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Homemade Blueberry Beauty Solutions

Updated on August 25, 2013
Homemade Blueberry Beauty Solutions
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Make Way For Blueberries ~

Blueberries are one of nature’s most potent antioxidants and that means it is not only good for our diet but for using on our skin.

Who would have thought these small dark blue fruits could pack such a punch but they do.

They have been the talk of the town for some time and many agree them to be the NO.1 beneficial food.

Having recently come across them for half price and always one to snap up a bargain, I could not resist buying them with my skin care recipes in mind, much to my other half’s dismay.

Superfood

make sure to include blueberries in your diet to reap health benefits
make sure to include blueberries in your diet to reap health benefits | Source

Top 10 Superfoods for Skin:

  • Blueberries
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Oysters
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Kiwi
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Yogurt
  • Sweet Potato

Rich in Antioxidants ~

One of the healthiest and most nutritious fruits, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and shown to be one of the highest in fruits and vegetables.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and prevent skin damage which in turn helps the skin retain a softer, younger and more evenly toned appearance.

I have some quick and easy recipes to try using fresh blueberries in small quantities with some other skin favorites. Let’s first take a look at the skin benefits of this powerful fruit:

Ripe for Picking

small varieties tend to be lowbush and larger plants are known as highbush
small varieties tend to be lowbush and larger plants are known as highbush | Source

Benefits and Research on Blueberries

Benefits of Blueberries for Skin ~

  • Potent in Antioxidants
  • Contains Vitamins A, B’s, C, K
  • Rich in Manganese
  • High in Fibre
  • Contains Phosphorus, Potassium and Magnesium
  • Anti-Aging
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Reduces Bruising
  • Strengthens Capillaries
  • Cell Regenerating Properties
  • Improves Elasticity
  • Increases Collagen
  • Improves Acne
  • Stabilizes Sebum Levels
  • Eliminates Dark Circles

Blueberries and Yogurt

good enough to eat too!
good enough to eat too! | Source

Blueberry and Yogurt Facial ~

This skin treatment does wonder for rejuvenating, exfoliating and repairing the skin. Lactic acid in the yogurt gently removes the dead skin cells and the blueberries work on repairing damaged skin cells, adding hydration and calming any inflammation.

10-12 Blueberries

1 tbsp Greek Style Yogurt

Method:

  • Mash blueberries with a fork or use blender.
  • Mix in with the yogurt.
  • Apply to a cleansed face and neck.
  • Leave for 15 minutes and remove with tepid water.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply your serum and /or moisturizer.

Even Blackbirds Know Blueberry Benefits

one at a time he's only a small fellow
one at a time he's only a small fellow | Source

Blueberry Flower

the flowers may be white, pale pint, red or a hint of green in color
the flowers may be white, pale pint, red or a hint of green in color | Source

Blueberry Poll

Are blueberries a favorite of yours?

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Blueberry 2 in 1 Recipe ~

This skin buster has everything the skin needs with these simple but effective ingredients. Honey retains moisture, exfoliates, is nourishing and helps improve skin elasticity. Olive oil penetrates deep into the skin adding moisture, nourishment, protection and vital nutrients for maintaining a healthy skin. Add the sugar if you want added exfoliation for a super smooth skin.

1/4cup Blueberries

1 tbsp Raw Honey

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1-2 tsp Granulated Sugar (optional)

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix to a medium texture, not too runny.
  • Apply to a cleansed face and neck, avoiding the eye area.
  • If using the sugar gently massage in working from the neck upwards and leave for a further 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with tepid water thoroughly.
  • Have a final splash of cold water and pat the skin dry.
  • Apply your regular serum and/or moisturizer.
  • Feel your smooth, soft and glowing skin!

Blueberry Eye Mask ~

This is best done with cold blueberries so pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes before you want to apply this. The blueberries are effective in reducing dark circles, any spider veins and revive tired sore eyes. Aloe vera is cooling, healing and adds moisture to the delicate tissue around the eye.

Small Handful Blueberries

2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel (fresh or good quality)

Method:

  • Mash up the blueberries by hand with a fork or use a blender.
  • Mix together the cold blueberries and the gel.
  • Dab on under the eye area on cleansed skin with the ring finger.
  • Leave for 15 minutes and feel the soothing and cooling benefits work immediately.
  • Remove with tepid water and do a final splash of cold water.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply your eye serum, eye gel or eye cream.


