We all know that berries are good for our health. They may be small, but each of those juicy little goodies is packed with a wide range of vitamins and antioxidants that nourish the body from within.
But how about if you used those berries topically too?
Chances are, you already own a few skin care products that contain berry-derived ingredients. Berries are becoming increasingly popular in the skin care world, and rightly so.
Wondering which berries are best when it comes to your skin?
Here are nine that your skin will love…
Blueberries are known for being a superfood, and this is all down to the antioxidants within them.
It is believed that blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels out of all of the common fruits and vegetables available.
Why are antioxidants so important?
Well, your skin is pretty much under constant attack from free radicals. These are unstable molecules that form in the body for a number of reasons, such as:
- Air pollutants
- Certain chemicals
- Sun exposure
While limiting your exposure to the above can help to reduce the number of free radicals in your body, avoiding them completely is near-impossible. Once there, those free radicals cause serious damage to your skin cells – they break down protein fibers, alter cell DNA, and, in some cases, completely destroy skin cells.
The only way to really counter this is with the use of antioxidants, and just one cup of wild blueberries can contain up to 13,427 antioxidants.
Blueberries are also known for containing high levels of salicylates.
If you suffer from acne, then salicylic acid is probably an ingredient you have used before, and salicylates are the salt form of this.
This means that blueberries used topically can:
- Unclog pores
- Clear away dead skin cells
- Help to destroy acne-causing bacteria
Goji berries are another superfood, but are one that people have only recently started to become aware of.
The rise in popularity of the goji berry is down to how much it can really boost a person’s health. In fact, the county of Zhongning in China is where the majority of the world’s goji berries are grown, and there are 16 times more people over the age of 100 here than anywhere else in the world.
Just like blueberries, goji berries are packed with antioxidants, although the goji berry contains even more.
They are also a fantastic source of amino acids, which provide the building blocks for your skin to build more collagen and elastin fibers – the proteins that keep it looking firm, smooth, and tight. Amino acids also play a key role in skin hydration, and with goji berries containing 18 amino acids, they can do so much in helping your skin to stay moisturized.
Not only that, but goji berries also increase how well other hydrating skin care ingredients work, helping to carry all of that extra moisture deeper into your skin.
Those who are guilty of spending too much time in the sun will also love the goji berry…
Not only can goji berries help to protect against UV damage, but they can also repair damage that has already been caused, reducing the dark spots that arise because of this at the same time.
Cloudberries are probably a fruit that you’ve never heard of before, unless you happen to be familiar with Nordic, Arctic countries.
The tiny, golden-red cloudberries only grow in very cold parts of the world – it’s a mixture of sweet and tart when eaten, along with a high juice content.
So, what’s so great about cloudberries when it comes to your skin?
It’s all down to their nutritional composition…
For starters, cloudberries are a fantastic natural source of beta-carotene. Once in your body, this antioxidant is converted into vitamin A, which is known for being one of the most powerful vitamins in skin care.
Vitamin A is even more powerful when combined with vitamin C, something else that you will find in high amounts in cloudberries. Vitamin E is present too, and the three work together to boost collagen production and protect the skin from environmental damage.
Just like many of the other berries on this list, cloudberries offer up both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, making them fantastic for increasing skin hydration levels.
However, unlike many of the berries on this list, cloudberries also contain a very special nutrient called ellagic acid. Studies show that this compound is capable of preventing inflammation in the skin, while also protecting collagen fibers from degradation. This is key when it comes to maintaining the skin’s smooth and youthful appearance.
Surprisingly, cloudberries are also a good source of iron.
This mineral is something that many are lacking, and a deficiency can lead to the skin taking on a dull and tired look.
When the iron from cloudberries enters into the skin, it stimulates blood circulation, immediately giving the skin a radiant and healthy glow.
You may have noticed raspberry seed oil appearing in more and more skin care products, and there’s a reason for this…
The sun is one of the skin’s biggest enemies. Not only does it dramatically accelerate the skin aging process, but it also leads to dark spots, a dull complexion, and, of course, skin cancer.
Any natural ingredient that helps to prevent sun damage is a winner, which is exactly why raspberries have been growing in popularity in the skin care world. Raspberry seed oil has been shown to absorb UVB and UVC rays, while also offering a small amount of protection against UVA rays.
In addition to this, raspberry seed oil is:
- Packed with antioxidants
- Full of essential fatty acids that calm inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Non-comedogenic, so can be used by people with oily skin, without the risk of it clogging up pores
- A good source of phytosterosis, which boosts skin moisture levels
- A natural source of linoleic acid, which rebalances the skin’s oil production to reduce acne breakouts
Whether you suffer from acne, fine lines, sun damage, dryness, inflammation, or just about anything else, chances are that raspberry seed oil can help.
