Aronia Skin Brite cream is in testing and we’ll let you know when it’s ready for market, just sign up for our newletter here!  Initial testing is showing amazing results. Fight aging skin with antioxidant benefits and see the difference!

When eaten, Aronia-or chokeberries have the ability to improve digestive processes, protect the body against free radicals, help with weight loss, reduce inflammation, protect the immune system, improve eye health, slow down effects of aging, combat cancer, lower blood pressure, and stimulate repair to the body. When applied to the skin, the anti-aging benefits are greater than those seen with Vitamin C!  Dried, squeezed or in supplement form, these berries contain a wide array of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.

14 thoughts on “Skin Superfood – Aronia in Cosmetics

  1. Hi Sharon,

    Great overview. I have an issue that sometimes I am having like brownish spots on my skin. I was advised by my dermatologist to use Clotrimazole on it and it seems to help. The thing is that it always come back after some time.

    So the questions for you is…

    Do you know what this might be? In case that I am missing some vitamins will Aronia help me with this?

    Cheers

    Eugen

    1. Hey Eugen!

      Without actually seeing the spots you’re referring to, I really can’t comment.  I would ask tho, if the dermatologist did a skin scraping prior to having you use Clotrimazole, as fungal infections can be diagnosed readily under the microscope.  Since that is the only use for this drug, I have to assume that’s the diagnosis.  Aronia seems to be an amazing superfood and that’s why I’m so excited about using it in skin care.  It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try some!

      Cheers!

      SharonRPh

  2. Wonderful article on Chokeberry… I never heard of them and now I have. It really made me want to try some to see if they work like the article mentions.  My only comment is on heading format.  The “Aronia Berries” heading is the same size as the “Benefits” header even though the benefits are supposed to be a sub heading.  Its a little distracting for my OCD but overall nicely done.

    1. Thanks Rick!  I really do appreciate your pointing out the heading format.  I really struggle with getting those things done correctly.  Then all of a sudden, everything becomes a heading…then a paragraph…back and forth!  But little things DO matter and I’ll take care of that right now!

      Isn’t it amazing that old things are becoming new?  … and headed back toward natural.  I’m fascinated and as a cancer survivor, you better believe I’m having me some chokeberries!

      All the best!

      SharonRPh

  3. wow, just when you thought there wasn’t anything that could trump coconut oil – BOOM aronia berry comes out of nowhere lol  This is a great review of aronia berries.  I had never heard of them before and I am happy that I have.  I love all of the healing power and anti-inflammatory properties – not to mention, all of the vitamins as well.  Would you suggest including these as a supplement in lieu of a probiotic since they basically do the same thing for the digestive system?

    1. Hey Nicki!  I think they would be wonderful for just about anything!  Probiotics have been under attack lately with one camp saying yes…another saying no…another saying …well if it’s high quality….so on!  But the chokeberries are what they are. And with all the evidence to support the benefits, giving them a try might be just the thing!  I’ve not read any adverse reports, so enjoy!

      Sharon RPh

  4. I never knew Aronia berries were so good for you…  I’ve eaten many berries in my life, probably many of them chokeberries as they are indigenous to my backyard… and though the only place I’ve ever tested them out is in my belly (they are great in homemade jams! 🙂 ), I’d be interested in learning how these skin cream trials turns out… 

    1. Blakey that’s terrific.  I would LOVE to try some jelly made from chokeberries.  We have mayhaw berries here which are very tart and make a delicious jelly, so I would imagine chokeberry jam is great!  I think that chokeberries are going to catch on very soon as a food.  Just to share a little with you, our cream (which I’m now using in trial) is really pretty amazing and I’m hoping that testing substantiates what I’m seeing.  If nothing else, just using the oil straight would have amazing skin results!

      All the best to you!

      SharonRPh

  5. This was very interesting. I have never heard of the Aronia berries and I like to know that it is good for skin. Have you ever heard of Erythrokeratodermia Variabilis? If you have, do you have any idea how well or not this works on it?

    Thanks for sharing this skin superfood. I’m going to bookmark this page for later and see if it will help my hubby’s skin condition,

    Marlinda

    1. Hi Marlinda!

      I’m so sorry to hear that your husband has this condition.  Since the use of aronia -especially for the skin- is its beginning phases I really doubt any research has been done.  But, I’ve seen amazing improvements in skin conditions using natural butters and oils – so who knows?  Perhaps if it only softens the hard areas it would be beneficial.  As a superfood,  I think we’re going to see it grow in popularity.  My research has shown no adverse effects or reactions from it, so maybe think about giving it a try!  All the best to you!

      SharonRPh

  6. When it comes to skin products i feel concerned. My skin has met damages for so long and i tried many cosmetics like soaps, cream even some drinks from many companies but i still struggling with my skin problems.  I hope i will get a product which will help my skin. I look forward to hearing from you

    1. Wow Julienne, I’m so sorry to hear that your skin is so damaged and that you’ve tried (apparently unsuccessfully) to find relief.  May I ask if you’ve tried 100% natural handmade soaps or you’ve just tried what’s commercially available?  Same for creams.  Aronia seems to be such an amazing natural product with so many beneficial properties to offer.  If you want to PM me, we can talk further.

      All the best to you!

      SharonRPh

  7. I love chokeberries, but never knew they could be used in so many things! I love how you mention the black chokeberries “are the most powerful antioxidants found in nature”, as I have been looking for berries that are bit more health friendly, especially since they contain all the vitamins you mentioned above. I never knew that these were used in cosmetics, as I have had some dryness since moving from a humid climate to a high altitude/dry climate. With that said, I love what you said Chokeberry Seed Oil can do for the skin – I think I am going to give that a shot!

    1. I was also astounded when I started researching chokeberries.  Who would have guessed?  You mention drier skin since changing climates – I also have a post on my site regarding the use of shea butter soaps you may be interested in reading as well.  If you have difficulty finding the chokeberry oil, just PM me and I’ll help you find it!

      All the best!

      SharonRPh

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