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.
The Body Shop
Strawberry Puree Body Lotion, $12
Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, $35