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8 Ways To Use Strawberries In Your Beauty Routine

There’s nothing quite like the sweet taste of ripe strawberries. And you want to know something that makes strawberries even sweeter? They’re wonderfully versatile in DIY beauty hacks. Thanks to their natural alpha-hydroxy acid (which helps get rid of dead skin cells), vitamin C, exfoliator-like seeds and antioxidants, they’re the perfect solution to your worst beauty problems.

Whiten Teeth

This is perhaps the best strawberry beauty hack, as it allows you to still taste the berries. To lift stains, simply mush strawberries and rub them on your teeth for a minute or so. The natural malic acid in strawberries will lift stains right off. Because of the sugars and acid, just make sure to brush right afterwards to keep teeth strong.

Exfoliate Skin

You can handle this in one of two ways: either cut a berry in half and rub it on your face or puree strawberries and apply the puree to your face. Either way, let the berry juice sit there several minutes, and then rinse. The alpha-hydroxy acid will help get rid of dead skin cells, without a harsh scrub.

Lighten Lips

Strawberries can also help brighten up lips, since the seeds will burnish away dead skin and the acids will promote cell turnover. Mush some strawberries, and scrub your lips for a couple minutes with the mush. Let it sit on your skin for several minutes, then rinse.

Fight Acne

Thanks to the acidic nature of strawberries, they’re great for drying skin. They’ll lick excess oil, a main problem that leads to blemishes. If you have oily skin, you’ll want to try this facemask: combine a couple heaping handfuls of ripe strawberries with a dollop of plain yogurt (the lactic acid in yogurt will also get rid of oil). Mash the two together to form a paste, and then apply that to your skin. Leave for 10 minutes, then rinse.

Tone Your Skin

The antioxidants in strawberries will help tone your skin as they prevent and repair damage. When combined with rosewater, another natural toner, they’re a toning powerhouse (rosewater is a natural moisturizer, pH balancer and is also loaded with antioxidant goodness). Simply juice the strawberries, and then add a few tablespoons of the juice to three to four ounces of rosewater.

Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes

Strawberries are a natural astringent and have anti-inflammatory properties. Simply slice up a strawberry, and put one slice under each eye. Leave on for 10 minutes. Take off, rinse and complete with a moisturizer.

Scrub Rough Feet

Since strawberries work as an exfoliator, they can help you get rid of unsightly calloused skin on your feet. Combine two heaping handfuls of ripe strawberries, an eighth of a cup of coconut oil and a small handful of kosher salt. Mix, scrub the affected area and then rinse.

Lighten Dark Marks

Because strawberries have so much vitamin C, exfoliating acid and antioxidants, they naturally lighten scars and freckles. Mash a couple of large strawberries, and add a splash of raw honey. Let the mixture sit on the affected area for a few minutes, and then rinse. Complete daily until you see the results you want. It may take a few weeks.

Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.