Berry Good Skin

November 15, 2010

Many people reach for harsh over the counters skin care products in order to clear up a breakout. However, most commercial products are laden with toxic chemicals; why expose yourself to hidden carcinogens when you can make your own products that work twice as well?

When I feel a zit or two coming on, I head to Whole Foods to buy an organic box of berries.


Berry Good Benefits

-Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid. The acid is able to penetrate deep within the pore, exfoliating the dead skin cells that are built up within it. Strawberries, therefore, are especially great for improving the appearance of whiteheads and blackheads.

-Strawberries are rich in the antioxidant Vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen production. Collagen is what helps skin maintain its structure; a decrease in the protein leads to lines and wrinkles.

-Strawberries contain ellagic acid; it is this acid which helps protect the skin from UV rays. Overexposure to UV rays leads to a decrease in collagen production which, in turn, can speed up the aging process.


Buy Organic

Strawberries are on the “dirty dozen” list; they are among the twelve fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. Don’t upset your skin by smearing insecticides all over it; buy organic.


Favorite Skin Care Recipes

NOTE: Do not use strawberries on irritated or sunburned skin.



Strawberry Mask


1 Tbs. mashed organic strawberries

1 Tbs. organic whole milk yogurt

1 Tbs. raw organic honey



Mix the yogurt and honey in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, mash 2-3 strawberries.

Measure out 1 Tbs of strawberries.

Add to yogurt and honey mixture.

Mix well.

Apply to face for 20-30 min.

Remove with warm washcloth.




Eye Treatment (to get rid of dark circles and puffiness)


2 strawberry slices



Rest sliced strawberries on top of closed eyelids.

Remove after 15- 20 minutes.




Strawberry Body Scrub


2 Tbs mashed strawberries

3 Tbs. sea salt

3  Tbs. sugar

1 tsp. olive oil



In a bowl, combine strawberries, sea salt, sugar, and olive oil.

Mix well.

Use as a body scrub.




Strawberry Hair Mask


2 Tbs. mashed strawberries

1 Tbs. mayonnaise



Mix strawberries and mayonnaise together.

Apply mixture to hair.

Leave in for 30 minutes.

Shampoo and condition as usual.



3 Responses to “Berry Good Skin”

  1. Stephanie said

    And for extra skin benefits you eat the rest of the box of strawberries! Peace, Stephanie

  2. […] The Organic Pharmacy’s Antioxidant Face Firming Serum. Of course, making your own masks with strawberries, resveratrol, or honey works too! […]

  3. Idk why I’m just commenting on this, but I’m soo going to Whole Foods to try these out!

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