Benefits, Uses, Recipes and More
When they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” were they talking about dermatologists? Hmm, probably not. But still, apples offer a bushel of benefits for your face and skin.
Apples and apple products like apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help:
- reduce the visible signs of aging
- exfoliate dead skin cells
- help cure acne
- hydrate and hydrate
- tone and diminish the appearance of pores
- improve the appearance of dark circles
- revive hair growth (maybe)
Here’s a deep dive into the details.
Ready to bite into the perks? Without further ado, here are seven ways apples can support healthy skin.
1. Reduce the signs of aging
Apples are a solid source of flavonoids, a phenolic compound that has been linked to numerous health benefits.
Studies show that flavonoids have anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. That means this versatile antioxidant could help protect your skin from free radical damage and oxidative stress.
In a 2019 study, researchers also found that flavonoids can help protect skin from damage caused by air pollution. Take care!
Because all of these factors can speed up the aging process, apples could help stave off wrinkles. Remember that rubbing a Granny Smith on your face might not do much. We still need more research to show what exact concentrations of apple extract or which products can give you the best results.
2. Natural exfoliator
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a fabulous natural exfoliant. It contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like citric acid, acetic acid, and malic acid. According to a 2018 study, these acids can help slough off dead skin cells. This helps reveal the fresh AF skin cells underneath and can give you a dewy glow.
Message of public interest: Apple cider vinegar can dry out your skin, especially if overused. One solution is to dilute it with water and use it only a few times a week. But you should definitely discontinue use if you notice any redness, rash or irritation.
3. Banish blemishes
Remember those phenolic acids we mentioned earlier? According to a 2019 study, these plant compounds can help prevent environmental pollution. It could protect your skin from the bad guys that trigger an acne breakout. Plus, since AHAs are good natural exfoliators, they can help unclog clogged pores.
Prime: In a 2021 study, researchers found that acetic acid has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that can protect your skin from fungal and bacterial infections. Court!
4. It hydrates
Apples are full of polyphenols. These micronutrients can help keep your skin supple and hydrated. In addition, apples are rich in water. So, eating apples is a great way to keep your body and skin hydrated.
5. It’s a natural toner
Why spend a lot of money on toner when all you need is apple cider vinegar? That’s right! The goat of versatile skin products is back. Thanks to its high tannin content, apple cider vinegar has mild astringent properties. It can also help kill bacteria on your skin thanks to its acetic acid content. And while we need more research to show the full effects, some claim apple cider vinegar can help reduce the appearance of pores.
More good news: making an ACV toner at home is extremely easy. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of ACV and 8 fluid ounces of purified water. Then dab a clean cotton ball into the solution and gently dab onto your skin.
6. Reduce the appearance of dark circles
There is no shame in the black circle game. But if you’re not a fan of the raccoon eye look, apples might help.
The tannic acid found in apples can help lighten the area under the eyes. Meanwhile, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B could help reduce puffiness and inflammation.
Remember that these benefits are only anecdotal. We need more research to show if these benefits are legitimate. But since putting apple slices under your eyes can’t hurt, it might be worth it.
PS. Be careful not to prick your eyes or put apple cider vinegar in it 👀.
7. May Boost Hair Growth
According to a 2018 study, annurca apple polyphenols may help kick keratin production into high gear. This may promote hair growth in people who have patterned hair loss. Some people also claim that apples can help balance skin pH and prevent dandruff. However, we definitely need more proof on all accounts.
Ready to add apples to your skincare routine? You have a bunch of options.
- ACV has a treasure trove of potential benefits. Use it as a light scrub or toner.
- Make an apple face mask to hydrate and refresh the skin. (More on that in a minute!)
- Buy a high-quality product that contains apple extracts and compounds.
- Keep it sweet and simple and eat apples! They are delicious and nutrient. Plus, you can find them at almost any grocery store for less than a dollar.
You are sold on apples. You want these babies to change your life, starting with your skin. You give them affectionate glances in supermarkets and are watched by security. You want to feel the soft, healing touch of these apples on your skin as soon as possible.
So let’s make an apple mask!
- Put the three ingredients in a small bowl.
- Blend them until smooth.
- Cleanse your skin with your usual facial cleanser.
- Apply the apple mask generously all over the face, avoiding the eyes.
- Leave on for 15 minutes. Take selfies and send them to your friends.
- Wash off with lukewarm water.
- Dry your skin with a clean towel.
- Admire your new atmosphere so fresh and so clean.
Despite their superfood status, apples present some potential pitfalls. Ask Snow White, she’ll tell you! But in case she doesn’t answer you, here’s the DL.
Basically, the only real risk here is apple cider vinegar. Although it perfectly cleans your face, it is also used to clean the toilet. That said, apple cider vinegar can be quite harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin. It can do your skin more harm than good if you overuse it.
As a reminder, dilute your apple cider vinegar with water to reduce the concentration. This can make it easier to handle your skin. You should also stop using it if you notice any irritation such as rashes, itching, redness, or dry patches.
Apple has some pretty impressive (and proven!) benefits for your skin. It contains nutrients and compounds that can help reduce the appearance of acne, wrinkles, dull skin and dark circles. Apple cider vinegar is also a great natural exfoliator and toner that won’t break your budget.
Adding apples to your skincare regimen is very simple. You can buy a product that contains apple extracts or compounds. You can also make a DIY dope apple mask at home with a few simple ingredients.