Strawberry is Berry Good For You.

Okay, I know. Suuuper lame heading, but it’s true, strawberries have so many health benefits, including cosmetic ones. Strawberries contain salicylic acid, which reduces fevers, helps get rid of stomach aches, and, oh yeah, gets rid of acne! If you look at the ingredients in your face wash, you may see salicylic acid listed as an ingredient. It works by shedding dead skin cells, opening up your pores, and preventing your pores from being clogged. Strawberries also contain malic acid, which whitens teeth, which is why Tom’s of Maine, a natural personal care company, puts strawberries into some of their toothpastes.

So, how can you reap strawberry’s health benefits? Easy! Here are a few quick ways:

  • Eat them! Just by eating strawberries, your teeth will naturally whiten. Of course, you have to make sure you brush your teeth, too, because strawberries still contain sugar.
  • Wash a strawberry, cut it open,  and rub it all over your face in the morning, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off. This will open your pores, give your face a nice wake-up call, and make your face smell sweet and fruity.
  • Crush up strawberries into your favorite shampoo, face wash, or body wash to exfoliate skin all over your body, and get rid of dandruff naturally.

Over the weekend, my “twin” Sani and I experimented with the natural benefits of strawberries by making a super-simple mask that I discovered in the book Eco Beauty by Lauren & Janice Cox, an excellent book for beginners in the diy beauty department {like me!}.

“Fresh Strawberry Mask” by Lauren & Janice Cox:

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons honey

What you do:

1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender {the recipe doesn’t say to cut off the leafy green part of the strawberry, but Sani & I decided to} and blend on high speed until smooth.

2. Pull your hair back and put on a shower cap {or, if you only have one if you’re nice enough to give it to your friend, wear a fuzzy hat instead!}

3. After cleansing with your usual face wash, spread 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture all over your face & neck {yes, we realize we look very silly and like we have lots of acne — I promise those are just the strawberry seeds!}

leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse!

Your skin may feel a little tight afterwards {we know ours did}, so we used a very light, oil-free, face cream after our skin was dry.

I realize that strawberries are not currently in season over here in CT, but making a strawberry mask is still much less expensive than going to a spa or buying a mask, especially since you probably already have the other ingredients.

Here are a few links to learn more about the health & cosmetic benefits of strawberries:

Planet Green: Whiten Teeth with Strawberries

eHow: How to Brighten Dull Skin & Clear Up Blemishes with Strawberries

Spa Index: Strawberry Hand and Foot Exfoliant

Hub Pages: the Amazing Health Benefits of Strawberry


1 Comment

  1. Sani   •  

    my face turned out so smooth afterwards…
    It was so much fun!! :) Also this blog rocks!!
    Props <3

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