The leaves are changing colour, the sweaters are coming out of closets, the air is getting crisper… yeah and so are the apples! One of the best things about fall are crisp apples freshly picked from mature apple trees… and the homemade pies they make… and apple cider they press into… I digress. Apples aren’t just delicious, they can also have awesome beauty benefits.
Clearer and Toned Skin
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to rid the skin’s pores of bacteria and oil, which are two major factors that create acne and pimples. The vinegar can also balance the skin’s PH levels, which will allow the skin to stop overproducing its own oils. Get your hands on a high quality apple cider vinegar and dilute it (one part vinegar, eight parts water). Dip a cotton ball and apply to skin just as you would a toner, then rinse! Apples make it easy to say bye bye to pimples.
The scientists have even narrowed this one down to the types of apples that will most effectively brighten, tighten and lighten (hence, BLT) the skin. Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples have the highest amount of collagen and elastin, the stuff that makes your skin look young. Load up on the GS and RD apples, ‘cause they’re gonna help you keep your rosy, youthful glow.
Thanks to eating an abundance of fresh apples, your hair will grow longer and healthier because of a compound called procyanidin B-2 (scientific, I know). Healthy and shiny locks are everyone’s wish and apples make your wish come true – you could even go on a limb and call them your fairy godmothers.
Antioxidants are a necessity for your body. They prevent cell and tissue damage as well as protect against nasty stuff like cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol. So, guess what?! Apples are a major source of antioxidants! Just make sure you don’t peel off the skin – that’s where these evil-fighting molecules like to hang out.
Believe it or not, Braeburn apples actually contain UVB protecting particles! This wouldn’t replace wearing an SPF on your skin (always wear SPF) but can only amp up the sun protection. And if this wasn’t enough to send you to the apple orchard on a sunny day, apples can treat sunburns and prevent them from peeling. Just mix a teaspoon of glycerine (you can buy it at drugstores or big chain supermarkets) with the pulp from a grated apple, slosh it onto your skin, chillax for 15 minutes, then rinse!