Sept 1 through the end of October is the most active season for apples in the U.S. While eating them has copious skin perks (think collagen-building vitamin C and antioxidant-rich copper), placing this seasonal favorite directly on your skin, hair, and nails can have beauty-boosting perks too. So, next time you’re apple picking, make sure you gather an extra bushel or two so you can whip up some of these easy yet effective treatments to help you combat the effects of fall weather.
APPLE SHEA BUTTER SALT SCRUB
Give yourself a DIY spa treatment with this nourishing all over body scrub that will slough off any remaining dead summer skin while keeping new skin hydrated during the cold weather months.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1 medium-sized apple
¼ cup natural apple cider
1/2 cup Epsom salt or brown sugar if you have more sensitive skin
In a mixer, combine the coconut oil and shea butter. Whip on medium then on high. Mix until well combined and shea butter is well incorporated. Add Epsom salt, apple (in chunks), and apple cider; mix on low just until blended thoroughly — you don’t want any apple pieces stuck in your tub. As this is a fresh recipe, use it right away.
APPLESAUCE – CIDER VINEGAR SKIN PEEL
Combining apple cider vinegar with apples creates an all-natural peel that gently sweeps away dead skin cells. This can contribute to a more even skin tone — especially if you have age spots or sun damage.
1 teaspoon organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon applesauce, preferably organic or homemade
Clean your face and remove all traces of makeup. Combine apple cider vinegar with applesauce and stir until well mixed. With clean hands (or a brush), apply the mask to your face, making sure to avoid the eye area. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and remove with cool water and a soft washcloth. Since apple cider vinegar can leave behind a strong aroma for a while, conduct this treatment at night versus the morning hours when you’ll be leaving the house. Make sure to wear an SPF as your skin will be freshly exfoliated.
HYDRATING HAIR MASK
Colder weather can bring forth frizzy, dry tresses, but this nourishing homemade hair pack can make hair more soft and manageable while improving its texture.
3 tablespoons of olive oil
Clean and peel the apple before pulverizing it in the blender. Add and mix well before incorporating the olive oil. Apply the mask to dry hair for 45 minutes before washing hair with a mild shampoo.
EASY APPLE FACE MASK
This mask is so easy to whip up, there’s no excuse not to do it at least once a week — especially if you have a dry complexion. The added addition of yogurt works to gently slough off dead skin cells, thanks to naturally occurring lactic acid.
1 tablespoon of full-fat (not fat-free) sour cream
1 teaspoon of honey
½ apple grated into small pieces
Simply mix all ingredients together in a small bowl together and apply with a fan brush as it’s less messy. If you want, layer gauze squares over the mask if you want to go about your business while the mask sets versus laying down (though relaxing during a spa treatment is always a good idea!). Unlike some masks, this formula can and should be applied directly under the eyes as it reduces puffiness. Keep it on until it’s thoroughly dry — or clear — and remove with a warm, wet washcloth.
RESTORATIVE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR NAIL TREATMENT
Whether your nails are damaged from one too many no-chip or gel manicures or the colder temps are taking a toll, this simple treatment can help promote nail growth while instantaneously improving the lackluster appearance of your digits.
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup water
Approximately 10 drops of vitamin E oil combined with two tablespoons of coconut oil
Combine all ingredients and soak your tips for anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes, keeping in mind that the longer the time, the better the result. Maintain your results by repeating the treatment at least once a week. Remember to regularly moisturize your mitts and apply oil to your nails and cuticles.