Strawberry Skin and Health Benefits

The Wonders Of Strawberries And Their Place In Your Beauty Regime

3 beauty hacks to add a bit of goodness to your skincare.

Strawberries make a delicious and healthy snack, but did you know that they have a great purpose in your beauty regime as well? This juicy red conical fruit is packed with essential nutrients such as Vitamin C, A and K, folic acid, magnesium potassium, and calcium. And, they have powerful antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. Strawberries boost radiance and brighten dull skin because of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) in them which has been shown to help reverse signs of ageing and promote exfoliation. 

If you have acne-prone skin, you will be pleased to know that strawberries contain natural salicylic acid to unclog pores and promote cleaner and clearer skin. They also contain ellagic acid which removes the toxins from your body and protects against harmful free radicals. So, if you have any bacterial infections on your face or an acne breakout, strawberries can help to resolve this condition naturally.  For more information on an effective basic skincare routine for oily or acne-prone skin click here.

If this is not enough motivation to start incorporating strawberries into your beauty routine then we are going to make it a little bit easier to get behind these red beauties by sharing with you 3 beauty hacks that are so easy you are going to be asking yourself why you hadn’t thought of strawberry beauty sooner. All we ask is that you please try to refrain from eating them straight off your face so they have a chance to work their magic on your skin.


HACK 1: Exfoliating scrub mask

Strawberries have many benefits for your health and skin and are perfect to make nourishing and revitalizing masks. This strawberry exfoliating Scrub Mask is a face mask and scrub all in one. In this blog, we focus on the face scrub mask, but you can easily replace the sugar with salt and transform this into a body scrub. 

Ingredients & Method:

  • 1 Cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 Regular-sized strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 Teaspoon water (optional)

Place the strawberries in a blender and puree. Add the strawberry puree to a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Stir. Add the coconut oil and mix well until the oil and the puree mixture are incorporated well with no separation of liquid. If you prefer a cool mixture, then use frozen strawberries which will also serve to calm any puffiness on your face. Leave this mask on for around 10 to 15 minutes. Then gently scrub the mask in circular motions to exfoliate the dead skin cells on your face. When done, gently wipe off with a warm wet towel or face cloth. You can apply this treatment 1 to 2 times a week.

Strawberry, PRP AED 19, available at falconfresh.com

Frozen Strawberries, PRP AED 12, available at boylans.com

Fine Granulated Sugar, PRP AED 6, available at noon.com

Organic Coconut Oil, PRP AED 16, available at noon.com

HACK 2: Puffy eyes no more

No matter what your age, all women should have some tricks on how to get alleviate puffy eyes. Genetics, lifestyle, diet, and the ageing process can all contribute to the development of under-eyebags. They can strike at any age and at any time! While you cannot prevent bags from forming under your eyes, nor remove eye bags entirely once formed there are ways to smooth the delicate area under your eyes, so the puffiness is less of an eyesore. So, let’s bag those puffy eyes, shall we?

This beauty fix uses strawberries which have many benefits for your health and skin. Strawberries contain a natural form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps smooth skin, reduce puffiness and lighten dark circles. You can safely apply this treatment as often as you like.

Ingredients & Method:

  • 1 Large strawberry

You will want to use a large strawberry for this do-it-yourself beauty fix so that you cover your whole eye with one slice. Place the strawberry in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 mins. After the time’s up, remove the strawberry from the refrigerator and cut 2 thick slices. Lie down on your back and place a slice of strawberry under each eye. You will want to push down on the slice lightly to ensure there is skin contact. After 5 minutes, remove and rinse with cold water. If you prefer a more intense cooling effect, you can place your strawberry in the freezer for a few minutes.                                                                           

Fresh Halved Strawberries, PRP AED 22, available at qualityfoods.ae

HACK 3: Teeth whitening

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Exactly what we thought too – we ALL want whiter teeth! Teeth cannot seem to get white enough for us. There is a huge tooth whitening market out there – strips, dental procedures, charcoal toothpaste…. you name it and it’s available. Some of the procedures and products do work in achieving the ivory grin you are craving for. But, if you are looking for a natural way to whiten your teeth look no further than your kitchen (or garden if you can grow strawberries)! Strawberries are a great way to achieve your favourite shade of pearly-whites naturally and the best part is you don’t have all the waste that’s generated from whitening strips, so its sustainable too.

