I love, love, love strawberries. Of course you can enjoy them on their own or in a salad, but you might want to start putting a few on your face. These guys are loaded with vitamin C – even beating out oranges! And vitamin C gives your skin a major boost, destroying free radicals and assisting in collagen production.
The little powerhouses are also rich in alpha-hydroxy acids which help exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin, making strawberries a perfect ingredient for dull or acne-prone skin.
Here are four DIY strawberry beauty recipes to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten your skin!
1. Whitening Strawberry Teeth Scrub
Strawberries can act as a natural bleaching agent to whiten teeth. The malic acid in strawberries removes surface stains while vitamin C fights plaque. Combine 1 mushed strawberry (stem removed) with a teaspoon of baking soda. Dip a toothbrush or your finger into the mixture and brush your teeth for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and finish with regular flossing and brushing. Repeat twice a month.
2. Zit-Zapping Strawberry Face Peel
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid which acts as a chemical peel to reduce acne and lesions. The vitamin C and AHAs in lemons and strawberries exfoliate and reduce the appearance of age spots.
Crush 3-5 non-coated aspirin into a fine powder. Mix with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and let the aspirin dissolve for a couple of minutes. Then add the juices from 1 mashed strawberry. Dip a cotton ball into the liquid and apply to your face (avoiding the eyes). Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water to reveal your glowing skin.
3. Brightening Almond Strawberry Scrub
This pretty scrub is so tasty you might be tempted to turn it into a snack. But it’s a great way to get strawberry’s glowing benefits all over. Combine 3-4 mashed strawberries with 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup almond oil. Mix together and apply in circular motions over your entire body just before showering.
4. Moisturizing Strawberry Honey Face Mask
If you have dry or mature skin, this face mask combines the exfoliating power of strawberries with the moisturizing benefits of honey. Combine 5 mashed strawberries with 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Rinse mask after 15 minutes and follow with moisturizer. Your skin will feel so dewy and refreshed!9