Why You Should Be Using Berries In Your Beauty Routine—Plus 5 Natural Products To Try

There are some amazing natural benefits of incorporating berries into your daily natural beauty routine.

October 26, 2017
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It’s no secret that berries are important for good health: they can reduce cholesterol, help prevent diabetes and cancer, and are great sources of immunity-boosting vitamin C. And beauty companies are finding that the same nutrients making our bodies run better can also make our skin glow—no berry pie or smoothie required.

Many beauty products use toxic chemicals to ease wrinkles, sun damage, and age spots, but natural product companies are using berries to get the job done instead. Ido Leffler, cofounder of the Yes To brand, lauds the use of berries. “Berries are inherently full of nutrient-rich building blocks such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavanoids, carotenoids, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals,” he says.

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“It’s these components of berries that are known to be beneficial to the skin, most often used for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Plus they smell delicious.” Karen Behnke, founding partner of Juice Beauty, points out another bonus of berries: “They provide rich colors for our lipsticks, lip glosses, and cheek colors.” Plus, Krysia Boinis, cofounder and CEO of Vapour Organic Beauty, puts it simply: “Berries beautify skin.” 

Below, find some great information on all the nutrient goodness in berries, our 3 DIY berry beauty recipes, plus a few recommendations for natural beauty products. 

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The good stuff you'll find in berries

+ Anthocyanin: The pigment responsible for the deep red, purple, and blue colors in many plants, including berries. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps mitigate damage from free radicals on the skin. It's found in blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

+ Ellagic acid: An antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and hinders the formation of an enzyme that breaks down elastin and collagen in the skin. (Here's more on what you need to know about collagen supplements.) This combination creates a one–two punch against wrinkles. It's found in blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

 

+ Essential fatty acids. A crucial element for general health, they can improve skin’s hydration and smoothness, and reduce inflammation. It's found in acai berries, and the seed oils of blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries.

+ Vitamin C: A strong antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals. It hydrates the skin and increases collagen and elastin levels. It's found in blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, goji berries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Related: 9 Foods With More Vitamin C Than An Orange

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3 DIY Natural Berry Beauty Recipes 

If you’re strapped for time or cash, you don’t have to go to the department store for berry beauty. Try these three DIY treatments to get the great skin benefits of berries at home. Just be sure to use organic ingredients.

Simple raspbery anti-aging mask
Mash up a handful of raspberries with a spoonful of honey and apply the mask to clean skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

 

Cranberry face scrub
In a bowl, blend ¼ cup cornmeal, 2 tablespoons freshly crushed cranberries, 1 tablespoon buttermilk, and 2 teaspoons honey with a fork. Massage onto your face and neck for 2 or 3 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Apply to clean, damp skin once or twice a week.

Three-berry antioxidant hand and foot mask
Mix ¾ cup each of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries with ½ cup kefir in a blender. Apply to your hands and feet. Wash off after 10 to 15 minutes.

Want another DIY recipe? Watch the video below to learn how to make an exfoliating sugar scrub. 

Related: Why Honey Is So Good For Your Skin—And 10 Amazing Honey Beauty Products To Try

Recommended Berry Beauty Products

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Lipstick: Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick
This natural 8-hour wear lipstick is gorgeous and sophisticated, and created from moringa and raspberry seed oils. 
Buy it: $8, Amazon.com

Lip shimmer: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer
Choose from 12 different shades that all use strawberry seed oil to smooth lips, and elderberry seed oil to soften and moisturize.
Buy it: $5 on Amazon.com

Face oil: Yes to Blueberries Face and Neck Oil
This natural botanically-derived oil will help to tone, moisturize, and soften facial features. 
Buy it: $13, Amazon.com

Color Corrector (CC Cream)Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin CC Cream
This smooth facial cream is infused with acai for hydration, and has a slew of other healing organic ingredients. 
Buy it: $9, Amazon.com

Primer: Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Skin Perfecting Primer 
The smooth cream stick reflects light to make skin look flawless. Elderberries help to power this moisturizer, primer, and foundation in one.
Buy it: $45, Amazon.com