Skincare Explained: Blueberry Oil
Blueberries are wildly renowned as an anti-ageing superfood; their antioxidant properties are higher than that of both blackberries and strawberries. The flavonoid content is higher too. Blueberries have many amazing properties, which is why blueberry oil is taking the skincare industry by storm. So what does blueberry oil do for your skin? Read on to find out.
A Background on Blueberries
The blueberry plant is a perennial plant which means that it is exceptionally hardy. They come from the same family as cranberries and bilberries, among others known as the genus vaccinium. The blueberry plant can grow up to thirteen feet tall, and it flowers too; the flowers themselves are bell-shaped, and they can be white, pink, red or even green. But, obviously, the blueberries themselves are the real prize. They often ripen in the summer, depending on growing conditions.
Blueberry Oil & the Skin
Blueberry oil can be added to skincare products like moisturisers and serums, or it can be applied directly to the skin. In terms of the benefits that it offers, there are several. Firstly, as mentioned above, blueberries are really high in antioxidants. One of the main reasons behind skin ageing is environmental stressors and diet. Antioxidants can help to lessen the effects on the skin and keep it looking more youthful and glowing.
Blueberry oil is also high in vitamin E – which is technically also an antioxidant. However, vitamin E is particularly effective in protecting the skin against environmental stressors. It has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce redness and soothe the skin. Vitamin E is also good at protecting the skin against UV damage which is why it is often found in sun creams.
It also contains omega 3. Healthy fats act as skincare powerhouses, and omega-three specifically can help to guard against dry, itchy, or red skin. It can also help reduce acne and the appearance of wrinkles. It can also help to protect the sun against skin damage. There is also some evidence that omega-three can speed up the healing process for wounds, although this has not been proven definitively.
Lastly, blueberry oil is fast-absorbing. The oil itself tends to be light and not greasy, which is great for those that don’t like the feeling of oils on their skin for too long. It also smells nice, which can be a big draw for some people. It works for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin, leaving the skin looking revived.
How Is It Used?
As mentioned above, blueberry oil can be added to your existing skincare products, or you can use it by itself. If you are going to use it as a standalone product, then you should put it on at the end of your skincare routine because other products won’t be able to penetrate the skin as well with a layer of oil on it.
Blueberry oil has a number of benefits for the skin, which makes sense because blueberries have a lot of benefits for the body. However, with all the stressors of modern life taking their toll on your skin, you need to take as many precautions as possible.