The berry, albeit small, is packed with a cache full of vitamins and antioxidants. They contain ‘anthocyanosides’ which are phytochemicals that strengthen the skin and help keep it elastic by fortifying the collagen make-up of the epidermis. And remember, frozen berries work just as well as fresh ones and they are less expensive!
Strawberry Body Polish
To polish off dead skin cells and give your skin a healthy glow.
• 8 large strawberries
• ½ cup fine sea salt
• 5 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp. almond essential oil
• 1 tbsp liquid soap (unscented)
In a small blender, pulse together the strawberries and sea salt. Transfer to a small bowl. Add the oils and mix. Now slowly add the liquid soap and stir slowly so as not to make any bubbles. Allow the mixture to rest for 30 minutes.
Wet your skin and massage into skin while in the shower. Rinse well. Be careful not to slip!
Blast-Off Blueberry Face Mask
To exfoliate, clear pores and soften skin.
• 10 blueberries
• ½ cup water
• 1 tbsp dried camomile buds
• 3 tbsp. yogurt
• 1 tbsp. honey
Boil the water. Add the chamomile buds and allow steeping for 5 minutes. Mash the blueberries with the back of a fork on a small plate. Mix the honey and the yogurt in with the mashed blueberries. Transfer mixture to a small bowl. Now strain the water from the camomile and add the liquid to the mask. Mix well. Apply to face and neck. Leave for 20 minutes. Rinse well. Pat face dry.
Strawberry Tooth Sparkle
To gently remove food stains and whiten your teeth.
• 3 ripe strawberries
• ½ tsp. baking soda
In a small bowl, crush the strawberries with the back of a fork. Mash in the baking soda until well-mixed. Apply the mixture to your teeth and gently scrub around your teeth with your index finger for at least 60 seconds. Rinse well.
The berry may be one of nature’s smallest fruits but it more than makes up for its size by packing a wallop of a punch full of good things to make you berry-licious and beautiful! Heed nature’s call by taking advantage of the bountiful berry when the occasion calls for some pampering!