Modern skincare practices have begun to swing back to naturally derived ingredients. It’s no longer unusual to look at the back of a moisturiser and see some of the ingredients you popped into your smoothie this morning. In particular, berries have found a renaissance within skincare treatments. But why should you think about adding them to your daily routine?
Much like most good skincare practices, it comes down to science. We can now help our skin regenerate and repair from the naturally occurring signs of ageing. Antioxidants are the key to making this happen and berries are absolutely full of them. Although we don’t recommend rubbing them directly on your face unless you like a very rosy glow! Both consuming and applying berries can help prevent the damage caused by oxidation. It can even undo some of the damage already done over the years.
As a rule of thumb, the darker the berry, the stronger the antioxidants. Blackberries also contain vitamin C, anthocyanins, vitamin K and vitamin A.
Blackberry extract has been shown to protect skin from UVB damage through antioxidant activity. The nthocyanins in blackberries also work to protect the keratinocytes from UV damage. On top of all this, the vitamin C in blackberries promotes collagen production and helps to decrease the chance of dry skin.
Raspberry extract is rich in ellagic acid, which has been shown to help prevent collagen destruction and inflammation following continued exposure to UVB. Raspberries also contain tiliroside, which reduces melanin production. This can help lighten, brighten and even out the colour of your complexion.
Did you know that kiwifruit is a rather large berry too?
Kiwifruit is a tremendous anti-ageing skincare ingredient. The main factor is its high vitamin E content which aids in the regeneration of new skin cells. Additionally, its Omega 3 properties are effective in combatting UV damage to the skin.
The anti-inflammatory properties of kiwifruit can aid in calming down sensitive skin and even acne. With its vitamin c and amino acids, kiwifruit also has a beneficial cooling effect, it can help control excess sebum production. Great for those of us with oily skin!