Bilberry is a relative of blueberry, cranberry, and huckleberry. This small berry has been used for medicinal purposes for years to help reduce blood clots and improve vision. It is also making quite the impression biochemists in the skincare industry because it contains Vitamin C and chemicals called anthocyanosides, plant pigments that have excellent antioxidant properties.
Remember that antioxidants improve skin texture, tone and overall health by protecting from free radical damage and from UV rays. They are found in plant pigments, like the rich dark blue pigment of the bilberry. When you absorb or ingest these pigments, you are getting a nice dose of antioxidants.
Bilberry fruit is also rich in tannins, a substance that acts as an astringent for the skin. The tannins have anti-inflammatory properties and may help control breakouts and the associated irritation.