You might be thinking strawberries are far too tasty and sweet to be good for your tooth. Yes, it does seem a bit too good to be true, but strawberries contain malic acid which is a tooth-whitening agent. Strawberries do contain natural sugar so if you do try this make sure to brush afterwards with your regular toothpaste to remove all trace of the strawberries and maintain the enamel on your teeth.

Ingredients & Method:

  • 1 Small strawberry
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda

Smash the strawberry into a pulp. If this is your first time trying this out, you may want to use just the strawberries without adding in the baking soda. After this, if you feel you want a stronger whitening effect you can try the mixture with the baking soda. You will want to use a 1:1 ratio – so 1 teaspoon strawberry pulp to 1 teaspoon baking soda. It’s perfectly normal for the strawberry mixture to bubble when you use it with baking soda. You are now ready to apply!

Always use a soft toothbrush to apply the mixture onto your teeth. Leave the mixture on your teeth for 5 minutes then brush thoroughly for about 1-minute with toothpaste to remove all the strawberry/baking soda mixture. Do ensure not to push too hard with your toothbrush when brushing. You want to use a light circular motion when brushing. Rinse and floss to remove any strawberry seeds. Voila! You have whiter teeth. You can apply this strawberry/baking soda treatment once a week.

Strawberries Grown Fresh Produce Fruit Vegetables, PRP AED 175, available at ubuy.ae

Baking Soda, PRP AED 14, available at organicfoodsandcafe.com

Soft Bamboo Toothbrush, PRP AED 15, available at feelunique.com


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Back To Basics: The Skincare Routine For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

A simple and effective way to care for oily and acne prone skin types.

In our last Back to Basic Skincare Series we looked at how to implement a minimalistic skincare routine for dry and dehydrated skin with the right products. In this blog, we are reviewing a skin care routine for oily skin and sharing with you the best skincare routine for oily skin, and best products and formulations to keep your skin healthy and looking its best!

We know how difficult it can be to care for and balance out an oily skin type. The challenge is even greater for those suffering from regular acne breakouts with the wrong oily skin care routine. Although we can’t make them disappear overnight, there are ways to diminish their appearance and get your skin to be less reactive with a concise and effective regime. In order to achieve those results, we need to clear up some popular myths surrounding the skin care routine for oily skin, excess oil production and breakouts.

Oily or combination skin types are genetically predisposed. This is the type of skin that you were born with and not a condition you can treat and cure. Oily skin types exist when there is an overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands of the dermis which gives a shine and greasy look to the skin. This hyperactivity produces excess oils that overfill the pores and enlarge them. The sebum in the pores mixes with dirt and bacteria. Dead skin cells get trapped and form blackheads and whiteheads under the surface of the skin.  Blackheads and whiteheads are a different type of skin condition collectively known as acne. 

How Do I Know if I Have Oily Skin?

You can look out for the following signs and characteristics such as excessive shine. Oily skin tends to have a persistent shine, particularly in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). This shine can be noticeable throughout the day, even after washing your face. One might even notice enlarged pores. Oily skin often has visibly larger pores, especially in the aforementioned T-zone area. These pores can be more noticeable and may even be clogged with oil, debris, or blackheads.

If you suffer from frequent breakouts, that’s because oily skin is prone to acne breakouts, including whiteheads, blackheads, and other forms of pimple-like blemishes. See if your breakouts appear more frequently and may be concentrated in the T-zone. This is a sign of oily skin.

Have you noticed your makeup melting? If your makeup tends to slide off or lose its matte finish quickly, it could be an indication of oily skin. The excess oil can interfere with the adherence and longevity of makeup products.

