Ever heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” While this popular lunch box fruit may not be a miracle worker, it can have brilliant benefits for your body – including your skin.
Why are apples good for your skin?
Not just a tasty snack or critical component in a delicious crumble, apples also have great nutritional value. They count towards your five a day and, with regular consumption, are thought to support your body in numerous ways.1
As well as potentially lowering your risk of specific conditions and aiding with weight loss, this crunchy and refreshing fruit may also work wonders for your complexion.2
Here are just some of the benefits of apple for skin:
They’re full of antioxidants
Like many other fruits, apples are naturally rich in antioxidants. These are types of compounds which protect your body from free radicals – harmful substances which can cause cell damage.3 When it comes to the skin, antioxidants can help keep your skin cells healthy and strong.4
They’re packed with vitamin C
Apples contain a whole host of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C. Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) has numerous benefits for the skin, including being an antioxidant.5
Want to slow down the signs of ageing on your skin? Increasing your collagen count will be crucial. Apples can help with this as vitamin C triggers the body’s production of collagen and elastin – two substances which can keep the skin look and feel plumper.6
They’re a good source of potassium
Another nutrient in apples is potassium, a type of electrolyte.7 When it comes to your skin, potassium helps your cells retain water. Not getting enough water in your cells can lead to dryness and other skin conditions.8
They’re really hydrating
Apples are additionally about 85% water, making them great for hydration.9 Having enough water is essential for numerous reasons, including keeping your skin moisturised and glowing.
How many apples should I eat?
Now you know just how beneficial apples can be for your skin, you’ll probably want to know how many of them you should be eating. Up to two a day is a fair amount to aim for.10 To reap the benefits of numerous fruit and veg, try mixing up what you eat every day and only make two of your five a day fruit.
Keen to use apples directly on your skin? You could also seek out a skincare product that’s been infused with apple or even make your own face mask by combining a mashed apple with a little honey.11
In addition to enjoying fresh apples whole or chopped up into bite-size pieces, why not add more of this nutritious fruit to your diet by trying them dry? Shop our complete range of delicious dried fruits which feature no added sugar or preservatives.
Last updated: 15 April 2021