An apple a day nourishes your body, but did you know apples fight acne and aging, too? In fact, beauty gurus slather their skin in the superfruit to tackle their stubborn skin troubles. Better yet, a DIY apple face mask pumps life into your skin while blasting fine lines and breakouts. So treat yourself to these DIY apple beauty recipes and reclaim the radiant you.
See below to learn more about apples’ beauty benefits, or skip to the DIY apple beauty recipes. Then, try five apple face masks, a lip scrub, and a smoothie your body and skin will love.
Apples’ Benefits for Skin
Apples offer unique beauty benefits. According to SF Gate and Healthline, apples contain malic and glycolic acid, copper, and vitamins A and C, which control acne and aging and restore radiance.
Reduce acne: Vitamins A and C protect and repair skin, while copper calms inflammation and speeds healing. Meanwhile, malic acid evens skin tone and glycolic acid unclogs pores, reducing their appearance.
Slow aging: These same nutrients help stop fine lines in their tracks. Vitamin A repairs sun damage, glycolic acid removes dead cells, and vitamin C fades dark spots.
And researchers say copper smooths wrinkles and improves elasticity.
Brighten: These nutrients and natural acids also resurface the skin and deep clean pores, revealing brighter skin.
But while apples may be the skincare superstars, apple extract (Pyrus malus) offers other perks.
According to Healthline, many skincare products contain apple extract, which is rich in skin-protecting flavonoids and phenolic acids. (See Paula’s Choice Intensive Repair Cream with retinol and apple extract.)
But whether you use the fruit or the extract, your skin is sure to reap the rewards. So why not make an apple face mask and see the results yourself?
DIY Apple Beauty Recipes
Now, get ready to glow with these apple beauty recipes. Try one or all of these DIY apple face masks and use them once a week. Make the mask first, then prepare the smoothie while the mask works its magic.
Patch-test these face masks 24 hours before using and discontinue if irritation develops. Also, talk to your doctor if you have severe acne or sensitive skin.
DIY Recipe #1: Yogurt and Apple Face Mask (Anti-Acne)
Start your spa day with this acne-blasting apple mask, an invigorating beauty treat your skin will adore. All you need is an apple, honey, yogurt, and rosehip oil.
What it does: Apples’ and yogurt’s natural acids double down on acne, removing dead cells to unclog pores. Meanwhile, honey and rosehip oil protect, soothe, and brighten your skin.
Directions: Puree one apple, then transfer it to a bowl. Add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, three tablespoons of honey, and a half teaspoon of rosehip oil, and mix. Cleanse and steam your face, apply the mask to your face and neck, wait 20 minutes, and rinse.
Another beauty tip: Follow with prickly pear oil for more acne-fighting power. (Also, see these Sicilian spa-inspired prickly pear beauty treats.)
DIY Recipe #2: Applesauce Face Mask (Anti-Acne/Brightening)
Next, brighten your skin and fight acne with this double-duty apple face mask. All you need is an apple, honey, and lemon juice.
What it does: Lemon juice is an astringent rich in vitamin C, helping to tighten and brighten your skin and make pores look smaller. Meanwhile, apples’ vitamins improve skin tone, while honey soothes your skin and locks in moisture.
Directions: Mix one pureed apple, a teaspoon of lemon juice, and three tablespoons of honey. Cleanse and steam your face to open pores. Then, massage the mask into your face and neck, and rinse after 20 minutes.
Another beauty tip: Switch between this apple face mask and a DIY pomegranate mask. Then, follow with vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum serum to prolong your glow.
DIY Recipe #3: Aloe and Apple Face Mask (Anti-Acne/Brightening)
Now perk up your skin fast with this brightening apple face mask. All you need is an apple, aloe, jojoba oil, lemon juice, and honey.
What it does: Jojoba oil’s vitamin E hydrates without clogging pores, making it ideal for acne-prone skin. In addition, lemon juice brightens skin and tightens pores, while aloe calms and comforts your skin.
Directions: Mix one pureed apple, one tablespoon of jojoba oil, one teaspoon of honey, aloe, and lemon juice. Then, massage into your face and neck, and rinse after 20 minutes.
Another beauty tip: Follow this DIY apple face mask with a blueberry sheet mask and facial oil to double your glow.
DIY Recipe #4: DIY Carrot and Apple Face Mask (Anti-Acne/Anti-Aging)
Next, blast acne and wrinkles with this carrot-apple face mask. All you need is an apple, a carrot, yogurt, and honey.
What it does: Carrots’ and apples’ vitamin A improves skin cell turnover, while yogurt’s lactic acid softens and exfoliates. Meanwhile, honey’s antioxidants protect your skin and lock in moisture, leaving your skin luminous.
Directions: Chop one apple, place it in a bowl, then set it aside. Next, cook one large carrot until it’s soft and wait for it to cool. Then, chop the carrot, combine it with the apple, and puree the mixture. Transfer to a bowl, add four tablespoons of honey, three tablespoons of yogurt, and mix. Then, massage the mask into your face and neck, and rinse after 20 minutes.
Another beauty tip: Switch between this apple face mask and a tomato or carrot mask. Then, follow with orchid oil or cherry serum to enhance radiance.
DIY Recipe #5: Exfoliating Matcha Apple Face Mask
Another option? Perk up dull skin with this matcha-apple face mask and reclaim your youthful glow. All you need is matcha powder, an apple, and honey.
What it does: Matcha powder exfoliates and repairs your skin, while apple speeds cell turnover and evens skin tone. Meanwhile, honey hydrates and locks in moisture, leaving your skin aglow.
Directions: Mix one tablespoon of pureed apple, two teaspoons of matcha powder, and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to your face and neck, wait 20 minutes, and rinse.
Another beauty tip: Use two apple slices to depuff tired eyes, then, apply pineapple serum to boost radiance. Also, switch between this apple face mask and a DIY strawberry or pink clay mask, using each once per week.
DIY Recipe #6: Candy Apple Lip Scrub
Next, whip up this candy apple lip scrub and love your silky lips. All you need is an apple, brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey.
What it does: Brown sugar and apple exfoliate while honey and coconut oil soften and hydrate your lips.
Directions: Mix one pureed apple, two tablespoons of brown sugar, a teaspoon of coconut oil, and two teaspoons of honey. Then, massage the scrub into your lips for 15 seconds and rinse.
Another beauty tip: Switch between this apple lip scrub and a cocoa sugar lip scrub and follow with Weleda Skin Food Lip Butter. Also, see these homemade cookie scrubs for more fun DIY spa treats.
DIY Recipe #7: Apple Pie Smoothie
Next, whip up this apple pie smoothie, a delicious beauty treat your skin and body will love. You can even make this smoothie on your at-home spa day. See the recipe for details.
After blending, pour into tall glasses, add honey and crushed graham cracker (optional), and serve.
So treat your skin to these apple beauty recipes and reclaim the radiant you. Apples’ nutrients fight acne and aging, helping you love your skin again.
Make the apple pie smoothie anytime you wish, and use the apple face masks once per week.
So, enjoy your apple beauty recipes—and your new skin—and check back for more beauty recipes and skincare tips. And sign up to receive three more secret DIY apple beauty recipes. Just type “apple” in the comments box, then send.
This post first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews./Featured photo credit: Coffee and Milk/iStock
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12 thoughts on “Apple Face Masks + Smoothie: Annihilate Acne and Love Your Skin”
These look awesome! I love apple everything :–)
Same here! They’re one of my top three favorite fruits. Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by!