One thing to keep in mind when looking for raspberries in skin care products…
Raspberry seed oil is what you want – don’t confuse this with raspberry essential oil. The latter is mostly used for aromatherapy purposes, and doesn’t contain the same potent compounds as raspberry seed oil.
While blackberries originate from Europe, they are now being grown all over the world, purely because they provide such a health boost when consumed.
However, use them topically and your skin will be able to directly benefit from all of the powers that blackberries possess…
For starters, blackberries are an amazing source of nutrients, some of which include:
- Vitamins C and K
Current research shows that blackberries have the potential to protect the skin from UVB damage, while its phenolic acids can help to treat a wide range of different skin concerns, including the visible signs of aging and hyperpigmentation.
The anthocyanins in blackberries are powerful anti-inflammatories. The way in which they decrease inflammation in skin cells means that they can be used to treat a variety of inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
Increased skin cell regeneration is another benefit that blackberries bring, with this natural process being something that slows down with age.
Lingonberries are a common sight in Nordic countries. This part of the world is known for being quite harsh when it comes to its weather, meaning that only the strongest plants survive.
The same compounds that allow lingonberries to thrive even through temperature extremes are also what make this berry fantastic for the skin.
Often referred to as “red gold, lingonberries are extremely nutritious, containing high levels of:
- Vitamins C and E
They are also a good source of fruit acids. This is what makes the lingonberry taste quite tart when you bite into one, but those same acids also work as a natural exfoliant. In addition to clearing away dead skin cells and unclogging the pores, lingonberries also stimulate skin cell turnover and regeneration, leaving you with a clearer and brighter complexion in the long run.
Sea Buckthorn Berries
Sea buckthorn is a spiky shrub that many have never heard of. The reason for this is because the berries aren’t very palatable raw, but if you cook them up or use them on your skin, you will be exposed to some truly powerful compounds.
These small orange berries are packed with omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, as well as omega-7, making this an incredible ingredient for healing and repairing damaged skin. It can significantly boost skin moisture, helping to transform dry and aging skin.
You will find 190 nutrients and phytonutrients in total in sea buckthorn berries, making this another berry that is considered to be a superfood. Beta-carotene and vitamin C can be found in high amounts, but the vitamin E content of sea buckthorn really stands out – it contains more vitamin E than any of the other plant-based oils that have been studied.
The anti-inflammatory properties of sea buckthorn mean that it can be used to treat a range of skin conditions, and is safe to be used by those who have sensitive skin.
Sea buckthorn will usually appear in skin care products as either a fruit oil or a seed oil. Both are extremely beneficial and will bring you all of the advantages mentioned above. Don’t worry about the oil leaving your skin feeling greasy either – it quickly absorbs into the skin, and you really won’t feel it there after you have applied it.
Cranberries have been valued as an important medicinal ingredient for centuries, but they are now also making their way into more and more skin care products.
Well, for starters, it’s packed with essential fatty acids. Unlike many other ingredients, it contains a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, meaning that your skin can immediately put those compounds to good use.
It also contains multiple forms of vitamin E, a powerful anti-aging antioxidant, along with a range of other potent antioxidants.
Cranberries are also a good source of vitamins, particularly vitamins A, C, E, and K. Combined, this can help the skin in a variety of ways, such as:
- Improving tightness and elasticity
- Firming and smoothing the skin
- Reducing pigmentation and brightening the complexion
- Boosting long-term skin hydration
- Soothing sensitivities and inflammation
A favorite in Instagram smoothie bowls, acai berries are known for their dense nutrient content, as well as their vivid purple color.
This distinct color comes from plant chemicals known as anthocyanins. When used on the skin, the anthocyanins acts as a potent antioxidant, protecting the skin from environmental damage.
The antioxidants in acai berry have given it the reputation of being an amazing anti-aging ingredient, and this is helped its fatty acid content, which increases skin moisture levels to keep the skin looking plump, smooth, and soft.
Acai berry is available in a number of different forms in skin care products – you will often see acai fruit powder on an ingredient list. However, you need to look for acai berry extract or acai berry seed oil instead – this is the form of the ingredient that is the most powerful, simply because the processing method allows it to retain all of its skin-boosting compounds.
With more and more people now looking for skin care products that have an ingredient list dominated by natural ingredients, berries are becoming very popular additions. The best thing about berry extracts and oils is that most of them benefit every skin type, meaning that everyone can safely take advantage of their powerful compounds.