Ah, the beautiful, succulent and delicious Strawberry. Spring is here and that means the strawberry is now in season. In honor of this timeless fruit, we bring to you the Strawberry, two ways. In this part one post (of two), we’re highlighting how to use Strawberries as part of your beauty regimen. Strawberries are not only one of the most nutritious foods to eat, their soft texture and natural sugars make them ripe for beauty products too. So, next time you’re picking up a batch of berries from the local market or strawberry patch, why not try something new?
Here are three fresh ideas to try at home from Amanda, our lead events stylist and in-house beauty expert!
1. Strawberry Teeth Whitener
The perfect option for those with sensitive teeth Strawberries contain malic acid, which acts as an astringent to remove surface discoloration. Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural toothcleanser, buffing away stains from wine, coffee, and dark sodas. Not only is this affordable, it also tastes better than all those other store bought options out there! Plus, it’s real stuff from the earth. Can’t get much better than that!
Crush 1 strawberry into a pulp, add 1⁄2 tablespoon baking soda and apply to teeth with a soft toothbrush. Allow mixture to sit for 35 minutes and then brush, floss and rinse as usual. *Tip = strawberries are very acidic, so make sure to limit this treatment to once a week. Don’t be scared off by the strawberry color…we promise your teeth will not be stained red!
2. Strawberry Face Mask
For dull, sun damaged or acneprone skin Exfoliate, brighten and renew your complexion with this DIY at home mask! Strawberries are packed with vitamin C (antioxidant) and rich in alphahydroxy acid (aids in exfoliation). Honey is a great antioxidant, it’s also antibacterial, clarifying, moisturising and soothing. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which also aids in exfoliation and antiaging.
You will need about 5 fresh strawberries, a spoonful of plain unsweetened yogurt, and a spoonful of honey. Mash strawberries before adding honey and yogurt. Mix all of the ingredients together and spread evenly across your face. Leave on for 1015 minutes, then rinse off with warm water and clean wash cloth to reveal fresh, glowing skin.
3. Strawberry Detox Water
A refreshing drink that helps to flush away unwanted toxins in your body. Strawberries add in flavor, antioxidants and skin enhancing nutrients. Lemon juice cleanses, alkalizes, and boosts the immune system, while mint leaves a cool flavor and helps to settle the stomach.
All you need is a handful of sliced up strawberries, a few lemon wedges, and a couple sprigs of mint. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher of water and set aside in the fridge while the flavors build up. Serve chilled.