Strawberries pack the double punch of high levels of vitamin C and ellagic acid," says Howard Murad, MD, FAAD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and acts as an antioxidant to prevent environmental damage. And a 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that high intake of vitamin C was associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkles and skin dryness. Ellagic acid increases skin's ability to hold moisture and, says Dr. Wu, has been shown to help fade dark spots caused by sun exposure. A new way to work the fruit into your menu: Add a touch of balsamic vinegar to pureed strawberries and use the mixture as a sweet sauce for grilled chicken.
Studies show that both ellagic acid and vitamin C in strawberries help protect skin from environmental damage, so using strawberries as part of an at-home beauty treatment could be beneficial. Try this face mask recipe from Douglas: Puree the berries in a blender and mix in chilled full-fat plain yogurt and a squirt of lemon juice (it has antiseptic properties and may help lighten dark spots). Apply the mixture to your face, leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Published November 2011, Prevention
Updated November 2011