Discover benefits of berries for skin! Strawberries are in season from late Spring to early Summer. They can be eaten different ways. Eat strawberries with salads, cereals, oatmeal, cakes, pies, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies or in other ways.
Regular or organic strawberries are available at your local farmers market and grocery shops. Picking strawberries at a strawberry field can be a fun activity with family and friends.
Advantages of STRAWBERRIES for SKIN
Advantages of ANTIOXIDANTS: Antioxidants are chemical compounds or substances that inhibit oxidation. They are the body’s buddy. They seek out, neutralize and destroy free radicals that wreak havoc on the body. Free radicals speed up the aging process by breaking down collagen and reducing oxygen levels in cells. When free radicals overcome antioxidants, aged or bad skin conditions may develop such as wrinkling, pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions.
ANTIOXIDANT FRUITS: berries, apples, oranges, plums, red grapes, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, mangos, pears, bilberries, cantaloupe and more. Antioxidant fruits improve skin condition and boost the immune system.
Advantages of VITAMIN C: Strawberries have a particularly high content of vitamin C. Vitamin C has anti-aging properties. Reduce appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes.
SALICYLIC ACID: Strawberries contain salicylic acid, a natural and gentle exfoliant for skin. Eliminate build-up of dead skin cells. Lighten skin, reduce dark under eye circles, attack harmful free radicals. Fade acne scars and blemishes. Improve overall complexion.
Lighten and fade age spots, acne scars and blemishes.
ELLAGIC ACID: Protect from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Reduce the appearance of minor hyperpigmentation. Prevent hair fall or thinning hair with vitamin B5, B6 and ellagic acid.
NATURAL ASTRINGENT: Strawberries are a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory. Reduce under eye puffiness.
ACNE RELIEF: Strawberries help to reduce acne break-outs.
FOLATE: Regenerate and create new skin cells.
DIETARY FIBER: Eliminate toxins.
SKIN CARE TIP: You can find homemade face masks recipes using berries, online, but use with care. The salicylic acid in strawberries may be too drying and harsh for sensitive skin. Never use a face mask to skin prior to trying a small spot test first. Check to see if skin reacts. Rinse with cool water and discontinue immediately if skin reacts poorly with redness, inflammation, itching, burning or other irritation. Contact your healthcare provider, if needed.
STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPES:
Here are some of my favorite homemade smoothie recipes. They are easy and quick to create. You might want to try them too! Sometimes I add veggies to my smoothie recipes such as spinach, carrots or kale. Smoothies are delicious drinks! I like to experiment with meals by making my own homemade recipes. I find the mixture of foods just right for my taste. You can too! Have fun with antioxidant produce. Make your own homemade smoothie recipes!
SMOOTHIE RECIPE #1:
Coconut Water, Strawberries, Blueberries, Kiwi, Pineapple, Mango
SMOOTHIE RECIPE #2:
Almond Milk, Strawberries, Banana, Blueberries, Raspberries, Almond Butter
SMOOTHIE RECIPE #3:
Orange Juice, Strawberries, Banana, Blueberries, Apple