Are you a naturalista? Are you constantly looking for natural and healthy ways to stay healthy and maintain your beauty? Well, strawberries are the newest thing every naturalist is running towards. But whether you are a naturalist or not, we all love the freshness and juiciness of this fruit. But did you know strawberries contain antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients that can provide benefits to your skin? Strawberries, as part of a well-balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, could help play a role in improving the overall health and skin. Here are 6 benefits of strawberries for your skin:
Reduces skin damage from UV rays
Strawberries are rich in a number of antioxidants, including ellagic acid and anthocyanin. Ellagic acid applied topically has been shown to reduce skin damage from the sun’s UV rays by inhibiting certain enzymes that contribute to the collagen breakdown, and by diminishing inflammatory responses. Collagen breakdown is associated with wrinkle formation and other ageing qualities in the skin. Anthocyanin, which contributes to strawberries’ red colour when they are ripe, is an effective scavenger of free radicals. Free radicals, which are increased in the skin by UV light exposure, are associated with the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibres in the skin. Thus, where the ellagic acid and anthocyanin from the fresh strawberries you eat becomes bioavailable, those fresh strawberries may assist in reducing skin damage from UV rays.
Treats puffy eyes
If you often wake up to dark circles and puffy eyes in the morning, strawberries may be able to help. Strawberries have astringent properties that can help provide a natural way to treat puffiness in the eye area and reduce inflammation.
All you need to do is to slice a large strawberry in two and apply the slices on your eyelids while lying down. Take this time to relax for about 15 minutes. Then, remove the slices and rinse your face with cold water. Enjoy the amazing results!
Improves skin’s complexion
Strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which help to eliminate dead skin cells and cleanse the skin. If your complexion is rough and dull, applying strawberries to your skin can have noticeable results.
Strawberries also contain salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid which can help reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Salicylic acid is used in many skincare products to remove dead skin cells and tighten the pores to keep out dirt and bacteria that could cause future breakouts. The vitamin C in strawberries can also contribute to keeping skin healthy and vibrant, working as a toner to soothe irritated skin.
There is also some evidence that higher levels of acne are associated with lower blood levels of antioxidants, such as those in strawberries. Although no direct effects have been proved, some speculate that efforts to increase antioxidant levels through dietary means, including through strawberries, other fruits and nuts, could help inhibit acne.
Softens and smooths feet
If you want soft feet, you can create a mixture with strawberries, glycerin, and ground oats and scrub away that dead skin cells. First, soak your feet in warm water then apply the mixture and rub on to your skin as a natural foot scrub. The oats will remove dead skin cells and the nutrients in the strawberries will treat cracks and blemishes on your feet. After rinsing it off, apply lotion and put your feet in some cotton socks to lock everything in.
This may be the most surprising tip about strawberries – the small amount of malic acid in the strawberries can work to whiten your teeth. For a powerful, natural teeth-whitening treatment, try rubbing a sliced strawberry back and forth against your teeth. Let it sink in for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth. You’ll be surprised at how shiny and sparkling your teeth look afterwards! (Alright, tooth enamel is not exactly skin, but as it is an outer layer and this a too neat a benefit to pass up, we are going to count it as a type of skin – call it “tooth skin”).
You almost can’t go wrong with strawberries. So, try to incorporate this fruit into your daily diet and see your skin transform!