April 30, 2014

The Sensational Strawberry

Strawberries can do wonders for your skin whether applied topically or as part of your diet.

Vitamin C: One cup or about 8 strawberries contains more than 100% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C; a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your body and skin from free radical damage, which  can add to the aging process. This essential vitamin promotes healthy teeth and gums, aids in wound healing, and maintains tissue within the body, according to the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Repetitive, topical use of Vitamin C can also be an effective treatment to firm skin and fade brown spots. 

Alpha-hydroxy Acid: Strawberries are a natural source of AHA’s, which exfoliate your skin, dissolving dead skin cells and revealing a brighter complexion.

Niacin/Vitamin B6: When applied topically, Niacin acts as a vasodilator to increase circulation.

Niacin increases capillary dilation, which in turn increases blood flow or what is known as vasodilation. Our bodies are composed of over 70 trillion cells that rely on fully functioning capillaries for survival, including skin cells. Skin care treatment formulations that contain topical niacin derivatives enhance oxygenation of the dermis, due to increased circulation (source).

Bottom line, increasing oxygen to your skin makes for a healthier, more youthful and less problematic complexion.

When ingested, niacin also plays an important roll of ridding the body of toxic chemicals.


So, how can you incorporate all these benefits to your body and skin? Check out this deliciously easy Strawberry Avocado Salsa recipe from Cooking Light below and then make an appointment for our limited edition, Strawberry Shortcake Facial at the studio. 

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO SALSA  (FROM COOKING LIGHT)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped peeled avocado
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately with pita chips, atop a salad, or on chicken, pork or fish.


Our limited-edition facial features the sensational skin benefits listed above as well as the healing and hydrating benefits of the Strawberry Spearmint masque. This special treatment is available as a part of your Nkd Signature Facial ($60) or as a mini-treatment for our Birthday Event on Friday, May 9th. ($20, to benefit Stand Up for Kids.) Beneficial for all skin types.

For more information about our treatments or our upcoming Birthday Event, please contact the studio.