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Brilliant blueberries

Brilliant blueberries

Glow is a continual keyword in beauty, after all who doesn't want skin which is radiant and doesn't need a thick covering of make-up? Well it might be easier to achieve than you think - all you need to do is add some blueberries to your diet.

This week we're putting the small blue fruit under the microscope to find out what skincare benefits are in them. And it turns out there are quite a lot.

Blueberries are stuffed with antioxidants which help protect against free radicals. They can damage the collagen in your skin, making it sag and you look older unless you take steps to prevent it. The fruits also contain vitamin C which helps produce collagen, so the result is plump skin which looks young and glows.

On top of that, vitamin C helps strengthen blood vessels which is good news for your skin. When you bump yourself you might burst some capillaries, causing either a nasty bruise or thread veins which will be much worse if the walls of the vessels are thin. The firmer they are the less likelihood there is of you suffering this problem, which is why the vitamin C element is so important.

If you're prone to spots or acne they might be able to help too. Often prolonged outbreaks are a result of hormone imbalance, but there are nutrients which can help combat the conditions which are more favourable to pimples. The vitamins (A and C) in blueberries help normalize the levels of oil in your skin, which in turn stops sebum building up.

And then to the least sexy reason why blueberries are great for skin health. They contain a lot of fibre, which is essential to ensure your digestion is working well. If it is then your body will be eliminating toxins efficiently, a sure fire way to get skin which glows with health.

There are some products on the market which boast blueberries, but it's also easy to make your own. If you want to get on the fast track to radiance mix two cups of brown sugar with two teaspoons of pureed blueberries and three tablespoons of lemon juice. It will form into a scrub which you can use to slew away dead skin.

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