Blueberries are one of the only food to be thought of as a “super food” and for good reason. They are so jam packed with nutrients that they are one of the most nutritiously dense foods on the planet. In terms of what blueberries can do for your acne there’s a long list.
- They have anti-inflammatory properties helping reduce redness of inflamed skin.
- They are a rich source of vitamin c helping fight free radicals and prevent ageing
- They are rich in dietary fiber helping clear you of toxins built up in your body
- They are a rich source of antioxidants
Overall the effect blueberries can have on your body and skin is fantastic.
Blueberries have made it into the consumer media and even popular advertising campaigns as a healthful fruit to eat. They are filled with antioxidants and are colorful, round and delicious. The V. Myrtillus L. fruit, known as the bilberry, or blueberry, has powerful protective properties that have been known—and utilized—since the Middle Ages, and it has been described in literature since the beginning of the 20th century. Today, blueberries are claimed to be “the most powerful antioxidants of all.”
However, there still is limited awareness of the potential benefits of blueberries to the skin.
Blueberries are rich in fiber as well as vitamins A and C, while low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also a good source of antioxidants, and can be eaten raw, cooked with other foods, or dried for use in tea. No matter what form blueberries take in your diet, their many vitamins and nutrients can be good for your skin. Whether you suffer from acne, broken capillaries or splotchy skin, the nutrients in blueberries will help.
Using Blueberries for Skin Care and How to Make Your Own
Blueberries smooth the skin, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate scars, increase elasticity, fight against blemishes and acne, balance levels of oil in the skin, and help even out skin tone. Besides being great for your skin, blueberries also improve brain function, boost your immunity, help maintain weight and blood sugar levels, and neutralize free radicals.
There are skincare products on the market that use blueberries, but you can also make your own. You’ll save a ton of money and you’ll know exactly what is in your products. You’ll be avoiding harmful, and sometimes hidden, ingredients. The ingredients used in making face and eye masks, lotions and soaps are easy to find in your local health food stores; you can get some at the grocery store.
Many recipes for making your own face masks have minimal ingredients and just need blending together. You can simply take blueberries and add ingredients such as plain yogurt, oats, honey, olive oil, sour cream, aloe vera and lemon juice. If you want a facial scrub you can add salt, sugar or baking soda. Make sure to keep most of these in the refrigerator and not for very long. Most keep up to a week in an air-tight container.
- Plain Yogurt – helps clear off damaged skin.
- Oats – shrink your pores and evens out the texture of your skin.
- Honey – eliminates acne and makes your skin glow.
- Olive Oil – cleans and moisturizes. It is a great makeup remover.
- Sour Cream (not low or non-fat) – helps with acne, wrinkles, and freckles, activates the production of collagen and exfoliates. It has a lot of the same benefits for your skin as blueberries do.
- Aloe Vera – heals, soothes, moisturizes and evens out skin.
- Lemon Juice – not only aids in better skin but it also helps to keep your hair and nails healthy. It can dry out acne, soften skin, get rid of blackheads, even skin tone and help protect against the sun.
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