How Blackberries Can Save Your Skin

Ever since I've learned the correlation between nutrients and the aging process, I've upped my antioxidant game. The blackberry benefits for skin are amazing, which gives me even more reason to chow down on one of my favorite delicious, healthy snacks. Antioxidants (of which blackberries have TONS) are a great way to keep your immune system boosted while making sure your skin is hydrated and wrinkle free. Clearly, there are many over the counter remedies that promise you just that, but why not go directly to the source while getting a boatload of other skin and hair benefits at the same time?

Although the first thing that comes to mind when you think of blackberries may be antioxidants, that's not all this berry is known for. According to sources at Health Diaries, blackberries can help ward off free radicals and the damaging rays from the sun which are both known for premature aging and causing pigmentation issues. You'll still need to wear proper protection in the sun, but you can rest assured blackberries can give you extra ammunition to fight off the negative effects of the sunshine you've been craving all winter.

Blackberries are rich in vitamins A, C, and K which are a great way to heal wounds and lift acne scars, due to the astringent properties of blackberries, they are also a great ingredient to make a hearty acne mask that will keep your breakouts few and far between. According to sources at Style Craze, blackberries are 85 percent water which makes for a hydrating experience that won't freak your face out, thus causing your skin to look dull and/or break out.

You don't need to look far for blackberries; they grow naturally throughout the United States, which is why they're pretty affordable. In fact, long before we were Googling ways to look young forever, native cultures were using blackberries for food and medicine. Don't be shy by trying out one of these delicious face masks to keep your skin smooth and hydrating on even the most humid summer nights.

Hydrating Blackberry Mask

This mask is definitely going to leave you feeling silky smooth — and it's so gentle you can use it every day. Mash three blackberries in a heaping tablespoon of coconut milk, add a teaspoon of nutmeg ,and apply directly on your face and neck, concentrating on any dry patches.

Restoring Acne Mask

This mask is great for all skin types, but especially those looking to bring down the inflammation and pains of acne. In a blender, add three to four blackberries, two teaspoons of raw honey, and a tablespoon of freshly brewed coffee grinds. Apply your new edible acne mask all over you face for about ten minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can repeat this mask at least three times a week for best results.

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