MEET THE INDIAN GOOSEBERRY:
This awesome tree- also known as the Malacca tree or Amla tree, is a unique plant that has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries. The plant produces greenish-yellow round, smooth fruit that is bitter, astringent, and sour. If consumed, gooseberries are normally steeped in salt water to improve taste. Amla is utilized in Ayurvedic medicine, with various parts of the plants used including: the leaves, roots, bark, flowers, seeds, and fruit.
It's often used to treat a wide variety of conditions in traditional medicine such as: enhancing digestion, encourage hair growth, reduce coughing, and lower fevers. When it comes to beauty and skincare, the Indian Gooseberry has some great things to offer as well! It can often be found in hair products for it's ability to nourish the scalp and leave it well-hydrated- it's also been used in traditional medicine as a preventive treatment for premature grey hair.
Some research has revealed that the plant has antimicrobial properties to offer and can aid with the signs of aging, acne, and healing of scars. There's recently been some more buzz about the Amla and what it can do- I found an article published in the British Journal of Nutrition about Amla and you can check it out here if want to know more :) Looking for a great skincare product containing Amla? Make sure to see what The Beauty Closet's recommended product of the day is below from Sonage!
THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S RECOMMENDS:
R&R Peptide-Packed Eye Serum
I've really tried the gamut of eye care products out on the market- especially when it comes to those that boast natural and organic ingredients! This eye serum from Sonage contains a powerhouse of awesome compounds like Cucumber Fruit extract, Depeptide-2 [skin conditioning agent that improves circulation and reduces puffiness], and Amla Fruit extract ;)
The unique peach/orange color of the serum is something you may not be used to in an eye serum, but it doesn't cause any irritation and should be okay for those that have sensitive skin. I sometimes have to be careful of this myself, but I didn't have any issues with daily usage of this serum.
I love how smooth and refreshed my tired under-eye area looks immediately after applying this product and I have seen some smoothing of the fine lines around my eyes as well. I love the light & pleasant scent and the easy, quick absorption that accompanies application. This product was also great at reducing my dark circles and works well underneath other skincare products and makeup. I would recommend this one for any skin type.