Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe used to rub mashed strawberries all over her face for a naturally pink-hued glow.
It seems she may have been onto something because strawberries are quite the superstar skincare ingredient. Nowadays, you'll find strawberry popping up in a range of skincare products including face washes, serums, and moisturizers. You can even make your own DIY strawberry face mask to reap the skin-brightening benefits of this summer berry (more on that later!).
Keep scrolling to hear all the skincare benefits of strawberry -- and the best products to find it in.
It's Naturally Exfoliating
Strawberries contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) which help to cleanse the skin, dissolve dead skin cells, and remove excess oil. Loaded with vitamin C, folic acid, and antioxidants, this berry can also help fight off free radicals for a healthy, glowing complexion.
The best part is that the vitamin C present in strawberry is different than that of orange vitamin C. It's less acidic, which means it's suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Plus, it won't leave your skin feeling parched.
If you're looking for a gentle exfoliator that won't leave your skin red, dry, and sore, we recommend opting for a strawberry-infused product.
Recommended product: Truly's Berry Cheeky Butt Polish.
It Slows Down Aging
According to research, using topical products containing strawberries may help counteract the effects of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
Strawberry contains alpha lipoid acid, a potent antioxidant known for slowing down the loss of collagen and elastin in skin. Other antioxidants present in strawberries include vitamin C, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins.
These are all key players in collagen production and synthesis, preventing wrinkles on the skin and promoting youthful, glowing skin. As antioxidants, they also protect the skin against UV damage, thereby preventing skin damage.
Incorporate strawberry skincare products into your daily skincare routine to reverse and prevent aging.
"Strawberries, or fragriaria chiloensis extract, is a wonderful hydrator due to the high amount of carbohydrates it contains and skin protectant due the antioxidants," says Dr. James Heskett, holistic MD.
That's why you'll find strawberry in hydrating products like serums, lotions, and face masks. They help promote nourished, healthy skin. Anyone with dry skin? Quench your skin with strawberry!
Recommended product: Truly's Berry Cheeky Butt Butter.
It Prevents Breakouts
Since strawberries are high in vitamin C, this makes them extremely effective at reducing inflammation associated with acne. Even studies show the promising effects strawberries has on acne. On top of that, strawberry contains salicylic acid, a well-known acne fighter that removes dead skin, attacks acne-causing bacteria, and prevents future blemishes.
The vitamin C present in strawberries means it has an acidic nature, which can help remove excessive oil from the skin which might be responsible for pimples. Strawberry-infused skincare is particularly effective for oily skin and acne-prone skin.
Recommended product: Truly's Berry Cheeky Clearing Butt Serum.
It Reduces Hyperpigmentation
Ellagic acid and salicylic acid work together to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It's said to also improve skin tone. For best results, make it a regular part of your routine to see visible results.
One of strawberries' most famous qualities: its skin-brightening effects.
That's because strawberries contain sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP), a version of vitamin C known to brighten the skin.
In other words, using strawberry-formulated skincare products can improve overall skin health, and enhance your glow!
Recommended product: Truly's Hotter in Person Bronze & Blur Cream.
Both can benefit the skin equally. So you don't have to choose between eating fresh strawberries or applying products formulated with strawberries to your skin to enjoy all of its benefits. Go ahead and do both!
Eating strawberries can be beneficial because this fresh fruit is loaded with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin A. All of which offer health benefits such as fighting off oxidative stress and inflammation for improved health. Start whipping up some strawberry smoothies to reap all its benefits!
At the same time, applying topical products made with strawberry on your skin can treat everything from dryness to dullness to aging, and more. While there's not much scientific evidence to support the idea that applying strawberries topically will transform your skin, we know enough to say they're worth incorporating into one's skincare regimen.
A small study from 2019 found anti-aging benefits associated with a vitamin C serum containing strawberry. These benefits included improvements in skin hydration and elasticity. Other studies note its positive impact on acne.
Overall, we recommend both eating and applying strawberries to enjoy all the benefits of this skin-brightening fruit. It's clear that strawberry can improve your health, your skin, and your overall wellness.
If you like creating your own lotions and potions at home, why not give this DIY strawberry face mask recipe a go? It's quick, easy, and very effective!
What you'll need:
How to make:
Start by mashing up the strawberries and mixing them with yogurt, honey, or milk. Yogurt and milk are best if you have irritated skin as they can help reduce inflammation. Honey is best for treating breakouts and adding moisture to the skin.
Apply the mask all over your face and neck, ensuring everywhere is covered. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Follow up with a nourishing face cream and SPF. Easy!
You really can't go wrong with strawberry. There's no denying this summer berry can transform both your skin and your health. To get the most out of strawberry, be sure to include it both in your diet and your skincare routine. Pretty soon, you'll be brighter, smoother, and softer than ever before. Just make sure you're consistent. If you're not applying it regularly, you won't see the results you seek. When it comes to skincare, consistency is key.