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Strawberries Bursting with Skin-Care Benefits

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Strawberry extract protects skin cells against UVA damage, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry.

We love it when something we already love gets even better. And while we're not replacing our SPF 45 with strawberries and cream quite yet, the research found that strawberry extract increases cell survival and decreases damage in cells that were exposed to ultraviolet A radiation.

A team at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy conducted the research, in which they prepared human skin cell cultures or fibroblasts, and added strawberry extract in varying concentrations alongside a control sample. Each fibroblast sample was exposed to a burst of UVA that was “equivalent to 90 minutes of midday summer sun in the French Rivera,” the Servicio de Información y Noticias Cientificas reports.

The results? The fibroblasts with the highest concentration of strawberry extract—about 0.5mg/ml—displayed photoprotective properties. Which means that down the line, strawberry extract may be a common ingredient in sunprotectants and the newest trend in skin care.

Anthocyanins are the expected protagonists of photoprotection in strawberries. The water-soluble pigments exhibit as red, purple, and blue colors in fauna and contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

These findings are relatively new and require further study, but since it’s currently summer and the season to indulge in everything red, fruity, and berry-infused, here are three products that contain strawberry seed oil and extract.

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1 This lightweight lotion contains strawberry seed oil and rehydrates dry skin after bathing.

2 In addition to strawberry and rhubarb, this exfoliating product contains other natural ingredients like rice starch, chickpea flour, and grape leaf oil.

3 This sport spray from a company specializing in organic suncare contains a ton of certified organic ingredients like aloe, cucumber, and raspberry seed oil. While ‘strawberry’ is listed under inactive ingredients, perhaps that will change.

The Body Shop
Strawberry Puree Body Lotion, $12

Éminence Organics
Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, $35

COOLA
Sport SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray, $32

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