When it comes to natural skincare ingredients, the amla berry (otherwise known as Indian gooseberry) is an all-around superstar. Celebrated in Ayurvedic medicine—a system of natural healing originating in India—Indian gooseberry is often taken as a supplement thanks to its high vitamin C content and unique ability to enhance food absorption. Amazingly, it’s also been found to be incredibly beneficial when applied topically in skincare. Here, we break down three reasons why Indian gooseberry is a skincare ingredient you shouldn't sleep on.
Amla berry is a potent source of naturally stabilized Vitamin C
You’ve probably heard how vital vitamin C is in a skincare routine if you’re looking for radiant, even skin. Vitamin C brightens your complexion, helps fade hyperpigmentation, and even protects your skin from the damaging effects of age and pollution. Indian gooseberry is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C in the world, containing up to 20 times the amount vitamin C than an orange. Unlike synthetic vitamin C, Indian gooseberry extract also includes phytonutrients that many believe make it more bioavailable. The vitamin C in Indian gooseberry is bonded with tannins, which protects it from being destroyed by heat or light, meaning it stays effective for longer.
Indian gooseberry has been proven to promote collagen production
In 2008, a Japanese study found that amla berry extract helped stimulate pro-collagen (a precursor to collagen in the skin) when applied to the skin. Another study found that it protected the skin against collagen damage when exposed to UV rays. Basically, it’s an anti-aging powerhouse!
Indian gooseberry is a powerful antioxidant
Amla berry’s incredibly high antioxidant abilities make it a true superfruit. In skincare, we talk about antioxidants a lot, and for good reason. Antioxidants hold the key to youthful skin and are crucial for maintaining the health of aging skin. They protect your skin from free radicals—volatile molecules that disrupt collagen and cause things like wrinkles and sun spots. Regular use of antioxidant-rich serums like our Firming Serum (which has amla berry extract in it along with other potent antioxidants) has been shown to prevent DNA damage over time.
How to use Indian gooseberry for your skin
Both the Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser and Firming Serum contain Indian gooseberry extract to help boost your skin’s radiance and even your complexion. For the most powerful effects, we recommend using both in tandem for your day and night routine.