Why try Blueberry skin care? While it's no surprise that blueberries are one of our favorite fruits—they just happen to be one of the healthiest as well. Blueberries contain some of the highest antioxidant levels found in all fruits and vegetables, and they've been known to greatly improve the cardiovascular system, increase cognitive function, and regulate blood sugar. In addition to your handful-a-day, blueberries can also be an effective topical skin care ingredient (Yes To created an entire blueberry line from the stuff!). In peak season May through October, it's the perfect time to experiment with some DIY blueberry skin care. Try these three blueberry skin care recipes after your next trip to the market.
Nourishing Blueberry Facial Mask
1/4 Cup Raw Blueberries (better if they're organic and slightly ripe)
1 Tablespoom Raw Organic Honey
1 Tablespoon Olive or Grapeseed Oil
Mash all the ingredients together or use a blender and to mix well. Apply a 1/4" thick layer all over the face (excluding eyes and mouth). Leave the mask on for five to ten minutes, then wash off with a damp cloth.
Blueberry & Yogurt Skin Treatment
10 Blueberries (raw)
1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt
This treatment both gently exfoliates and repairs summer skin. The lactic acid in yogurt helps slough off damaged layers of the epidermis, while the antioxidants in blueberries hydrate and repair the upper levels of the skin. Mash the blueberries together with a spoon, food processor, or blender, then mix in your Greek yogurt. Spread this mask all over the face and let it sink in for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and towel dry.
Blueberry Aloe Eye Mask
Handful of Blueberries
2 Tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel
Cold blueberries feel amazing on the skin and make a great under eye treatment during hot summer days. In a small bowl, mash a handful of cold blueberries (if yours are room temperature, chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes). Then, add aloe vera gel (fresh is best but you can also buy the gel at your local health food store) and dab your mixture delicately under the eyes. Take a 20 minute break from whatever you're doing and lie down with your cooling eye mask—smell the fresh summer air, listen to your mp3 player, or simply sleep! Remove with lukewarm water and your eyes should look brighter and feel refreshed.