Blueberries (Cyanococcus) are delicious blue colored berries that grow on the shrub of the same name. Botanically speaking, they belong to genus Vaccinium. These delicious berries are native to North America but are now grown in many parts of the world. Blueberries are a good source of a number of vitamins,minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids,phytochemicals, carotenoids etc. and the presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for our health. However, it should be noted that benefits of blueberries are not just limited to health as there are also some beauty benefits of blueberries for our skin and hair. In this article, we will know about those beauty benefits in detail.
Beauty Benefits Of Blueberries
Beauty Benefits Of Blueberries For Skin
(1) Heals Damaged Skin Cells
Dirt, impurities, pollutants, environmental factors, free radicals and other factors may damage our skin cells and tissues. Strawberries are a good source of a number of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins,minerals etc. and the presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for healing damaged skin cells and tissues. For this, enjoy blueberries on a regular ( but in moderate quantity ) basis.
(2) Keeps Premature Ageing At Bay
Strawberries are a very good source of number of antioxidants (like Vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E), antioxidant compounds ( like anthocyanins, ellagic acid), flavonoids, carotenoids ( like lutein, zeaxanthin etc.) etc. and presence of these compounds make them very suitable for providing relief from wrinkles,fine lines, dark spots, age spots, blemishes and other signs of premature ageing.
These antioxidants and related compounds fights with the free radicals of our body ( that get formed during oxidation ) , stabilizes them and prevents our body from oxidative damage and thus keeps premature aging at bay. By reducing fine line, wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging, it makes us look younger for a long time.
To enjoy anti-aging benefits of blueberries, consume blueberries on a regular basis. Alternatively, topical application of blueberries can also help in keeping premature aging at bay.
For this, blend some blueberries, olive oil, crushed oats, fuller’s earth and honey together, to form a thick paste. Now, apply this paste on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water. This will not only keep premature aging at bay but will also help in making your skin soft and younger.
(3) Heals Broken Capillaries ( Spider Veins)
Consuming blueberries on a regular basis is very effective for healing broken capillaries as it strengthens the blood vessels and capillaries beneath the dermal layer. Broken capillaries are not dangerous but they are unsightly and takes a long time to heal.
These can be identified by the splotchy appearance of the skin which is caused due to the weakening of blood vessels beneath the dermal layer of skin. When these blood vessels get weekend then thin white lines start appearing on the skin surface and are known as broken capillaries ( or spider veins). So, if you are seeing any symptoms of spider veins then it’s time to include blueberries in your diet.
(4) Aids In Treatment of Acne
Acne is a common skin problem that affects millions of people all over the world.Till date, there is no way to prevent it but it can be treated. Although can be caused by many factors but the most common factor is clogging of our skin pores by dirt, impurities, excess oil, pollutants etc. When our skin pores get clogged then it becomes difficult for our skin to get rid of the toxins and this gives rise to pimples (acne) and other skin problem.
Strawberries are a good source of a number of vitamins,minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other compounds and this makes them very beneficial for treating acne. The antioxidants present in blueberries fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus prevents our skin from oxidative damage. Blueberries are also effective for removing toxins from our body and skin, and thus prevents our skin pores from getting clogged. Vitamin C and Vitamin A present in blueberries help in controlling excess oil and this also helps in the treatment of acne.
Although consumption of blueberries is effective for acne control but topical application of blueberries is also beneficial. For this, mash some blueberries, little turmeric powder and 3-4 drops of lemon juice together to form a thick paste. Now, apply this paste on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water. This will not only help in acne treatment but will prevent our skin from other skin diseases.
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(5) Wonderful Skin Toner
Blueberries are loaded with vitamins,minerals,antioxidants,phytochemicals, flavonoids etc. and is a natural skin toner. It is very effective to tone our skin properly which provides a lot of benefits like maintains pH balance, removal of toxins from our skin, shrinking and tightening of skin pores, providing nourishment and hydration to our skin, reducing the acne risk ( source).
For using blueberries for skin toning, mix steamed blueberries and crushed blueberries together and add plain yogurt to it. Now, blend this mixture to form a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your skin,leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Regular use will make your skin toned properly and will also improve skin firmness.
(6) Removes Dead And Dry Skin Cells
Blueberries are beneficial not only for improving our skin tone but also for removing dead and dry cells from skin. This wonderful fruit can be used as an excellent natural scrub. To get rid of dry and dead skin cells, make a blueberry scrub by using mashing blueberry pulp, yogurt, and oatmeal together. This scrub will rejuvenate your skin by bidding goodbye to dead and dry skin cells.
(7) Get Rid Of Under Eyes Dark Circles
Tired of dark circles under your eyes ( or around your eyes) ? If yes, then there is no need to worry as blueberries are effective for providing relief from dark circles too. To get rid of dark circles, crush some blueberries and add aloe vera gel to it, to make a mask . Gently apply this paste under your eyes and leave it for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes, carefully remove the paste from your eyes ( skin under your eyes) using lukewarm water. Blueberries are beneficial for our eyes not only for removing dark circles but also for preventing our eyes from oxidative damage, reduces the risk of macular degeneration and keep our eyes healthy.
(8) Provides Nourishment To Skin
Blueberries are an excellent source of a number of nutrients like vitamins,minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytochemicals etc. and this makes it very beneficial for providing proper nourishment to our skin. When our skin is properly nourished then it stays healthy. Consuming blueberries on regular basis is good for skin nourishment but topical application of blueberries can also be used for keeping our skin properly nourished. For this, mash some blueberries and add one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil to it. Mix them together to form a paste. Now, use this paste as the face mask and apply it on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Regular application will make your skin soft,smooth and will also provide proper nourishment to your skin.
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Beauty Benefits Of Blueberries For Hair
(1) Promotes Hair Growth
Blueberries are beneficial not only for our skin health but also for improving the health of our hair and scalp. The antioxidants present in blueberries fights with the free radicals of our body and prevents our hair and scalp from oxidative stress. In addition to this, Vitamin E present in blueberries repairs split ends, promotes hair growth and provides a lot of other benefits ( source).
Blueberries are also a good source of B-complex vitamin that increases the flow of blood all over the body ( particularly in the scalp region), promotes hair growth and make our hair shiny.
(2) Prevents Premature Graying of Hair
Consuming blueberries on a regular basis is also effective for preventing premature graying of hair. This benefit of blueberries in mainly due to the presence of a number of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and other compounds present them. These compounds make our healthier and reduce the risk of premature graying. In addition to this, the antioxidants present in blueberries prevents our hair and scalp from oxidative damage ( which is a common cause of premature graying of hair) and also controls hair loss.