Let’s talk about greasy texture. Oily skin often feels greasy or slick to the touch, especially on the surface of your face. When you blot your skin with a tissue or blotting paper, you may notice oil residue on the paper.

If you experience a combination of these signs, it is likely that you have oily skin.

Step-by-Step Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

The best way to address oily skin care routine, oily skin types and reduce acne is to follow a good skin care routine for oily skin that helps balance out the oil production on the skin while keeping it well hydrated and avoid any disruption on the dermis barrier. Avoid the use of any harsh or drying products such as alcohol and other astringents, or irritating ingredients like menthol, lemon, eucalyptus as well as, aromatic oils and solid rich formulations such as bar soaps that clog the pores, making matters worse by exacerbating the oil secretion on the skin.

For a simple and effective skin care routine for oily skin we recommend the following steps:

Skincare For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Step 1: Cleanser

Cleanse your skin twice daily, in the morning and night, using a mild water-soluble facial cleanser to remove excess oils and avoid buildup in the pores. As mentioned above, avoid any aggravating ingredients and/or harsh scrubs and cleansing tools. Remember, the tingling sensation does not equal cleaner skin, it’s a sign of irritation that is not good for any skin type.

Our picks:

  • Clean & Clear daily pore cleanser oil free
  • Garnier skinactive micellar foaming gel cleanser combination to oily skin, even sensitive
  • Cerave renewing SA cleanser
  • Kiehls ultra facial cleanser for all skin types

Oil-Free Daily Pore Cleanser, PRP AED 21.95, available at head2toes.ae

Micellar Gel Face Wash Sensitive Skin, PRP AED 25, available at asos.com

Foaming Cleanser Normal To Oily Skin, PRP AED 50.31, available at caretobeauty.com

Ultra Facial Cleanser, PRP AED 98, available at kiehls.ae

Step 2: Toner

This is one of the most important steps of a skin care routine for oily skin. A well formulated, alcohol-free exfoliating toner will replenish your skin with antioxidants and calming ingredients, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and remove any residues of makeup or dirt that could possibly clog the pores. An exfoliating toner that contains BHA’s such as salicylic acid is a fantastic fit for oily skin types as it is oil soluble and can get deep down in the pores unclogging them from the roots and keeping those black and white heads at bay.

Our picks:

  • COSRX BHA blackhead power liquid
  • Bioderma sebium pore refiner
  • The Inkey List PHa toner
  • Derma e soothing toner with anti-aging

Bha Blackhead Power Liquid, PRP AED 120.15, available at carethy.net

Sebium Pore Refiner, PRP AED 77, available at carrefouruae.com

Pha Toner, PRP AED 64.95, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Anti-Wrinkle Toner, PRP AED 49, available at asteronline.com

Step 3: Moisturiser

Contrary to common belief, oily skin types need to stay well hydrated to keep the dermis acting and looking healthy. Proper levels of hydration on the skin are fundamental to keep it functioning and regenerating at is best. To learn more about the differences between dehydrated and dry skin check our first Back to Basics skincare instalment. When choosing a moisturiser focus on an oil-free, lightweight water-based formulation, that will effectively hydrate your skin without clogging your pores or leaving a heavy and greasy feeling to it.

Our picks:

  • Clinique moisture surge hydrating lotion
  • Glow Recipe watermelon glow pink juice moisturizer
  • Elf oil control liquid lotion
  • Drunk Elephant f-balm electrolyte waterfacial

Moisture Surge Eye™ 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate, PRP AED 220, available at sephora.ae

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, PRP AED 97.50, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Oil Control Liquid Lotion, PRP AED 70.99, available at amazon.ae

F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, PRP AED 195, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Step 4: SPF

Nowadays they are so many elegant and sophisticated sun block formulations that are oil free and non-comedogenic. The Gaggler prefers products in a lotion form that contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide which have been proven to prevent acne breakouts. In addition, proper sun protection as part of a skin care routine for oily skin helps you prevent any pigmentation scaring.

