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Berry Treasures

A bowl of juicy, deep-hued berries may be the very essence of summer -- but would you put them on your face? You should. The same compounds that make raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries healthy to eat give them the ability to improve skin tone, to exfoliate, and to prevent fine lines.

Although you can use many fruits as skin treatments, berries are especially high in antioxidants like vitamin C and ellagic acid.

Natural fruit acids in all berries also help loosen dirt and dead skin cells, which is why they're used in skin-clearing cleansers and masks. Tannins, which make berries tart, are natural astringents that tone and tighten the skin. Blackberries contain salicylate, which is used in many blemish treatments. And the tiny seeds in strawberries and raspberries make excellent exfoliators, so they're often added to face and body scrubs.

Here we've gathered products with real berry extracts that are as luxurious as they are effective.