The bilberry plant (Vaccinium myrtillus), also known as European blueberry grows wildly and ecologically in Finland and is for our organic face care handpicked. It’ is a true super berry. It contains many times more flavonoids and four times more anthocyanins than cultivated blueberries. The perfect component in our anti-ageing organic vegan face care Arctic Blend.
The Arctic bilberry is a shrub with small blue berries. It grows wild on heathlands and other acidic soils across Europe, northern Asia, Greenland, Iceland, and the western United States and Canada.
The bilberries are delicious, can be used in a wide variety of foods, and are a strong source of vitamins and antioxidants.
The powerful antioxidants soothe the skin naturally
Less well known is the power of bilberry leaves. They have a very high tannin content, giving them antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which in organic skincare cosmetics used help to clean pollutants from the skin. Additionally, they are rich in antioxidants and help fight back against the oxidative stress that causes signs of ageing and the deterioration of skin. While many vitamins act as antioxidants, bilberry leaf extract has been shown to be ten times more effective in inhibiting free radicals than pure vitamin E or C alone.
The blueberry leaf extract in organic skincare ensures a balanced skin
Finally, bilberry leaf extract has many color corrective properties, too. The leaves contain arbutin, which lightens and brightens skin. It is a natural glycoside, which stops tyrosinase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the production of melanin. Put simply, arbutin helps to stop hyperpigmentation, brightening skin and preventing age spots, by inhibiting the production of pigment.
The star qualities of bilberry leaves make their extract ideal in our INARI Arctic Beauty organic facial creams and face moisturizers and wrinkle lifting firming serum for creating a youthful, healthy glow, and that’s why bilberry leaf extract is the perfect component of our Arctic Blend.