It is common knowledge that the consumption of berries and other fruits work wonders for your general health and wellbeing. But it is less well known that topical application of certain berries to the skin can reap the same benefits, due to their vast amounts of vitamins and antioxidants.
This large amount of antioxidants are commonly referred to as phenolics or polyphenols, which are present within most berries to help it withstand environmental stresses in the wild - they can do this for your skin too.
So, which berries can aid in providing you with a healthy body and skin?
Going back to antioxidants, blueberries carry an abundance of these compounds, making them a high contender in fighting skin damage and premature ageing. This is due to the antioxidants helping to fight cell-damaging free radicals which can cause wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Alongside healing and brightening properties from high Vitamin C contents, the consumption of blueberries is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease as it provides better heart health and circulation.
Again, strawberries contain these antioxidants which are also known as polyphenols. Alongside this, they also contain vitamins and minerals such as potassium, manganese, folate and Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is commonly associated with wound healing due to its role in collagen formation. Due to its wound-healing properties, it is also possible for strawberries to be able to reduce some of the inflammation commonly associated with acne.
A 2017 study found that strawberry-based formulations can also prevent UVA exposure-induced skin diseases and skin damage.
When applying raspberry extract topically, it is said to protect the skin against damage due to it's antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Acai Berries
Native to rainforests of South America, acai berries are a grape-like fruit harvested from acai palm trees. They are known as a superfood for good reason, due to their high antioxidant and fibre content.
Known for its wound-healing properties, research has shown the fruit is rich in flavonoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins, all potent antioxidants. Other nutrients include vitamins C and E, which reap the same amazing benefits as mentioned above.
Related to and resembling the blueberry, the bilberry has the same high level of antioxidant properties, which protects and nourishes our skin cells. They are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to support healthy circulation.
When applied topically it has also been associated with brightening and conditioning effects. Research has also found that topical application of bilberry has been found to accelerate the process of healing skin wounds.
Berries are great for you when both consumed and applied topically. In skincare, search for products such as serums or masks with berries in the ingredients list to reap some of the amazing benefits mentioned above. Alternatively, consume berries in their natural state or throw them into a smoothie to make up your 5-a-day.