This is soon going to sound like a blueberry fan club but bear with us. Here, we will deep dive into the properties of blueberries that make them so multifaceted, how they protect our skin and how we can include them in our diet- both ingested and topical.
Blueberries are nature’s powerhouse of antioxidants. Yeah yeah yeah, we know we overuse the term ‘antioxidants’ but let’s dive into what they actually are. Simply put, antioxidants are compounds that protect against the damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that harm skin cells. They break down the skin’s collagen, leading to blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots, and saggy skin. Antioxidants are found dime to a dozen in fruits and vegetables, but luckily for us also in chocolate, coffee, tea and wine! In addition, they aid us by regulating cholesterol, and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, and improving memory. They even fight against ageing, skin cancer and even DNA damage. So the bottom line is that blueberries = good.
Retinoids, which are found in vitamin A, are beneficial to the skin in numerous ways. They prevent breakouts, promote healing, provide natural moisturising and strengthen the skin’s immune system. Vitamin A also reduces and prevents sun damage, in addition to blue light exposure, something we all need shielding from given our obsession/compulsion to be by a screen almost always.
Pro-retinol reduces the appearance of the classic signs of ageing: fine lines and wrinkles. Blueberry extract hydrates and plumps the skin, giving it a youthful and radiant glow. It also protects against UV damage and is less risky to use than normal retinoids as it doesn’t have the redness and risk of peeling.
Blueberries are rich in both anthocyanin and vitamin C, which share the common goals to increase collagen production and defend against UV effects.
Blueberries have been found to reduce acne-related inflammation. By using them topically in the form of a serum or cream one may maximise the benefits by providing the right nutrients to the right areas. These antioxidant anti-inflammatory processes help in combating acne, eczema and psoriasis flares. Being rich in vitamin K and C, it is also good for healing all sorts of stress on the skin, including cuts, dryness or a blemish.
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We are completely sold on blueberries, on eating them and applying them!
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