Strawberries are a fun summer berry irresistible to almost everyone. You may be surprised to learn though that in addition to being a delicious fruit, strawberries are an excellent natural beauty product. Use these 7 ways to incorporate the beneficial and natural effects of strawberries into your beauty routine.
1. SILKY AND SHINY HAIR
Overripe strawberries work best for this, so if you have a few that are almost too ripe to eat, use them in a hair mask instead! Mash up 7-8 strawberries with a tablespoon of mayonnaise until it’s turned into a paste. Apply this thoroughly to the hair and scalp, making sure that it’s fully covering. Leave in for about 20 minutes and then wash your hair out with shampoo. You’ll notice that your hair has gotten an instant shine boost with this simple tip.
2. WHITE TEETH
Although they have a red color, strawberries are a natural way to whiten your teeth without turning to harsh chemicals. Simply apply the fresh pulp of a strawberry directly on your teeth to clean them naturally. You can also mix a little baking soda into a strawberry mix and apply to your teeth, leaving on for a minute or so. Regular use of strawberries as a tooth paste will help your teeth to get a little brighter every time you use it.
3. GET RID OF UNDER-EYE PUFFINESS
Strawberries contain natural compounds that work as anti-inflammatories. If you’ve gotten a poor night’s rest, but still want to look good, slice up a fresh strawberry and then lie down in a cool place. Place the slices underneath your eyes and let them sit for about 10 minutes. You can rinse your skin off and notice how the natural compounds in the berries work to get rid of your puffiness. Use this as needed to get rid of puffiness or bags that form under your eyes.
4. AN EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB THAT SMELLS GREAT
Forget about artificial strawberry smell, you can get the real thing by making your own body scrub. Simply mash 10-12 ripe strawberries together to make a paste. Add a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of olive oil to the mixture. Then apply the paste to your body, moving in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate off any dead skin cells. This strawberry scrub works to get rid of dry, dull skin and helps new skin cells to regenerate while also providing moisture and helping your skin to achieve a healthy glow. Mix up this scrub every time you want to exfoliate for the best results!
5. GLOWING, NATURAL SKIN
Strawberry juice contains multiple compounds and antioxidants which work to refresh your skin cells, and help you to achieve a healthy glow. This is especially a great idea when your skin appears dull. For an easy refresher at any time, cut a strawberry in half and then rub the halves over your face, applying a thin layer of the juice to your skin. Leave on for a few minutes and then rinse off with cool water. The results are amazing and you’ll notice how this works as a great pick-me-up at any time of day.
6. FOOT SCRUB
Mix up your own foot scrub to get smooth and soft feet. Mash up 8-10 strawberries, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix all the ingredients together to forma smooth paste and then apply to your feet. Massage them gently with the scrub for a few minutes, making sure to spend extra time on rough spots. Let sit for a few minutes for the oil and strawberry to penetrate thick skin and then rinse off and follow up with a moisturizer.
7. NATURAL ACNE TREATMENT
If you struggle with acne, strawberries can help to decrease breakouts. Take about 7 strawberries and mash them into a paste, adding a tablespoon of sour cream. Apply to your face and then leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and use this remedy twice a week for the best results. You’ll notice a change in your skin tone and less acne when used consistently.