Our picks:

  • Shiseido ultimate sun protection SPF 50 sunscreen + wetforce for sensitive skin + children
  • Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Naked Broad Spectrum SPF 45
  • Neutrogena ultra sheer face sunscreen SPF45
  • La Roche Posay anthelious 50 mineral ultra light sunscreen fluid SPF50 face

Expert Sun Protection Lotion Wetforce SPF50+ Face And Body, PRP AED 147.70, available at sweetcare.com

Max Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 45, PRP AED 153.86, available at revolve.com

Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF45, PRP AED 114, available at noon.com

Anthelios Spf50+ Shaka Fluid, PRP AED 110, available at uae.sharafdg.com

Step 5: Specific treatments and serums

If you suffer from acne prone skin and regular breakouts you would want to introduce a treatment serum on your regime that contains benzyl peroxide to help regulate oil production during the day while reducing redness and inflammation; and a retinol serum to keep skin clear and rejuvenated at night time. Another great ingredient you can include in your regiment is the powerful antioxidant niacinamide that helps out with the appearance of enlarged pores, while also soothing and calming the skin and providing anti-aging benefits.

Our picks:

  • Drunk Elephant framboise glycolic night serum
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 2%
  • Proactiv emergency blemish relief
  • La Roche Posay effaclar duo corrective unclogging care

Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, PRP AED 450, available at noon.com

Niacinamide Plus Zinc Serum, PRP AED 41, available at lookfantastic.ae

Emergency Blemish Relief, PRP AED 173, available at noon.com

Effaclar Duo[+] Corrective Unclogging Care, PRP AED 81.27, available at caretobeauty.com

Things to Avoid

When it comes to caring for oily skin, there are a few key things to avoid. Firstly, steer clear of heavy, oil-based moisturizers and skincare products that can exacerbate the oiliness. Instead, opt for lightweight, oil-free or water-based alternatives that won’t clog pores. Secondly, avoid harsh cleansers or soaps that strip away too much oil, as this can lead to increased oil production. Opt for gentle, non-comedogenic cleansers that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural balance. Next, refrain from over-washing your face, as this can strip away essential oils and trigger more oil production. Stick to washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Lastly, try to avoid heavy makeup and opt for oil-free or non-comedogenic formulas to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best night skincare routine for oily skin?

A night skincare routine for oily skin should focus on controlling excess oil production and preventing breakouts. Start by thoroughly cleansing your face with a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove dirt and sebum. Afterward, use an exfoliating toner containing salicylic acid to unclog pores and reduce oiliness. Next, apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin without adding extra grease. Consider using a spot treatment on any active acne or blemishes. Lastly, before bed, apply a thin layer of oil-free or gel-based night cream to help balance oil production while you sleep.

How do you take care of oily skin everyday?

To take care of oily skin everyday, start by cleansing your face twice a day with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Use oil-free or gel-based products that won’t clog pores. Apply a good sunscreen to protect your skin. We do strongly recommend the use oil-absorbing sheets throughout the day to control excess oil. It’s best to not use heavy, pore-clogging makeup and hydrate your skin with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.

How can I maintain my oily skin naturally?

The mantra is simple:
Cleanse, Hydrate, Exfoliate!

Opt for natural exfoliants like sugar or oatmeal. Our team at The Gaggler recommends natural exfoliating recipes:

  1. Use a Sugar Scrub: Mix equal parts of brown sugar and coconut oil. Gently massage onto damp skin in circular motions, then rinse off with warm water.
  2. We love a good Oatmeal Scrub: Combine ground oatmeal, honey, and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to your face, let it sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub and rinse off.
  3. Weekend Coffee Grounds Scrub: Mix used coffee grounds with a bit of olive oil or honey. Massage onto the skin in circular motions, then rinse off.
  4. The Famous Baking Soda Scrub: Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Apply to damp skin and gently rub in small circular motions before rinsing off.

A controlled diet is always recommended. It’s best to consume a balanced diet with less greasy or fried foods, as they can contribute to oiliness.

Staying hydrated is the secret sauce to great skin regardless of the skin type Drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated from within, which can help balance oil production.
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