A less talked about find from the berry family, Bilberry is a miracle ingredient for dull and damaged skin and hair. Organic Bilberry helps to renew skin cells and protect it against environmental impurities. It deep cleanses pores, balances skin sebum production and nourishes the skin from deep within. Vitamins and Minerals in Bilberry are also very beneficial in improving blood circulation in hair follicles, which transforms into stronger and beautiful hair.
From anti-aging to acne care, sun protection and bringing life back to hair, continue reading to learn everything about organic bilberry benefits for skin and hair:
Therapeutic Content of Bilberries
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.), also known as European blueberry, huckleberry and whortleberry is a shrub native to Europe, North America and Asia. Luscious bluish-black colored Bilberries are the richest sources of ‘Anthocyanins’ (greater than any other known berries). Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants responsible for promoting regeneration of cells and lower stress from an overload of toxic compounds.
Bilberries are also jam-packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and minerals like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc and Copper. Other prominent antioxidants found in Bilberry are Quercetin, Resveratrol and Catechin.
The Benefits of Bilberry for Skin & Hair
Bilberry Benefits for Skin
Prevents Acne and Removes Blackheads
The abundance of minerals like Zinc and Vitamin A, C, D and E in Bilberry helps to correct skin hormonal imbalance, balance pH and fight acne for clearer and acne-free skin. Zinc helps in decreasing oil production in the skin and remove blackheads. Vitamin A fights free radicals and repairs skin. Vitamin D stops microbial growth, while Vitamin E assists in quicker acne heal.
Much like the benefits of Catechins in Green Tea, Bilberry works in a similar way to reduce post-acne redness, itching, swelling or any other kind of skin inflammation.
Editor’s Pro Tip: PVO’s Bilberry-enriched toners/hydrators are designed to retrain hyperactive skin conditions. It helps to detox and soothe skin redness, minimize flare ups and give clear skin.
Our Dosha Quiz guide will help you to get personalized regimen for your unique skin texture:
- Daily Hydrator/Toner for Normal/Vata Skin
- Pore Perfect Hydrator/Toner for Oily/Kapha Skin & Enlarged Pores
- SBR Hydrator/Toner for Sensitive/Blemished/Rosacea/Pitta Skin
Learn more about the importance of ‘2nd step of toning the skin’ in Puraveda Organics’ Guide to Skin Toners/Hydrators: Do You Need Them and How to Use?
Prevents Wrinkles & Fine Lines
‘Vitamin C + Antioxidants’ in Bilberry extract is a powerful combination for preventing early signs of aging skin such as wrinkles, fine lines, smile lines, crow’s feet and deep expression lines. Puraveda Organics’ revolutionary ‘Herbal Infusion Blend’* in BioScience Peptide Complex contains Bilberry (rich in Vitamin C bioflavonoids, Quercetin and Resveratrol) and several other botanicals, skin peptides and plant oils, which helps in increasing faster cellular turnover and improve the net collagen content that supports effective anti-aging skin care.
*PVO’s Herbal Infusion Blend contains in-house steam extracted Bladderwrack, Eyebright, Slippery Elm, Fennel seed, Chickweed, Neem leaf, Skullcap, Echinacea, Calendula flowers, Bilberry, Ginkgo leaf, Hawthorne berry, Green Tea , Marshmallow root, St. Johns Wort, Rosemary leaf & Alfalfa.
Treats Dark Circles & Crow’s Feet
If you have tired, aging and dull-looking eyes, juicy bilberry extract is a great find to naturally create perfect, younger looking eyes. Calming Aloe Eye Serum (for Day) and Eyeline Prevention Oil (for Night) with Bilberry as an important ingredient gives amazing results for damaged skin around the eyes. The concentrated duo improves blood circulation in the eye area and gently boosts net collagen production to repair crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles.
Protects against UV damage
Recent studies have found that Bilberry provides protective effects against UVA and blue-light induced damage. Naturally occurring phenolic compounds and antioxidants in blueberries inhibits the activation of pro-apoptotic proteins, the latter being responsible for UV-induced skin damage. Sun Protect SPF30+ is broad-spectrum Zinc Oxide based mineral sunscreen with Bilberry and 30+ other wild-gathered botanicals that gives full protection and shielding against excessively damaging UV rays whenever you step out in the sun.
Bilberry Benefits for Hair
Helps in Hair Growth
Vitamin A in Bilberry improves blood circulation in the scalp. Better blood circulation helps in removal of toxins and replacing it with fresh nutrients to promote reactivation of hair follicles and reestablish a healthy cycle of hair growth. Healthy roots transforms into beautiful, strong and shiny hair.
Anti-inflammatory and Anti-microbial properties of Bilberry treats scalp infections and conditions like dandruff, itchiness, acne and scalp eczema. Fruit acids from Bilberry detoxes the scalp and is effective in fighting the specific type of fungus that causes both dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Since Bilberry is a super skin-conditioning active botanical that helps to increase overall vitality of the dermis, we highly recommend this ingredient for all skin and hair types. When choosing organic skin care or hair care products containing bilberry extract, make sure it is obtained sustainably and is 100% organic, wild-gathered and natural.