Willy Wonka's Blueberry Transformation

Tips and Suggestions ~

In case of any skin staining have some lemon juice and sugar or salt handy and apply to the skin.Vinegar is another effective stain remover when applied. Wash the skin well with a cleanser or gentle face wash afterwards.

These recipes are designed for a once only application. Make them up and use immediately or within an hour or so.

Quality ingredients make a difference. Invest in the best quality you can. When possible use organic ingredients to get the very best nutritional content.

Why not apply the eye mask at the same time as the 2 in 1 recipe and get triple the benefits and save time!

Don't wear good clothes when making these up. Avoid the possibility of clothes staining by wearing a dressing gown, towel or older clothes.

Food for Thought . . . .

Without a doubt blueberries are worth using in skin care to help maintain a healthy, youthful complexion. With their amazing antioxidant levels this little berry has superior benefits to many fruits and vegetables which should give it priority for you and your skin.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to sharkye11 ~

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      These look great and easy enough. We are moving about a block away from an amazing produce store. shouldn't have any problem gathering what I need and have enough to eat! Thank you, up+++ and pinned! I think I will dedicate a whole board to you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzi, I had to check this out as soon as I saw the title. I thought to myself, "but self - blueberries stain! I gotta check this out!". Your tips answered my questions and allayed my fears.

      I'm aware of the awesome health benefits of blueberries. One of my favorite breakfasts is Cottage Cheese Parfait:

      2 tbsp cottage cheese

      as many blueberries as you want

      handful of chopped walnuts

      cinnamon powder

      Add the blueberries (preferably fresh) to the cottage cheese, followed by the walnuts. Mix together and top with cinnamon.

      This is a very healthy dish full of antioxidants, protein and metabolism boosting properties. I used to take this concoction with me to work and eat it for breakfast after I got settled. It's also a good snack. Either way it's delicious and extremely healthy!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are some great ideas for beauty products involving blueberries, and I will keep them in mind for the next time I have some on hand.

      I like that you included links to Vespawoolf's two recipes (I already checked out the bagel with blueberry cream cheese... Mmmm), and tips for getting blueberry stains removed.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a fabulous day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Ooh, if there was a "like" button for comments, I would have pressed it for Bravewarrior's input. The cottage cheese parfait sounds delicious! I have cottage cheese often, but usually when I have a parfait, it's with yogurt. That sounds good.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Blueberries are amazing fruits for the inside of us. I knew that but never really thought of using them for other purposes. The facial sounds interesting and you answered the question I had about staining the skin.

      I think I might find myself eating it rather than slathering it on my face.

      thanks for sharing Angels are on the way ps

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Blueberries are one of my favorites! I just love using yogurt and honey on my skin, so I can only imagine adding blueberries to it. I think I'll be tempted to eat it instead of apply it as a masque, though! I didn't realize blueberries offered so many benefits. We don't have fresh blueberries here in the Andes mountains, but I could use dried blueberries. Do you think that would work? I could use a blender to mash them up well. Thanks for including links to my two blueberry recipes, too! Another great Hub...as always shared, pinned and voted up. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      Good to have a nice supplier for all your goodies so close by when you move! A decent one for me now is in Dublin 50 miles away! LOL Good look with the move you seem well organised as you are the professional "mover" !!! Thanks so much for the pinning and you area doll to think of a Suzie board!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Many thanks for checking this one out. I adore your recipe! Definitely going to try it as cottage cheese and walnuts are 2 foods I love so I know this would be a winner for me! Thanks again and appreciate your interest :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Trying to come up with new ideas using different ingredients led me to blueberries, not a fruit I buy regularly as it is costly here but do love them! My favorite is to use them with other berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries) in a pavlova. That's if MJ does not demolish the lot as pavlova is his fav desert! Glad you enjoyed and may try it out sometime!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Yep I'm with you on that, love it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi pstraubie,

      Thanks for your interest here; They are such a good food for us all to eat and now hopefully I have shown they can be super beneficial on the skin. Skin, clothes and even carpets can be stained by this potent fruit. I did not really get any staining on the face but lemon juice is a great bleaching agent and combine it with salt or sugar it should do the trick. Appreciate your visit and comment :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      So many fruits to love and these are another. We only get imported blueberries and generally cost over €2 for a small quantity. Yep I have seen recipes using the dried version and it seems to work well and I would favor a hand blender or some type of blending machine to mix up ingredients. As these recipes may be a bit messy in applying I would definitely not recommend wearing good clothing in case of any drips!

