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Cranberries for Vibrant (Skin) Health

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Cranberries are superfoods that contain a plethora of antioxidants. This gives them the ability to fight free radicals that damage (skin) cell integrity. They also contain large amounts of Vitamin C which supports the production of collagen an essential aspect to the creation of  firm, toned, vibrant skin. Cranberries also help support the immune system and are used internally to help decrease certain kinds of bacteria. Being rich in enzymes that support the exfoliation of your skin leaving it bright and radiant. 

For Your Outside:
Topically, cranberry is a natural exfoliant so it can help dry flakey skin in the Winter and most other skin types year round. Oily acne skins will also benefit from cranberries exfoliation properties and antioxidant action.  Since cranberries also contain a lot of vitamin C they can help support skins collagen production which keeps the skin plump and youthful throughout your lifetime.  

 Using cranberry topically is as easy as saturating a cotton swab with 100% juice wiping it across clean skin, allowing it to penetrate for a few minutes then rinsing it off.  Or try the mask below.  It'll smooth and soften  all skin types, leaving your skin with a healthy winter glow.


Cranberry Exfoliating Mask for Glowing Winter Skin* 

  •  Small Handful Fresh Cranberries**
  •  Small Piece Fresh Aloe (inner filet) or 1-2 TBS equivalent juice.
  • 1 Small  Banana 
  • 1/8 tsp Spirulina (optional) 

Place all ingredients in a small blender to make a pulp. Conversely, chop cranberries finely then mash together with banana and other ingredients. Spread an even layer of mask over clean skin, being careful around the eye area. Leave on 5- 10 minutes, rinse with cool water, pat dry with towel.  Follow with a spritz of Essential Toner and appropriate serum or moisturizer.

Makes enough for 2-3 applications. it will keep in the fridge for about a week so you'll have enough to do a mini spa series at home.  It's also really nice to cover your neck and chest with the mask while soaking in your favorite bath.

**Sensitive skin use less cranberries. Oily/Acne skin use a little more cranberry &  a little less banana.

For Your Insides:

Make these with fresh cranberries if at all possible. The crisp, 
tart burst will be well worth any extra effort.

Cranberry Bites

Cranberry Almond Bites
Serves 12

1/2 c. Almonds
1/3 c. Coconut Flakes
1/3 c. Oats
1/4 c. Pumpkin Seeds
1 TBS. Flax (ground)
1/4 tsp. Cardamom Powder
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp. Ginger Powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 TBS Maple Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup or a combination of the two
1 TBS Coconut Oil
1/3 - 1/2 cup cranberries, fresh chopped* or dried.

Lightly toast almonds, coconut, oats and pumpkin seeds in a 350* oven (about 8 minutes). When cool grind into a semi fine meal using a food processor or coffee grinder (sans any coffee particles). Mix in the spices, salt, flax powder, syrup and coconut oil. Add more oil or syrup as needed to make into a workable dough. When well combined add cranberries. Chill in the fridge for about an hour, then roll dough into tablespoon size balls. These can then be left "naked" or rolled in powdered cocoa, coconut, or matcha.

*If using fresh berries store in fridge. They will keep for about a week. 
**Raw cacao nibs would also be a yummy addition.