Blackberries have a sweet and tart citrus-like taste that has made them a favourite with children and adults alike. But these juicy summer fruits have a lot more to offer: they are also tiny anti-aging powerhouses that can stave off premature wrinkles, prevent cancer and keep both your skin and your body looking young and healthy.
The very dark colour of blackberries is a proof of their high antioxidant content: they owe their pigment to anthocyanins, a phytochemical with powerful free radicals scavenging properties. On top of it, blackberries are rich in vitamins A and C, two antioxidants that boost the production of skin-firming collagen, fade dark spots and discolourations and accelerate cellular turnover, helping the skin renew itself more quickly. Like this weren’t enough, their high water content makes them a refreshing and hydrating treatment for the skin.
In the past, blackberry fruits were not cultivated and could, therefore, only be enjoyed as a wild seasonal treat whenever they blossomed on bushes in the hot summer months. These days, however, blackberries are available in supermarkets and greengrocers’ all year long and have even sneaked their way into Korean skincare lotions and potions.
My favourite Korean skincare product with blackberries must be Innisfree It’s A Real Squeeze Mask Black Berry. Not only it is infused with the nourishing extract of these deep-purple fruits, but it also contains the brand’s signature Jeju Green Complex, a blend of green tea, tangerine, cactus, camellia leaves and orchids that fights the damaging effects of sun damage and brightens the skin tone.
The sheet itself, which fits my skin like a glove, is soaked in a milky white liquid that resembles, both in colour and texture, more a lotion than an essence. I leave it on for the customary 20 minutes, which is more than enough time for my skin to soak up all its nourishing juice. Once I removed it, I noticed that my skin was more hydrated than before: it felt softer, looked plumper and was slightly moist, giving my face a youthful glow. These are only the short term benefits; used regularly, the anti-aging properties of the mask also prevent wrinkles and fine lines from creeping up onto my skin too soon.
Who knew that a tasty summer treat could be so beneficial to your skin?
Summary: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Black Berry hydrates and brightens the skin tone and prevents wrinkles, giving skin a younger-looking appearance.
Claims: A mask made with freshly squeezed blackberry to make the skin firm and supple while reducing wrinkles.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Blackberry Juice(200mg), Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tangerine Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, The green Tea Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance