Who knew that strawberries, one of the world’s most adorable and delicious fruits, delivered such an impressive bounty of skin-loving goodness? They may not get as much love as others out there (we’re looking at you, trendy watermelon and avocado) but strawberries are gaining momentum in the beauty sphere.
Today we’ve got the DL on all the ways strawberries can make your skin lit, which part of the fruit you’ll find in new products, and even the skin types that should reach for this ingredient. We’re also throwing you some seriously gorg product recommendations because we know that by the time you’re done learning all about strawberry skincare you’ll want in on the action.
Why Your Face Loves Strawberries
Turns out, the tiny and unsuspecting strawberry boasts a huge surplus of skin benefits. For starters, they’re super rich in vitamin C, which is one of the most effective antioxidants you can find. It also contains alpha lipoic acid, which is another antioxidant.
For those unfamiliar, antioxidants essentially protect your skin from free radicals, which can speed up signs of aging the more you’re exposed to them. (And it doesn’t matter where you live, btw. You’re definitely exposed to them). That vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid also helps brighten your skin for a more vibrant and radiant complexion.
In addition to protecting and brightening, strawberry is a legit hydrator and skin-softener. Even after the first use, you’ll notice that parched skin looks refreshed and glowy. What’s not to love about that?
The Three Main Forms of Strawberry in Skincare
Though it’s a tiny fruit, the strawberry comes in a few different forms when it comes to skincare products. The first is strawberry oil, which is pressed from the fruit and separated from any water product. You’ll also find strawberry extract in products, which is a highly concentrated form, strawberry powder (often found in masks), and even strawberry seeds that are added to products for a bit of gentle exfoliation.
Skin Types that Crave Strawberry
Because strawberry comes in so many forms, it’s an awesome ingredient for all skin types. Those with dry, mature, or combination skin will really benefit from its hydrating properties (esp. strawberry oil), and those seeking a brighter complexion and some antioxidant protection will benefit from the vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid.
Try on These Yummy Strawberry Products:
Perhaps one of the buzziest launches this spring comes from Volition Beauty, which might just be responsible for bringing strawberry to the forefront of the skincare community’s attention. Their new Strawberry-C Brightening Serum, $42, contains brightening strawberry extract, skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, and kakuda plum to amp up luminosity.
The fact that Jill Stuart somehow managed to make strawberries even cuter than they already are is a feat worthy of an award. The brand’s shiny new Strawberry Whipped Rouge, $24, which contains both strawberry extract and strawberry flavor/scent, is a limited edition lip cream that doubles as a blush. The packaging includes a tiny Swarovski crystal and pink metal detailing that’ll make you feel bougie every time you pull it out of your purse.
If it’s straight strawberry oil you’re seeking, BYBI 100% Cold Pressed Strawberry Seed Oil, $17, is your girl. You can apply it straight to your skin or add it to any of your current products — including your fave foundation or moisturizer — as a brightening, nourishing booster.
Are you guys excited to try strawberry in your skincare or are you good just serving them with cream? Let us know in the comments below.