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I always thought that strawberries were just the exotic looking fruit in the fancy boxes that my family waits for special occasions to purchase! But I recently learnt that strawberries are VERY VERY good for the skin.
- They have AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which have been used for skin rejuvenation for centuries as they improve skin texture by loosening and removing dead skin cells
- They have whitening properties, so they lighten discolourations and help improve patchy skin.
- Their salicylic acid content also helps in combating acne and blackheads.
Surprising, isn’t it? I had no idea that this unassuming little fruit was such a bundle of goodness. Like in all other home fruit packs, strawberry can be mashed/pureed and applied directly on the face and removed in a general scrubbing motion for an instant glow. It can also be mixed with honey to make a moisturizing mask for dry skin. Another great trick is to rub a whole strawberry against your teeth – if you don’t die laughing or end up eating the fruit – you’ll see your pearly whites looking better than ever!
Of course, strawberries aren’t available all year round and not all of us have time for amusing little DIY experiments, so I’ve reviewed below three of the strawberry products that I’ve been using regularly and that too even before I know about its many benefits. (Yes, I admit it – I’m a sucker for pink products!!!)
Lakme Strawberry Facewash (Rs. 99 for 100g)
I’m the last one you’ll hear raving about Lakme products. But I’ve been using this facewash since my school days and I haven’t stopped since!
What it promises – Gentle exfoliation for smooth skin.
Why I love it – This facewash is the most refreshing way to start my morning. I love its fragrance and how fresh and squeaky clean it leaves my oily/combination skin feeling, without drying it out. Plus, its affordability factor means that I never have to feel guilty about how many tubes I go through!
What’s not so great about it – While it is a good basic facewash that has never broken me out, the little beads in this facewash barely exfoliate. It doesn’t remove “impurities from the innermost pores” and I still have to use a scrub for my blackheads and occasional whiteheads.
Would I repurchase? Well, I have been for years and years now but only as a ‘pick me up’ in the morning. This facewash does not live up to its claims of exfoliation. So for that, I use a mix of sugar and honey every night, which both exfoliates gently and moisturises. 🙂
My rating –
TBS Strawberry Body Puree Body Lotion (Rs. 495 for 250 ml)
What it promises – This gel-like moisturiser promises to cool, refresh and hydrate the skin.
Why I love it – This is a lightweight moisturiser that is perfect for the summers as it is easily absorbed into the skin and does not leave a greasy layer. I don’t know about cooling (haven’t felt any cooling sensation) but it does keep the skin hydrated till evening if I apply this after a shower every morning. I like the pump dispenser as well because that lets me control the amount of lotion I’m getting out of the bottle! This makes it very very long lasting.
What’s not so great about it – The smell!!! This has such a cloying strawberry scent that I have to almost hold my breath for a few minutes after I apply it. However, the intense fragrance calms down after a while and the benefits are plenty so I guess it’s worth it!
Would I repurchase? I have been for the past two summers! But I would not recommend this to people with dry skin as I don’t think it would be hydrating enough even during the summers!
My rating –
TBS Strawberry Bath and Shower Gel (Rs. 325 for 250ml)
What it promises – A refreshing cleansing gel that lathers up in the bath or shower to leave your skin feeling clean, fresh and subtly scented.
Why I love it – It cleanses well but is not too harsh on the skin because its soap free! I use this in combination with the TBS loofah (it’s a cute red poofy thing) on those days when I want a bit of exfoliation but otherwise, I use it like liquid soap! It also lasts really long because a little goes a long way – so it’s good value for money.
What’s not so great about it – This is something I find in almost all shower gels – you can never tell whether the product has been washed off you skin completely. It leaves a slippery soapy sort of feel for a few minutes so I make extra sure that it’s all washed off. The smell is a bit similar to the puree; however it isn’t as strong and doesn’t linger – phew!
Would I repurchase? I’m eyeing the Satsuma shower gel next, so maybe not. But I’d recommend it wholeheartedly!
My rating –
Have any of you tried these products? What did you think?
P.S. The Lakme Face wash contains Sodium Laureth Sulphate, an ingredient that is found in many facewashes, shampoos and is said to be carcinogenic. I’m probably going to be looking for an alternative, even if it’ll pinch my pocket a bit more! Any suggestions?