Food for your face: Strawberries
The humble strawberry. This bright red, juicy, sweet fruit with its characteristic aroma is loved by many. It can be eaten fresh, or used to make jams, pies, chocolates, yoghurts and desserts – oh how we’re dreaming of strawberry ice cream! Strawberries are also a popular ingredient used in fragrances, lip gloss, shampoo, soap, and of course skincare. Who doesn’t want to smell like a strawberry? That was, of course, a rhetorical question. Let’s take a closer look at this wonderous fruit and our top strawberry skin care picks.
5 food facts
- Strawberries are packed full of antioxidants, including manganese, folate, potassium, and vitamins C, K, and E.
- Strawberries contain higher levels of vitamin C than oranges (one cup contains over 100% of the daily recommended intake), making them the perfect fruit to aid in the fight against free radical damage.
- Strawberries provide a wealth of health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, increasing HDL (good) cholesterol, and preventing against heart disease.
- Containing both quinic acid and salicylic acid, strawberries are a powerful anti-inflammatory food.
- Strawberries also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which help to brighten your complexion and fade the appearance of dark spots.
5 fun facts
- Strawberries are the only fruit that has its seeds on the outside.
- The strawberry is not actually a berry; neither are blackberries or raspberries, though bananas are! It’s actually a Pseudocarp, or ‘false fruit’. Strawberries consist of many tiny individual fruits all embedded in a fleshy vessel. It’s actually the tiny specks the strawberries are covered in that are the true fruits (achenes), and each one of these specks surrounds a tiny seed.
- Strawberries belong to the rosaceae family, along with pears, apples, plums, cherries, almonds, blackberries and of course, roses.
- One average sized strawberry contains 200 seeds.
- The Romans used strawberries to alleviate a variety of illnesses and diseases, from depression, to fever and sore throats, to blood disease, to sunburn, blemishes and other skin issues.
Face the facts: Strawberries
The sweet taste of the humble strawberry makes it the perfect addition to a multitude of baked goods, while the sweet aroma makes for a desirable addition to fragrances. For skin care products, while the fragrance is definitely a plus, it’s the powerhouse of antioxidants and nutrients that make it a winning ingredient.
The high levels of vitamin C contained in strawberries make them the ultimate ingredient for fighting against free radical damage, and in turn the visible signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Containing salicylic acid, strawberries are also fantastic for treating inflammation and acne prone skin. The salicylic acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells and removes excess oil to clear pores to help prevent future breakouts.
Ready to incorporate strawberries into your skin care routine? Check out our favourite strawberry products below!