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Not just delicious, a strawberry is also a great skincare additive, especially due to its mildly astringent properties. Strawberry flesh and juice is recommended mainly for oily skin to improve texture, minimize greasiness and encourage a healthy and more radiant complexion. The ellagic acids in strawberries appear to inhibit the growth of tumors (cancer cells). They are also a good source of salicylic acid that removes dead cells and clean pores.
Strawberry helps in soothing sunburned skin, skin blemishes as well as discolored teeth. An alternative to placing cucumber on the eyes,is to place a sliced strawberry to reduce any puffiness. They are known to fight heart disease and provide a number of vitamins and minerals that support overall human health. Adding strawberries to your diet, will help to build a healthy immune system. In addition to various nutrients and minerals, strawberries are also an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Packed with immense health benefits, strawberries when added to beauty recipes for skin exude magic.Try out these homemade recipes made with this luscious fruit as main ingredient.
Kiwi Cucumber Strawberry Facial Cleanser – Blend 5 to 6 strawberries, 1 kiwi, peeled and 1/2 cucumber to a smooth paste, not a runny mixture. If the mixture is slightly runny, add a little oatmeal until the potion is of a proper consistency. Apply to your face and neck area with a gentle massage to exfoliate the skin. Let the paste settle on your skin for 10 minutes and then rinse well with warm water. Your skin will feel fresh and clean.
Strawberry Facemask – Combine 2 or 3 ripe strawberries with 2 tbsp of finely grounded oats and 1 drop of lemon essential oil to form a paste. Spread the paste on to the face and neck area with fingertips. Relax for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water followed by a toner and moisturiser. The pieces of strawberry seeds aid in the skin treatment process.
Antioxidant mask with Strawberry and Papaya – ½ papaya, 4 strawberries, 1 tbsp rolled oats, 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. Grind the oats, blend papayas and strawberries until smooth and warm honey until it is flowing freely. Combine and mix all the ingredients well. Apply this mixture onto the face and let it remain for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water followed with moisturiser.
For beautiful and radiant skin – mash 1 or 2 strawberries mixing them with water to form a smooth paste. Apply the paste onto your face and neck overnight. Rinse it off thoroughly in the morning.
Face Lifting Face Pack – 3 to 4 strawberries, 5-6 grapes, 1/2 pear, 1/2 apple and 1 ounce of orange juice. Before putting this paste on apply a coat of honey which is later on covered with this fruit mixture. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse it with lukewarm water. For the final rinse use apple cider vinegar diluted with four parts water to give your face, a perfect lift.
Strawberry Mask – 4 to 5 strawberries, 1 tbsp. milk and 1 tbsp. cornstarch. Mix all the three ingredients to make a paste to be applied onto your face for 20 minutes. Rinse it first with warm water, then with cold water. You can improve this mask by finishing with a mild astringent and then a light moisturizer. You can use this mask for a week when kept in the fridge.
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