The old saying still rings true: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The vitamin-packed fruit helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, cancers and diseases as well as fight inflammation and remove toxins. But, can they be great for our skin too?
Experts are saying yes, and the apple’s body-boosting benefits are cropping up in a slew of beauty products—mascara, toothpaste, body scrubs, face creams and serums—that promise to reverse cell damage, increase skin renewal, while they smooth and protect.
Apples are full of flavonoids and polyphenols such as quercetin and resveratrol –all powerful plant-derived anti-oxidants as well as vitamins A, B and C. They also are the richest source of malic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, great for improving skin tone, reducing age spots and freckles, minimizing symptoms of rosacea and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A gentle acid, which is great for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin, malic acid also prevents cell and tissue damage.
It’s the perfect time of year to reap in the apple’s healthy benefits for our bodies, both inside and out. Following are some sweet—and—delicious offerings that boast this wonder ingredient:
Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel fights both wrinkles and blemishes with a blend of organic apple and other fruit juices and raw cane sugar, which exfoliates and improves skin tone, as well as powerful antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E to hydrate and nourish. When applied to the face, a slight tingling sensation may occur, but within ten minutes skin is left glowing. $39 at www.juicebeauty.com.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion is a powerful anti-ager and oil-free mattifying lotion that contains a good dose of retinol. It also contains apple stem cells from a rare Swiss apple, which known to be rich in phytonutrient proteins and long living cells. In addition to minimizing the signs of aging, this lightweight face lotion also increases cell turnover and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. $60 at www.drbrandtskincare.com.
I was skeptical at first when I heard about Go Smile Green Apple Toothpaste, but one whiff and a taste converted me into an avid brusher. With a light luscious scent and flavor of fresh-picked green apples, this whitening tooth paste contains apple and cranberry powder extracts to aid in gently polishing away surface stains. $16 at www.gosmile.com.
Lancôme’s Définicils Precious Cells High Definition Mascara instantly gave me longer, more defined lashes, but what makes it really cool is it contains a unique Swiss apple extract, Malus Domestica, to help restore lash stem cells for new growth while preventing lash loss. The creamy formula of five, triple-coated waxes doesn’t flake or smudge. $29 on www.lancome-usa.com
One whiff of the three spot-on scents—caramel apple, green apple and red apple—from Philosophy’s Bobbing for Apples set instantly puts me in a festive fall mood. Each three-in-one bubble bath, shower gel and shampoo clean skin and hair gently, while smelling like the real thing. $25 on www.sephora.com.
Banish wrinkles with Lumene ExCELLent Future Deep Repairing Serum, a light hydrating serum, which contains apple stem cell extract from an endangered Scandinavian apple (Uttwiler Spatlauber) and Ancient Arctic White Peat (a plant sterol). When combined, these two powerful ingredients delay damage to skin cells from surfacing, smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase UV protection. $30 at www.cvs.com.
When mixed with water, this luxurious salt scrub turns into a smooth buttery consistency leaving skin super-soft and supple. Ahava’s Stress Melt Butter Salt in Syringa–Green Apple contains apple extract and essential oils as well as Dead Sea mineral salts, seaweed and sugar to exfoliate and hydrate. $24 at www.ahava.com.