Arctic Cloudberry is an especially hardy berry that grows in the bogs and forests of Finland, Newfoundland, and Sweden. The harsh climate is challenging to any plant and scientists have found that those that do survive have super high levels of antioxidants. Its really impressive that Arctic Cloudberry has 2X the vitamin C found in oranges. Since studies like NHANES have shown that people have diets high in natural vitamin C have less wrinkles, this is certainly interesting for an anti-aging ingredient. But wait there’s more. Arctic Cloudberry also has vitamin A, vitamin E, Omega 6, Omega 3, citric acid, and disease fighting polyphenols like anthocyanins, quercetin and ellagic acid. Impressive! Some researchers have reported that Arctic Cloudberry can fight oxidative damage and strengthen the skin.
Adding Arctic Cloudberry to Your Skin Care Routine
The antioxidant profile of arctic cloudberry has certainly attracted skin care practioners. Its looks great in theory, but the challenge is to get these health benefits into a skin care routinue. Fresh berries cannot be mixed into a commercial cleanser or moisturizer, so they need to be heavily processed. Its well known that heat and alcohol damage antioxidants and its doubtful that the arctic cloudberry health benefits would remain in an extract. Even if some of them are still active, there is the question of how much are actually present in a product or even what concentration is needed to be effective.
The best way to get the antioxidant benefits of arctic cloudberries is to mash up fresh berries and add them to a homemade treatment like an egg or oatmeal mask. But fresh arctic cloudberries are only available in their natural environments ( eg Newfoundland or Finland). For the rest of the world the best source of these antioxidant-packed berries is in the form of thick golden jams which are available on Amazon. ( Eat them on toast, rather than a mask) Fortuneatly the individual antioxidants like quercetin and ellegic acid are available in a wide range of products. You can also find them in capsules in health food stores and can add them to boost the value of inexpensive skin care products.