Seasonal factoid: only 5% of cranberries produced every year are sold fresh to consumers, presumably to accompany the Thanksgiving turkey. What about the other 95%? Well, some of them make their way into our potions and lotions and a good thing too. These bitter berries are a super source of antioxidants, way more than most other fruits. The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of 100g of cranberries is 9,584. A University of Maine study compared cranberries to 22 other fruits and found that they had the highest number of phenols, leaving red grapes standing. To help you find a way to put them to good use all year round, here’s the Five Best affordable beauty products with cranberry.

Tilvee Cranberry Balancing Lotion ($31 in the TIA shop). There are days when my skin feels a little oily, out of whack and in need of rebalancing. That is where Cranberry Balance Lotion comes in. In addition to cranberry, antioxidants include rooibos tea, which is not actually tea but a member of the pea family, and milk thistle a remarkably potent plant with antioxidant compounds that protect against cell damage. Studies show that is also helps acne and rosacea sufferers. (Read the full review).

100% Pure Organic Cranberry Facial Cleansing Foam (No longer available). If you like a foaming cleanser then this is for you: it generates more froth than a vat of Guinness. A good pore closer and likely to be preferred by those with oily rather than dry skin. There are plenty of botanicals alongside cranberry.Tea and berries are well known antioxidants, but even thyme and rosemary have proven antixodant properties and golden seal boosts the immune system.

Nutra-Lift Maximum Sun Protection Photo Stable SPF30 ($21). A mineral sunscreen with bells on. Mostly organic ingredients include a healthy dose of vitamin C, E, carrot extract, oat Betaglucan, almond extract, cucumber extract, green tea, white cranberry and pomegranate. Yes, that’s white cranberry, no less. As Kim said in her review: “Overall, the Nutra-Lift Sun Protection is a great investment at the price and offers a lot of benefits that are difficult to find elsewhere. Two thumbs up for antioxidant power!”

Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation. This foundation covers easily and is lightweight on application. Coverage lasts all day and well into the evening. I actually feel as if I am doing my skin a few favors when I put this on. There are no less than eight fruit oils, one of which is cranberry, that are packed with antioxidants. One of them, pomegranate, has been studied for its effectiveness against skin cancer and raspberry seed oil is supposed to be a natural sunscreen.

Skin Nutrition Toner Spritz ($40.00) A refreshing start to the day and effective pore closer. With minimalist design for the packaging and a hint of a clean, fruity smell, this toner is - along with Skin Nutrition's cleanser - comfortably unisex. A key ingredient is cactus pear. Some of you may be interested to note, that it is a hangover cure. More pertinent is the fact that recent studies have shown the extracts to have antioxidant properties and reduce DNA damage. It is just one of many botanical antioxidants, including cranberry, that will make you want to make this part of your daily regimen.

Ingredients in Tilvee: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe) Juice*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract*, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil*, Emulsifying Wax NF, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Stearic Acid, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Extract*, Urtica dioica (Nettle Leaf) Extract*, Stellaria media (Chickweed) Extract*, Ulmus fulva (Slippery Elm) Extract*, Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract*, Althea officinalis (Marshmallow Root) Extract*, Avena sativa (Oatstraw) Extract*, Aphanizomenon flos-aqua (Blue Green Algae)*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide gum), Salix nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Essential Oils of: Citrus sinensis (Sweet Orange), Citrus paradisii (Grapefruit), Citrus reticulata (Tangerine), Citrus limonum (Lemon), Citrus aurantifolia (Lime), Citrus bergamia (Bergamot).

Ingredients in 100% Pure: Organic White Tea, Organic Earl Grey Tea, Organic Rose Hydrosol, Extracts of Organic Cranberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Cherry, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Blueberry, Organic Grapefruit Seed, Organic Rosemary, Organic Thyme, Organic Oregano, Organic Goldenseal, Organic Cinnamon and Organic Blood Orange, Organic Tangerine Essential Oil, Coconut Cleanser (coco betaine), Citric Acid, Witch Hazel, Japanese Honeysuckle Extract

 

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift: Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (10.00%), Titanium Dioxide (2.00%), Infusion of Aloe Vera gel* (aloe barbadensis), Avena Sativa*( oat protein), Soybean* ( glycine soja) extract, Sun Flower Seed (helianthus annuus) extract, Ascorbly Palmitate ( vitamin C), Lecithin, Coconut extract, Glycerine, Carrot* extract, Green Tea* extract, Avena Sativa* (oat) Betaglucan, natural Xanthan Gum, Almond* extract, natural mixed tocopherols (Vitamin-E), white cranberry* extract, Cucumis Sativus* (cucumber) extract, Punica Granatum*(pomegranate) extract, , Eucalyptus extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate. *Certified Organic Ingredients

Ingredients in Juice Beauty: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (*), Glycerin, Lecithin (*), Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil (*), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (*), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (*), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (*), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil (*), Blueberry (Vaccinium Corymbosum) Seed Oil (Vaccinium Corymbosum)(*), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil (*), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil (*), Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Seed Oil (Kiwi)(*), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (*), Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil (*), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Fruit) (Acai)(*), Lycium Chinense (Goji) Berry (Goji)(*), Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Cera) Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, vitamin E, rosemary & sweet orange oil, phenethyl alcohol, caprylyl glycol May contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides, mica * certified organic by USDA approved agency

Ingredients in Skin Nutrition: Water (Aqua), Peg-60 Almond Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glucose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Opuntia Ficus-indica (Cactus Pear) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Euterpa Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Vitex Agnus Castus (Monk's Pepper Berry) Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Phaeodactylum Tricornutum (Algae) Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract SN-NPS * (Proprietary Natural Preservative System) *Patent Pending