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The Anti-Aging Benefits of the Rare Nordic Cloudberry on Mature Skin

This Nordic Berry is a Powerhouse in Skincare

The Nordic cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) may be lesser-known than other berries, but it also packs plenty of health and skincare benefits that other berries (even, other natural ingredients in general) can’t deliver. So much so that Eskimos and Sami collect these little juicy fruits for high potency nutrition boosts throughout the winter.

Locating Cloudberries in Arctic Marshlands

Haven’t heard of cloudberries before? Not a surprise. Often regarded as “the healthy gold of the Arctic”, you’re not going to find cloudberries at a typical grocery store or farmers market.
Cloudberries grow in the arctic marshlands, boreal forest, and the coastlines of northern Scandinavia and northwest Russia. Each of these geographies has a climate that is very cold but, even at temperatures of up to -40 degrees Celsius, cloudberries can survive and thrive.

Uncovering the Anti-Aging Benefits of Cloudberries on Mature Skin

Cloudberries are rich with nutrients, phenols, and antioxidants that grant them recognition as one of the most potent botanical anti-aging ingredients today. Extremely bitter to taste, these Nordic berries are much better suited for topical application. The antioxidants and vitamins they contain help protect the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and lock in moisture to leave skin hydrated, plump, and supple.
Below we highlight some of the primary benefits of using cloudberries in skincare (and a few of the reasons why we chose to use them in Stråla One: Swedish Rapid Rejuvenation Luxury Cream).

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1. Cloudberries are packed with anti-aging vitamins

Cloudberries are a rich source of the skin beautifying vitamins A, C, and E. They are also highly effective in scavenging for free radicals and show significant antioxidant activity. Let’s dive deeper.

Cloudberries contain four times more Vitamin C than an orange. Why is that important? Vitamin C is an antioxidant that stimulates the production of collagen, which is a skin protein that promotes the renewal of skin cells. Vitamin C in cloudberries helps to diminish fine lines, smooth rough skin texture, and balance skin tone.

The Vitamin E in cloudberries hydrate the skin to keep it soft, plump, and supple. Vitamin E is deeply hydrating and helps maintain moisture levels even sub-freezing temperatures.

Cloudberries also contain high levels of beta-carotene, which stimulates the production of Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to firm the skin and protect it from free radicals. Remember that Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, so Cloudberries work synergistically with Retinol Palmitate and HPR (both in Stråla One).

These vitamins (amongst others) in cloudberries can help your skin achieve a radiant glow.

2. Cloudberries are a great source of Ellagic Acid

Ellagic Acid is a superstar component of cloudberries. When processed into oil for skincare, cloudberries produce a high amount of Ellagic Acid. Ellagic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to reduce wrinkles and inflammation. This polyphenol also helps prevent collagen from being broken down and can even help reduce inflammation caused by exposure to UV rays.

This cloudberry component also protects against oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals and helping to decrease overall free radical production. Hands down, Ellagic Acid is a wonderful skin protectant.

 

3. Cloudberries contain high levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Many may think of salmon or fish oils when pondering Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, but little known is that cloudberries are actually a great source of these fatty acids as well.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids are critical components of plump, soft, and hydrated skin. Together, they are known to strengthen and smooth skin, while delivering a healthier complexion and helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines on the face, neck, and hands. Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids have a natural affinity for skin and are especially beneficial when combined with other powerful skincare ingredients such as the Ceramides used in Stråla One.

4. Cloudberries contain high concentrations of Iron

Cloudberries are also high in Iron. This is more important when Cloudberries are consumed versus when they are applied topically, but still important for helping skin radiate nonetheless. When eaten (usually in a cloudberry preserve in Sweden), these golden little berries help boost blood circulation with their high concentration of Iron.

As you may be familiar, anemia caused by iron deficiency leads to pale skin and dark circles under eyes. Without enough iron, your body does not produce enough hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to red blood cells throughout your body. And the lack of oxygen reaching red blood cells causes skin to look pale. However, a balanced diet rich in iron or supplemented with Cloudberries can help produce glowing and radiant skin.

Finally, the Secret Scandinavian Skincare Ingredient is Out: Cloudberries!

We discussed the many anti-aging benefits of Cloudberries including fighting free radicals, promoting cell life, smoothing and balancing skin tone, and diminishing fine lines. From vitamins and antioxidants to fatty acids and iron, this rare Nordic berry is truly a super-ingredient when used in anti-aging skincare.

Nicole Winter

Stråla Founder

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