Ruth Griffin: Strawberries & creams
From smoothies to face masks, scrubs to make-up, strawberries are summer's beauty boosters
The amazing heat wave has us all a bit muddled. More used to muggy, cloudy, moist summer months, we're a bit confused to have faced a summer, thus far, filled with sunshine and beautiful clear blue skies.
And it seems we're not the only ones to have been somewhat unsettled by these glorious sunny days - our strawberry crops have peaked earlier this year due to the heatwave. Farmers have informed us that we are due a bumper crop of ripe delicious strawberries in abundant amounts very soon.
This is great news for all the beauty buffs out there, because all serious beauty followers know strawberries are little powerhouses that are unbelievably beneficial for our skin and health. So, what to do with this bumper crop?
We can freeze them for making delicious nourishing smoothies all year round, we can make face masks, face scrubs and even whiten our teeth with these lovely little heart-shaped fruits.
By eating them and using them topically, we are nourishing our skin and bodies with mega amounts of Vitamin C, anti-oxidants and natural acids that nibble safely and gently away at dead and dying skin. Read on for some succulent, strawbelicious beauty-boosting inspiration.
Treat Vs Cheat
Fresh Sugar Face Polish With Real Strawberry
From one of Meghan Markle's go-to skincare brands, this is a super-luxe strawberry face scrub option. From harrods.com
Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub
A more budget-friendly alternative is from one of Kylie Jenner's favourite skincare lines. From Harvey Nichols
3 of the best strawberry treats
Philosophy Strawberry Soda Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath
For a sweet, but not sickly, handy 3-in-1 shampoo, shower wash and bubble bath. €19 from Boots nationwide.
Eminence Strawberry and Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum
Use on face and neck under your normal moisturiser for a shot of organic hydration. ¤45, from salons nationwide and eminence.ie.
A’Pieu Strawberry Milk Mask
For a fun and deep acting facial sheet mask — that you may want to actually eat — try this Korean option. €2.50 at Brown Thomas.