Berries // Ingredient Spotlight No. 2

Berries are one of our favorite ingredients to include in our formulas. Not only do they provide oodles of nutrients to our products, but they also harken back to our farm. In the spring, we see wild strawberries in the fields, while blueberries grow in the brush. The fruits provide a source of food to songbirds and small animals that live in the area, while the blossoms give the bees a source of nectar early in the summer.

In fact, blueberry blossoms are a major food source for honey bees. The relationship is twofold-the bees get food from blueberry fields, while the plants are able to produce more berries thanks to the pollination efforts of the bees. By stocking their fields with one to four hives per acre, farmers can expect to see at least 1000 pounds of extra fruit thanks to the pollination efforts of the bees. This also results in a delicious honey!

These fruits are packed with nutrients that strengthen your skin and body. I think we all eat more berries during the summer than anything else-you have to get them fresh before they’re gone! If you can’t purchase organic berries at your farmer’s market, you can easily start producing your own. Strawberries are probably one of the easiest crops you can grow at home-you don’t need much room for them at all. We’ve discussed growing berries in depth in this article. Why don’t you give it a try?

Cosmetics and Berries: A Sweet Pairing

These little treats provide antioxidants to our formulations, like vitamins C and E. They’re also a source of gentle acids, which helps our Bee Inspired Mask in renewing your skin. And, in our Lip Scrubs, blueberries and raspberries add a touch of sweetness that really makes the formulas special. Berry seeds also give an additional punch to some of our scrubs. All around, they’re a great addition to cosmetics!

Vitamin C is plentiful in berries. This antioxidant helps to protect the skin by reducing the impact of free radicals, which can cause aging and dullness. Other vitamins, like A and E, also give a punch of antioxidants to our products, helping to smooth and protect the skin. In fact, vitamin A can reduce discolorations as well, which is great if you have post-acne redness! Anthocyanin, the antioxidant that gives many berries their blue and purple colors, also helps to fight against aging by combating damaging free radicals.

The acids in berries help to fight against dullness and acne by gently unblocking pores and removing dead skin cells. Some berries are high in salicylic acids, which is also found in willow bark and aspirin medications. This natural acid does some heavy lifting in your skincare routine, and you can thank it for a clearer complexion.

Strawberries in Hand

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