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Craving Cranberry This Winter

By: Kate Hamilton
Posted: June 9, 2008, from the December 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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In the skin care industry, antioxidants are helping with the fight against aging by protecting the body from free radical damage, making cranberries a key element in any skin care regimen. The fruit also has been found to have antibacterial properties—Native Americans would draw out venom from poisoned-arrow wounds with a mixture of the berries and cornmeal. Essencia’s Cranberry Hydrating Mist provides antioxidant, antibacterial and moisture-replenishing benefits to the skin in a cool, refreshing spray. Pure Enzymes Exfoliating Mask, from CosMedix, utilizes enzymes to exfoliate impurities, which is ideal for acne-prone skin. Blending cranberry, pomegranate, almond, wild cherry and loquat—an Asian evergreen—Biotone Spa’s Pomegranate & Cranberry Hydrating Body Lotion nourishes the skin while stimulating the senses. Combo Toner, from Skin Blends, contains cranberry, as well as green tea, papaya, chamomile and cucumber, to gently cleanse and protect the skin.

The Dan’l Webster Inn and Spa in Sandwich, Massachusetts, mixes cranberry and rosemary in its Cranberry Smoothie Foot Treatment, and also features a CranMary ice mask. Also on the menu are the Cranberry-Rose Sugar Scrub and Cranberry-Citrus Salt Scrub. The Pomegranate & Cranberry Salt Glo & Body Butter Treatment—new to The Val-Kill Health Spa at The Roosevelt Inn & Suites in Saratoga Springs, New York—gently exfoliates with Dead Sea mineral salts while nourishing the skin with a unique shea butter mixed with a fruity blend. At Angel’s Spa and Wellness Centre at Delta Sherwood Inn in Port Carling, Ontario, Canada, two exclusive spa experiences capitalize on the cranberries from a local farm. The Cranberry Scrub and Wrap begins with a Cranberry Scrub, followed by a heated Cranberry Wine mask. The scrub also is offered as an individual treatment.

Pick a classic

Whether added for their healthful properties or their tart, tangy flavor, cranberries often are overlooked as a crucial part of a well-balanced diet. Sprinkle dried cranberries in your bowl of cereal, or grab a cranberry fruit juice blend on your way out the door. Don’t cheat your skin either—look for cleansers and toners that feature cranberry to capitalize on its many beneficial properties.