Apples and Beauty

How to Unmask Your Natural Beauty with Apples

by Deep, Radi, and Mithu on October 2, 2009

in Natural Beauty and Cosmetics

In our last post, we described the many health benefits of eating whole, organic apples on a regular basis and hope that we have convinced you, our readers, to consistently include them in your diet. At the risk of giving you a (healthy) overdose of this remarkable fruit, here we want to share some tips on how to use apples to unmask your natural beauty. At first glance, this post may only seem to be of interest to our female readers. However, in case the men out there are already yawning, we also have some valuable tips to share specifically with you, so please stay tuned!

It should be clear from our previous article that the dietary fiber content and the many powerful antioxidants contained in apples play an important role in improving digestion and associated conditions such as constipation; maintaining urinary health; and helping to cleanse and detoxify the body. All of these factors contribute to enhancing our natural beauty from inside out, leaving us feeling healthier, more energetic, and with increased vitality.

Not surprisingly, these benefits also extend to our skin. The high content of flavonoids and polyphenols in apples also nourish and tone the skin, helping to keep it young. In particular, two varieties of apples – Granny Smith and Red Delicious – have been identified by nutritionists as being especially good for skin health since they contain large quantities of collagen and elastin. In addition, some of the components of Braeburn apples are said to be helpful in protecting the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Apart from consuming apples to obtain their skin-enhancing benefits, they can also provide direct nourishment to the skin that is absorbed through the application of face masks and toners. Here we share with you some recipes for making these natural cosmetic products, which we came across in our research. Being somewhat lazy when it comes to our own beauty regime, we (Mithu and Radi) have not yet tried them. They do, however, sound like valuable and wholesome additions to a skin care regime and we would welcome feedback from those of our readers who decide to test them.

Cait Johnson on the “care2 make a difference” website provides us with a delicious sounding recipe for a face mask that she says is wonderful for revitalizing a dull complexion. We have no trouble believing her given the combination of apples with honey, a well known natural antiseptic and moisturizing agent. Here’s her recipe:

Apple and Honey Glow Mask:

Ingredients:

  • half a cored apple
  • two tablespoons of honey
  • half a teaspoon of dried sage

Pulse all of these ingredients, blending well, in a food processor and refrigerate for at least ten minutes. Apply this mixture to a clean face by using your finger tips to gently pat it on and continue doing this till the mixture feels very sticky. This brings the blood to the skin’s surface and contributes to the glowing effect. Rinse off with warm water.

Two further recipes for face masks submitted by “NYLady” in her eHow article combine the antioxidant benefits of apples with the exfoliating benefits of wheat germ and oatmeal.

Apple and Wheat Germ Mask:

Ingredients:

  • one tablespoon of pureed apple or organic apple sauce
  • one tablespoon of wheat germ

Mix the wheat germ and apple to make a paste with a smooth consistency. Apply the mask to a clean face, avoiding the eye area and leave it on for ten minutes to dry. Rinse off with warm water.

Apple and Oatmeal Mask

Ingredients:

  • two tablespoons rolled oats
  • one and a half tablespoons cornmeal
  • one tablespoon honey
  • half a medium-sized apple, cored, peeled, and finely chopped

Mix the oatmeal, cornmeal, and honey together using a fork to create a paste. Use a food processor to combine the paste with the apple until blended. Gently scrub your face with the mixture using a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

Natural Toner:

Apart from using apples directly on the skin in the form of natural face masks, you can also use them as a natural skin toner. Here is another recipe from “NYLady” for making an apple-based toner yourself. It is best to use green apples, especially Granny Smiths, for this purpose.

Core the apple, removing the seeds but leaving the peel on, and cut it into small cubes. Place the cubes in a small saucepan with half a cup of lukewarm water. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove the saucepan from the heat, allowing the contents to cool completely. Strain the concoction using a sieve into a clean bowl and stir in a quarter of a cup of Witch Hazel (a well known astringent). You can now apply the toner to your face using a clean cotton ball or a spray bottle.

Apples for Treating Sunburn:

For those of us who are sunning ourselves on beautiful Caribbean islands and the like, here is a helpful tip for treating sunburn. Add one teaspoon of glycerine to the pulp of a grated apple and mix well. Apply this mixture on your face and leave for fifteen or twenty minutes. Wash the mixture off using cold water. This treatment is said to be helpful in preventing after effects such as sunburn peel and blisters.

Grated apples can also be used for other purposes as Cait Johnson suggests:

Reducing Fine Wrinkles and Inflammation:

An unripe apple that is grated and applied to clean skin  for ten or twenty minutes before rinsing off can help to improve the appearance of fine wrinkles or inflammation.

Reducing Eye Puffiness:

Mix two tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce with one small grated raw potato. Apply the mixture on to the puffy areas, lying down, and cover with a clean, warm, damp washcloth for added comfort. Leave the mixture on for ten to twenty minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Now, gents, we hope that you too can see the benefits of some if not all of these treatments since they are not exclusively for women. However, here is some news that many of you should find especially interesting!

Apples as a Natural Remedy for Hair Loss and Male Pattern Balding:

David Kern, a researcher and publisher in the field of medical nutritional science has uncovered some very promising findings on the potential use of apples as a natural hair loss remedy.

Procyanidin B-2 belongs to a class of polyphenols found in a variety of plants that have been marketed as nutritional and therapeutic supplements in Europe since the 1980s. One of its richest sources is the skins of immature green apples, especially the Granny Smith variety, which have been shown to contain much higher quantities of this amazing compound than grape seeds and their extracts – another popular source.

One of the many health benefits of Procyanidin B-2 from apples is its impact on hair growth and it may well prove to be the best natural option for people suffering from falling hair, hair that is thinning, and male pattern balding.

Clinical trials conducted in Japan to assess the effects of apple procyanidins on human hair cells have conclusively demonstrated their safety and effectiveness in promoting hair growth. In fact, these natural compounds have proven twice as effective as Minoxidil, a leading conventional hair loss medication, with none of the dangerous side effects associated with the use of Minoxidil.

As part of these trials, a series of tests was carried out to study the progressive effects of apple procyanidin solution on hair growth. In the first double-bind study, 29 balding men treated with the solution were found to have significantly greater vellus and terminal hair growth than the placebo control group subjects after six months.

In a second study, 21 men at various stages of hereditary hair loss were treated topically with this solution. At the end of twelve months, 71 percent of the subjects showed increased numbers of hairs with a clear trend towards non-vellus (terminal) hairs.

In a third study of 29 balding men conducted over a four-month period, 78.9 percent demonstrated a significant increase in the ratio of thicker hairs as well as the number of total hairs compared to the placebo control group. Clearly, apple procyanidins may prove to be the safest and most effective natural hair loss remedy that can help millions of people who suffer from this demoralizing condition.

You can find out more about what sounds like an impressive natural hair growth formula that uses three key apple procyanidins at David Kern’s website: www.applepoly.com.

Key Reference Sources:

  • Cait Johnson. Apples: Kitchen Cupboard Tips (http://www.care2.com)
  • NYLady. Apple Health Benefits for the Skin (http://www.ehow.com)
  • David Kern. Natural Hair Loss Remedy Discovered in Apples. (http://www.ageless-beauty.com)

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is only intended to educate and inform our readers. It is in no way intended to provide medical advice or to diagnose or treat any disease. If you have a health problem, you should consult a healthcare practitioner before taking any substances for medicinal purposes.

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