      Cheers for all the thumbs up and it was and always is a pleasure sharing your gorgeous recipes!! Everyone of them is divine!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thanks, Suzie! BTW, I'm linking back to you. : )

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      You never cease to amaze me with your incredible homemade beauty solutions. Blueberries have so many health benefits but I can't believe all of these amazing skin care recipes that you have provided using this healthy berry. From the blueberry and yogurt facial to the blueberry eye mask, they all look wonderful and definitely must tries. Once again, thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      My daughter loves using blueberries in her pancakes. Unfortunately she never finishes the whole container so they end mouldy and thrown out as no one else will eat them. Finally I know have a use for the leftovers and I won't feel like I'm throwing my money away. Thanks.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Amazing! You always amazed me with your organic beauty products. I´ll be using your beauty treatment recipes when I´m in my home country doing facial and massage treatments to my clients and friends.We don´t have blueberries there so I´ll use mango or papaya. I´ll try this when I come across of blueberries in the shop this week. I´m sure I´ll be eating half of the blueberry mask, lol. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, shared and pinned to my beauty board for later use. Have a great week Suzie;-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      You are a sweetheart, thanks a bunch for that!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      i surprise myself sometimes but then again I am determined to really make it a career and have the interest and passion! I don't profess to be an expert just years of different careers which have all had an influence on this path. i do believe and have seen the effects of these different lotions and potions and yes some need tweaking but that is part of the fun and intrigue! So glad you enjoyed this ode to the blueberry, what a potent little fruit it is which I find incredible. Simple and easy makes it accessible to all with benefits! Cheers for your VU!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi phoenix,

      Perfect remedy and way of using up blueberries. Know I know the benefits and uses of so many fruits, vegetables etc there is never any "bits" thrown out it goes into a face mask, scrub, pimple buster or a whole host of things! Even my partner loves all the pampering as I do experiment on him too!! Enjoy your blueberry facial and thanks so much for commenting, much appreciate it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      It is always a pleasure seeing you visit! So happy hearing you will use many of these recipes in your own business. Wonderful to base it on fresh potent ingredients locally sourced. Handy to have blueberries in Germany and I hope you enjoy trying the mask or facial out! Appreciate you pinning, votes and sharing, have a great week!

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      Marie Giunta 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Blueberries are fantastic, I love them in yogurt and I make a mean berry smoothie with blueberries and other berries that are in season. I've never thought to use them as a beauty product though so thanks for that tip. Great looking hub, voted up, pinned and shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi MPG,

      Your smoothie sounds great as i am a berry and smoothie fan! Thanks very much for your interest by visiting and commenting, much appreciate your votes,share and pin. Hope next time you are going to do a smoothie with yogurt and blueberries you pop a little aside and try the mask, its is lush! LOL

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Blueberries and yogurt...Can lick our lips while it is setting in. Love this easy recipe and others will also. Thanks as always...the usual sharing and pinning and all that.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I had blueberries in the house recently but we ate them all. Next time I will use some for these awesome beauty recipes. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Delighted you stopped by. it is certainly eating too! So good to have your votes, share and pinning. Cheers as always my friend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Next time you purchase them remember to hold back a few and give them a try! Blueberry oil is available which sounds great too. Thanks for your continued support, have a great week!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi condominium,

      Love blueberry anything particularly muffins but cheesecake is delicious too. Glad you enjoyed this and hope you try some of the options out next time you have this wonderful fruit!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Love blueberry things and we just got back from Vermont where I bought blueberry lip balm. Love it and your hubs. Pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      So good to see you. Lip balm sounds divine and you could make your own with blueberry oil in one of my my recipes if you fancied trying it. I have not used the oil but it sounds heavenly too! Cheers for your lovely comment and pin!

