Gala. Red Delicious. Granny Smith. Fuji. Honeycrisp. From crunchy to mildly sweet with skin hues that range from bright red to pink-orange strips, apples have proven delicious in juices, pies, salads, sauces and as healthy snacks. What about in terms of beauty?
This once forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden has since long been used in beauty rituals around the world. Apples are packed with antioxidants and rich in nutrients. Little wonder then that leading beauty brands continue to incorporate apples as ingredients in their beauty collections.
Let’s deep dive into the nutrients in apples, shall we?
The skin and fresh pulp of the apple contains a high amount pectin which has super anti-aging properties, maintains our skin’s pH balance and helps to dry out acne. Pectin is also a form of soluble fiber which helps to improve our digestion and flushes out toxins giving us gorgeous healthy skin.
Apples contain skin-friendly nutrients such as vitamins A, B and C which helps reduce inflammation, aids in wound healing and is much needed in the formation of collagen and elastin keeping our wrinkles at bay. Let’s take a closer look at why these vitamins are must-haves in your skincare:
- Vitamin A (retinoids) is necessary in the maintenance and repair of skin tissue, prevents dry, flaky skin and combats skin damage due to sunlight exposure.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) is effective in reducing rosacea symptoms, a long-term skin condition characterised by redness. Niacin also helps to reduce sebum production, control acne, improve blood circulation to the skin and is potentially protective against skin cancer.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) helps to lighten pigmentation, restore uneven skin tone, protect cells from free radical damage, is a key compound in collagen formation; keeping the skin youthful, smooth and firm, and helps in wound healing.
Essential minerals in apples such as zinc, copper and selenium help in the repair of the skin and is important to combat acne formation.
- Zinc protects cell membranes, has anti-inflammatory properties and shelters the skin against UV radiation. Several studies indicate that dietary zinc can help in reducing acne formation and is as effective when compared to the antibiotic Tetracycline.
- Copper, a relatively new mineral being studied, has strong anti-aging benefits and promotes the production of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which help prevent infection and acne formation.
- Selenium is a powerful antioxidant mineral that delays aging and protects the cells from free radical damage.
Eating the fruit whole without peeling the skin is recommended because that’s where the pectin and rich antioxidants are and it serves as a good snack especially if you are trying to lose weight as it keeps you full for longer.
Tip: Worried about the wax on apple skins? Take a knife and scrap the apple skin gently from top to bottom, round the entire fruit to remove the layers of wax.
Besides eating the fruit, there are many ways in which you can incorporate apples into your beauty regime. Apple cider vinegar is extremely versatile - why not experience the health benefits of ACV, its teeth-whitening properties or use it in your beauty routine?
Try this amazing apple toner recipe which purifies oily, blemished skin and perks up stressed-out complexions.
- Cut an apple into cubes, removing the core, while keeping the skin on.
- Bring the apple and 1/2 cup of purified water to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Once cool, strain liquid into a clean beauty bottle and add 1/4 witch hazel.
- Finally, spray away or use it to wipe skin with cotton ball.