It’s no secret that berries are important for good health. They reduce cholesterol, help prevent diabetes and cancer, and are great sources of immunity-boosting vitamin C. Berries are also inherently full of nutrient-rich building blocks such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavanoids, carotenoids, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Berries are thus really good for the skin, and most often used for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Plus, we can’t deny that they smell delicious!
Here’s a list of our Top 5 Berries for this week!
Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which help eliminate dead skin cells with every cleanse.
Strawberries also contain salicylic acid and ellagic acid, which are known for reducing hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Salicylic acid is also known for removing dead cells from the skin and tightening the skin pores to prevent further acne breakouts. An excellent source of vitamin C, they also keep skin bright and healthy.
The key to healthier skin lies in overall good health. It has been proven that consumption of blueberries helps with several skin conditions. Topical application has also been touted as a cure for damaged or acne-prone skin. Using a blueberries mask with once a week can significantly reduce skin damage.
As A Mask: Crush steamed blueberries and combine with 3 tablespoons of yoghurt in a blender. Apply the mask and keep on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Red raspberries contain anthocyanins, the nutrients which are essential for maintaining a youthful and beautiful complexion. Raspberries’ leaves are known for their skin-tightening properties. It also has astringent properties for toning the skin, and work like magic on wrinkles too! The antioxidant powers of vitamin C effectively reduce the age spots and discoloration.
As A Mask: Mix 1 cup of plain yoghurt and 2 cups of fresh raspberries, then blend the mixture until completely smooth. Apply the mixture to your face and keep on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Being acidic in nature, cranberry juice is perfect for the treatment of oily skin, thus preventing the formation of sebum.
As An Exfoliator and Mask: Create a mixture of cranberry juice, grounded oatmeal, a quarter cup of sugar and olive oil. Apply this natural exfoliator on oily skin, rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. You can also mix the juice with honey to create a mask. Leave on for 20 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water. This acts as an excellent toner on the skin.
Anthocyanocides and polyphenols are two antioxidants found in abundance in blackberries. These help stimulate collagen production and protects the skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays while aiding in skin cell renewal.
Blackberries are comprised of more than 85% water with an abundant dose of fibre. Eating blackberries helps with detoxification and maintains the the skin’s elasticity.
As A Mask: Crush and mix juice with a teaspoon of honey. Apply onto face and neck. Wash off once dry.