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      Susan Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I was wondering about the skin staining properties of Blueberries. So does the oil stain like the whole fruit does? I'd hate to end up looking like a purple panda!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Blueberries are so good for you. What would keep you from using them in your beauty products? So inspired as always.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm so glad I love blueberries because they are so good for you! Thanks for sharing this. I love your hubs!

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      Toy Tasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

      I am so glad to know the way blueberries can be used. I have always been a super fan of blueberries, whether the fruit itself or anything that has blueberries in it.

      Thanks for sharing the information,will definitely try some of the tips soon.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      Many thanks for popping by. I have not used the oil but would not expect it to stain skin. The oil is green in color, non greasy on the skin, rich in the antioxidants, great conditioning oil for skin and has a slight aroma. Follow the stain advice here should you get any staining as they are universal ones for lightening and removing unwanted color, even false tan gone wrong! No fear of purple panda syndrome! Hope that helps! Cheers for your interest as always!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      They certainly are one to be including in our diet that's for sure. America and British Columbia in Canada are lucky to be awash with these potent fruits it appears, how fortunate you are! For me here it is availability and cost as they are expensive as melons, pineapple and exotic or tropical fruits tend to be. Climate here is too darn cold and not suitable so imports cost. The oil will be on my list however as it will be more beneficial using in a variety of ways regularly rather than a limited time. Thanks for your interest! When I can use fresh blueberries I will be using them as in these recipes as they were wonderful on the skin!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Delighted to see another fan of these berries in you! Hope you give these a go when blueberries are in season! Appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Toytasting,

      Could not agree more with you, I love blueberry muffins in particular and cheesecake is heavenly with them. As a topping with mixed berries you can't beat it for pavlova, even a basic fruit salad with Greek natural yogurt or whipped cream. So many lush ways to enjoy them, just remember to save a few from now on for the face!! LOL

      Many thanks for your comment and interest, much appreciate them!

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      Craig Gibson 3 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      This was avery informative article. I live in Colombia and there are many fruits that have substantial health benefits here. I am always interested in the benefits of fruits in ones diet.

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      pat098@yahoo.com 3 years ago

      Now I am hungry

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      Adrian Cloute 3 years ago from Cedartown, GA

      Blueberries are great antioxidants. I think that anything you make with blueberries makes them 100 times better. Thanks for the amazing hub! Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi csgibson,

      So nice to have you stop by. How interesting you live in Columbia as I have always had a passion for South America and would love to visit . i have come across some of the many fruits native there and thought how fortunate you ! The camu camu was one that totally intrigued me and watched several videos on it in the Amazon. The powder is available which I used for a serum as it is so beneficial to the skin and wow, what an incredible fruit! Thanks for your interest on this and comment!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Pat098,

      Cheers for popping by, me too!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi toptenluxury,

      Lovely to have your comment. They are a huge antioxidant you are right and should be a definite for the diet regularly. Appreciate your kind words and votes, cheers!!

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      Mirmana 3 years ago from AMSTERDAM

      Hi suzie,

      Nice article! Though I live on a tight budget I always try to imcoporate blueberries in my weekpy menu. I also tried a yogurt, sea salt, blueberries mask once. Will try yours! Voted up.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another great addition Suzie and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi msginger,

      Nice to have your comments, thank you so much! Your exfoliating mask sounds lovely must try it out! Thanks for your votes!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Lovely to see you back for more, delighted you enjoyed!

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      wow love your hub, not only are berries good for you, but I did not know the effects it could have as a facial moisturizer.

      I am always looking for homemade facials.

      Thank you so much

      Laurie

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rayne,

      Lovely to have you comment and visit. Glad to hear you enjoyed and are a fan of blueberries, enjoy trying some blueberry skin care out!!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      hey there, Suz......Blueberries are SUPER anti-oxidant!! I know I love to eat them, especially blueberry pie! Using them for cosmetic products would be a wonderful project!. There is no end to your creative knowledge!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Paula,

      Lovely to see you, hope all is good with you. Antioxidants they most certainly are and your blueberry pie I would LOVE to taste! Sounds yummylicious!! Okay not a real word but gets the message across! Hopefully you will save a few berries next round of pie making and try them on the skin! Thank you for your kind words, I am merely a bit of "try it and see, the theory is there now just put it to the test" type!! LOL

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