The heart-shaped silhouette of a strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for. LOVE. Love yourself, love your skin, and love your body.

For many generations, freshly squeezed strawberry juice has been a proven remedy to reduce freckles and age spots.

Strawberries have many secret beauty benefits. Even scientists have long called strawberries a kind of philosopher’s stone for their magic youth-beauty-health properties. This is a rare case when folk and scientific medicines are unanimous in their opinion.

The heart-shaped silhouette of a strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for. This tiny fruit has earned the title as one of the most heart-healthy fruits you can eat. It protects your heart, increases HDL (good) cholesterol, lowers your blood pressure, and guards against cancer. A recent study by British scientists from the Warwick Medical School proved that regular consumption of strawberries activates the Nrf2 protein in our body, which increases the content of antioxidants in the blood and lowers cholesterol and lipids.

 

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

 

Magic content of  magic berries

 

First of all, magic beauty and health benefits are the merits of strawberries’ rich antioxidant composition: it contains a lot of vitamins C (71% of the Daily Value, DV), K, B2, B5, B6, manganese (18% DV), potassium, and carotene.

Citric and malic acids form the major organic acids found in strawberry fruit, representing more than 90% of the total organic acid content.

Strawberries are packed with unique phytochemicals including ellagitannin, flavonoids, such as anthocyanins, flavanols, flavonols and phenolic acids and hydroxycinnamic acid. Strawberries contain higher levels of flavonoid fisetin than other fruits. Although seeds comprise only about 1% of total fresh weight of a strawberry, they contribute 11% of the total polyphenol in the whole fruit; achene phytochemicals include ellagic acid, and ellagic acid glycosides.

Raw strawberries are 91% water, 8% carbohydrates, and 1% protein. A 100 gram serving of strawberries supplies 33 kilocalories.

 

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

 

Strawberry’s fruit acids accelerate the skin cells renewal, have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, whiten the skin and regulate the sebaceous glands.

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

 

  1. Prolong the youthfulness of your skin. The berry contains the antioxidant ellagic acid, which prevents the breakdown of collagen. Its deficiency is one of the main reasons for the wrinkles formation. Ellagic acid protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation, which in turn also prevents wrinkles.
  2. Reduce acne. One of the most common causes of acne is an excessive accumulation of sebum in the pores. The high content of vitamin C in strawberries helps to get rid of its excess and gently cleanse the skin.
  3. Brighten the skin. Strawberry juice is very effective in lightening blemishes and scars, as well as acne. Ellagic acid reduces dark spots and evens out skin tone.
  4. Reduce puffiness under the eyes. Strawberries, like cucumbers, help reduce puffiness and lighten dark circles under the eyes. Put the berry slices on your eyes and leave for 15 minutes. After that, you just have to wash your face and enjoy the effect.
  5. Reduce freckles and age spots: For many generations, freshly squeezed strawberry juice has been a proven remedy to reduce freckles and age spots. With this natural tonic full of fruit acids, you can wipe your skin 2-3 times a day. If your skin is sensitive, it is advisable to dilute the juice with water. Many cosmetic giants use strawberry extracts for their cosmetic hits for oily and problem skin.
  6. Gently cleanse the skin. Strawberries are an excellent natural scrub, the salicylic acid in the composition helps to remove dead cells from the surface of our skin and prevents the appearance of blackheads.
  7. Have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects: Fruit acids accelerate the renewal of skin cells, have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, whiten the skin and regulate the sebaceous glands (it is not for nothing that strawberry masks and lotions are recommended for oily skin).

 

DIY strawberry masks

 

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

 

The simplest DIY mask that is suitable for all skin types and evens up the complexion is made from strawberry pulp. Mash a few berries and apply the resulting slurry on the face and neck for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and apply your favorite cream.

You can also just cut the berry in half and wipe your face with it, wait for 5 minutes and then again wipe your face with a freshly cut half for 5 minutes more. After such a strawberry massage, wash the skin with room-temperature water.

Please remember, you have to choose the ripest strawberries because they are the most dense in nutrients. Use only organic strawberries. Be careful with “all-season” greenhouse strawberries if you don’t know where and how they were grown: in addition to useful substances, they can contain quite a lot of harmful ones – pesticides, fertilizers, etc.

And do not use metal objects (including a blender) when making DIY strawberry masks: contact with metal will quickly destroy most of the vitamin C.

 

Curious facts about strawberries

 

  • Strawberry is not a berry: From a botanical point of view, the strawberry is not a berry. Technically, it is an aggregate accessory fruit, meaning that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant’s ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries. Each apparent “seed” (called achene) on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside
  • Since time immemorial, people of North America, Europe and Russia ate strawberries as late spring’s first fruit. Eaten freshly picked, they were really a treat, nature’s candy!
  • The ancient Romans thought strawberries had medicinal powers. They used them to treat everything from depression to fainting to fever, kidney stones, bad breath and sore throats.
  • In France, strawberries are believed to be an aphrodisiac due to the high nitrate content. This has been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to the muscles helping improve man’s romantic drive. Strawberries are served to newlyweds at traditional wedding breakfasts in the form of a creamy sweet soup.
  • In the United Kingdom, “strawberries and cream” is a popular dessert consumed at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
  • Americans eat an average of three-and-a-half pounds of fresh strawberries each per year.
  • Research suggests that people who load up on strawberries before exercising have greater endurance and burn more calories.
  • To store fresh strawberries, wash them and cut the stem away. However, if you plan to keep them in the fridge for a few days, wait until before you eat them to clean them. Rinsing them speeds up spoiling.
  • First garden strawberries: The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.
  • Strawberry’s production: In 2020, world production of strawberries was 8.9 million tonnes, led by China with 38% of the total, and the United States and Egypt as other significant producers. In the United States strawberries alone were a $3.5 billion market (dominated by the California growing) of which 82% was for fresh fruit.

Have we persuaded you to incorporate strawberries into your beauty regime? But please try to resist eating them straight off your face.

 

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

7 Secret beauty benefits of strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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