I had some over-ripe strawberries in the fridge. You know the kind, too soft to eat plain, but not soft enough to get rid of. I mean there were still plenty of options for these strawberries, smoothies, simple syrup, baking, but I'd really been meaning to use them for whitening my teeth. As a heavy coffee drinker, I'll take anything that works, naturally, of course. It worked really well on my teeth. I didn't take before and after pictures, because frankly we're not there yet. Just kidding, I'm sure there are plenty of pictures of people's teeth on the internet, just not mine... not yet. Also, don't expect it to taste like strawberries, once you mix in the baking soda it's a whole different ball game.
I ended up with way to much strawberry baking soda paste, so I decided it wouldn't hurt to use it as a face mask. It worked great, like super great. Clear, balanced complexion, exfoliated without any redness and just all around good moisturized clean feel.
So, I went to do my research on the benefits of strawberries. It turns out they work a bit like lemon on the face they're good for lightening, great for anti-aging because of the high vitamin C content, which is a huge player in the reproduction of collagen and strawberries also contain ellagic acid, which can protect from ultraviolet radiation and is a known anti-carcinogen! If that's not reason enough to put some strawberries on your face I don't know what is.
P.S. The malic acid is what helps to whiten teeth. I got caught up in the skin benefits.
Here's what you'll need:
- 2 parts strawberries
- 1 part baking soda
I used 1 cup strawberries to 1/2 cup baking soda and that made way too much especially after it all bubbled up. If you want a face mask and teeth whitening cut that recipe in half. If you just want it for your teeth, use 1 tablespoon strawberries and a 1/2 tablespoon baking soda.
- Put strawberries in blender if you're using a large amount. If you're using a small amount, mashing them with a fork should do.
- Mix in baking soda - the mixture will fizz up pretty heavily, so make sure you use a large enough dish.
- For your teeth: Place a generous amount of the paste on your toothbrush and gently apply to teeth. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse out with water. Floss or oil pull to remove any seeds. Also rinse with some water to remove any remaining acidity on the teeth.
- For your face and body: Apply a liberal amount of the mixture to your face allow it to dry on for 15-20 minutes wash off with water in a gently scrubbing motion. You can also use it in the shower as a scrub for dry skin, think feet and elbows.