If you’re someone who pays attention to the ingredients in your skin care products, you’ve probably noticed camu camu on the list more than once. Read on to find out how this superfood can benefit your skin and if it’s right for your skin type.
What is Camu Camu?
Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a fruit tree found in the Amazon rainforest that grows cherry-like berries that are jam-packed with all kinds of powerful antioxidants — most importantly, vitamin C. According to Dr. Lucy Glancey, founder of aesthetic and cosmetic surgery Dr. Glancey Clinics, camu camu berries contain over 30 times the amount of vitamin C than oranges and other citrus fruits! And this is exactly why skin care brands are incorporating this high powered ingredient into their products.
The Benefits of Camu Camu
Vitamin C needs no introduction. Arguably one of the most popular skin care ingredients of the last decade, “it stimulates the synthesis of new collagen production and as a result, minimizes the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines,” Dr. Glancey tells The Klog. So when camu camu is used topically, you can only imagine how good the results must be.
But camu camu does so much more than fight signs of aging. According to skin specialist and founder of the London Premier Laser and Skin Clinic, Lucy Xu, camu camu also contains niacin, which helps reduce pigmentation and brighten skin. “Because it is high in both vitamin C and niacin it has a good effect on melanin producing cells,” she explains.
Better still, it’s full of flavonoid antioxidants including ellagic acids and anthocyanins, says Xu, which “work to prevent any cell damage from harmful environmental factors such as pollution, pollen and, of course, UV damage.” It also carries beta-carotene, a derivative of vitamin A, which helps protect skin from free radicals (so you can say goodbye to dry, itchy and inflamed skin for good).
Lastly, camu camu is believed to be an antibacterial. “Although it’s not an acne cure, [when used in the right type of product] it will help with unblocking pores and exfoliating the skin,” Dr. Glancy reveals.
What Kind of Skin Types Benefit From Camu Camu?
Camu Camu is suitable for all skin types. “In rare cases, people who have hypersensitive skin may suffer from minor irritation,” Dr. Glancey admits, “but it’s really dependent on what type of product you’re purchasing.”
In order to reap the benefits, look at what else camu camu has been paired with. Good (Skin) Days™ C’s The Day Serum, for example, is formulated with 10% pure vitamin C, camu camu, mushroom extract, and ginseng. Each ingredient complements the other, working to give you a more radiant, even complexion.
Remember, any skin product trying to do too many things with too many ingredients, is probably not doing too much at all.
The Bottom Line
While you can eat camu camu, founder of Radiant Glow Botanical, Biodun Olusesan, doesn’t recommend it as there’s no scientific evidence that shows doing so will benefit your skin in the same way as applying it topically.
But like so many skin care ingredients, you can’t expect to see the benefits of camu camu overnight. So once you’ve found a camu camu product that’s right for you, be sure to stick with it for at least a month or two to see how much of a difference it can really make.