Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that help in improving the health of your skin from inside and out. Apart from being delicious, they are also used in a variety of face masks as they can help improve the complexion of our skin. They take care of many skin issues. Here are a few reasons why the blueberry face mask is fit for you.
1) Tackle premature ageing- Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which are natural compounds that help fight cell-damaging free radicals. In particular, they’re high in plant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have strong antioxidant properties and give blueberries their natural purple-blue hue. As you age, your body’s ability to fight off free radicals declines. This leads to higher free radical levels, which can wreak havoc on your cells, especially your skin cells.
2) Effectively Boost Collagen- Blueberries are high in anthocyanin, which may support collagen synthesis. In a few skin sample studies, applying anthocyanin from berries to the skin reduced collagen breakdown and increased overall collagen production. In another study, rats fed a diet high in blueberries had greater collagen production in their bones.
3) Support wound healing and spot removal- If you have a cut, minor burn, or blemish, applying blueberries blessed products may help it heal. When the skin is damaged, it experiences acute inflammation and oxidative stress, which is when free radicals outnumber antioxidants. The high antioxidant content of blueberries can help fight free radicals, potentially helping speed the healing process. However, never apply blueberries or other foods directly to open cuts or burns, as this can lead to a bacterial infection.
4) May reduce acne-related inflammation- Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition resulting from blocked pores, leading to skin discolouration and/or redness, swelling, and inflamed bumps called pustules, which are also known as pimples. Naturally sweet and a good source of fibre, blueberries are a source of low glycemic carbs, which are linked to lower acne-related inflammation. Alternatively, a high glycemic diet is associated with higher rates of acne. While no direct research connects blueberries to acne reduction, a diet high in antioxidants and fibre both of which are found in high amounts in blueberries is associated with decreased inflammation and may reduce acne-related swelling and skin discolouration.
5) Help with psoriasis and eczema- Psoriasis and eczema are both inflammatory conditions of the skin that present as discoloured, itchy patches. Notably, people with these conditions have also been found to have lower antioxidant levels. Although more research is needed, an antioxidant-rich diet is believed to play a role in reducing psoriasis and eczema flare-ups by lowering oxidative stress. Fortunately, blueberries are mostly available year-round, making it easy to get antioxidants into your diet.
When skin is damaged, it experiences high levels of free radicals. Eating blueberries can support wound healing due to their high levels of antioxidants and vitamins C and K. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, fibre, and nutrients.
Fun Fact: Blueberries and Lavender together may support your skin’s ability to fight inflammation related to acne, psoriasis, eczema, and premature ageing.