We have given you articles on topics related to how nutrition can influence not only your health, but your skin care. Caring for your skin “from the inside out” is not only a legitimate way to approach skin care, but a necessary part of it. If you want the best skin you can have, you need to go at it through nutrition and external skin care. External care like moisturization, exfoliation, etc, and nutritional skin care like making sure you eat lots of greens, are equally important.
In the past when the topic of nutrition for skin care has been broached, we’ve often focused on superfoods like dark, leafy greens and dark fruits like pomegranate, acai, blackberries, etc. Today, though, we’re going to take an in-depth look at one specific food that’s much more commonly found and consumed, but may have even more health and skin care benefits than we originally thought.
Apples, a Skin Care Powerhouse?
You undoubtedly know the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and we all know that fruit is an important part of any diet, but it turns out there may be a good reason why apples, specifically, were in that saying. More than that, though, an apple a day might just keep the dermatologist away, too, and we’re about to tell you why.
Collagen is the compound responsible for keeping skin tight and youthful, and consuming lots of it can help prevent wrinkles and improve the appearance of currently present wrinkles as well. And as it happens, apples are chock full of collagen, so they’re one of the best things you can eat to up your collagen intake and production, keeping your skin firm and radiant.
Before we go on, we would like to remind you to always use SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you’ll be exposed to the sun, even through a glass window, regardless of what other additional protection measures you take. That said, additional measures are always a good idea to be doubly or even triply sure your skin won’t suffer heinous damage at the hands of the great ball of plasma in the sky—which thankfully give our planet life, so it’s not all bad, but it does also damage your skin if you’re not careful—and it turns out there’s a possible link between eating apples and extra UVB protection. Further, external products with apple pulp in them are great for relieving sunburn and preventing a bad burn from peeling.
So far we’ve mostly talked about how eating apples can help your skin, but let’s give some attention to external uses of apple as well, because it has a lot of great properties when used this way, too. For one thing, you can use apple slices in place of cucumber slices to get rid of dark circles under your eyes, and raw apple pulp with apple cider vinegar makes a great toner. Finally, rubbing grated apple peel on your face and leaving it there for 15 to 20 minutes as a mask imparts a number of potential anti-aging benefits.