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This is no ordinary apple...

Updated: May 2, 2020

They are on season, taste delicious and are great for skin! Apples are our winter best friend.

They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away – what I’m sure it does is improving your skin complexion. Facial masks made from apples remove dead skin cells, treat blemishes, and increase the glow and shine of skin. Simply applying the pulp of an apple to skin can treat skin infections and maintain a healthy pH level. Reap the benefits by learning how to add apples to your skin treatment regimen. Apples are a mild exfoliating and astringent ingredient that benefits acne prone skin as it contains skin cell-renewing malic (AHA) acid and is safe for sensitive skin.

Apple cider vinegar made from raw apples, used to relieve skin and scalp itching, balance skin pH, and gently soothe and exfoliate.

Apples contain vitamins A and C, antioxidants that have many skin benefits. Vitamin A helps repair and maintain skin tissue, preventing skin from becoming dry and flaky. Vitamin C scavenges harmful free radicals and fights collagen and elastin destruction to support the structure of skin, helping to prevent signs of skin aging including wrinkles. Vitamin C helps to lighten skin as well as addressing sun and age spots that often appear on adult faces.

Here are some additional skin benefits you will find in our DIY recipes made with apples:

  • Using a cotton swab to apply apple cider vinegar to pimples helps to dry the blemishes, calm redness and inflammation, and prevent spreading. Non-oil face treatments and masks sometimes feature an apple base. An acne mask made from one teaspoon of crushed lavender, sage, or rosemary leaves, two tablespoons of raw or cooked mashed apple 1 teaspoon of honey can be applied to skin, left on for ten minutes, and then rinsed away to keep the face clear and moisturised.

  • Make an anti-aging, skin brightening mask by combining one mashed apple, one teaspoon of grapefruit, orange, or lemon juice, two crushed basil leaves, and one tablespoon each of ground almond meal and cream, milk, or yoghurt. Blend this to a fine mash, apply to the face, and leave on for ten to 15 minutes before rinsing off. For extra skin benefits, add two drops of lavender, rosemary, manuka, or tea tree oil.

  • To restore pH balance to skin, combine 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar with three cups of distilled water. After cleansing skin, dip a cotton ball into the solution and wipe it onto the face. Dabbing apple juice onto age spots helps to lighten them. A facial mask containing a blended mixture of one grated apple and two tablespoons of honey helps to repair skin when left on the face for ten to 20 minutes before being rinsed away

Include this seasonal fruit in your winter beauty routine and don't forget to practise beauty from inside out with this gorgeous skin food!

Sparkle naturally,

Sonia x

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