You know the old adage. An apple a day keeps blemishes at bay. Loaded in Vitamin A, B complex, Vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants, apples are known to boost immunity, assist digestion, aid weight loss, detox the liver, and even help reduce the risk of cancer. But what exactly do apples bring to the table when it comes to beauty? Let’s see how the forbidden fruit can help ramp up your Japanese skincare arsenal.
High in antioxidants, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds, apples help guard the skin from oxidative stress aka the harmful effects of free radicals in the environment. Not only that, but these nutrients help to repair damaged skin from harsh effects of UV rays and air pollution. Exposure to environmental stressors can lead to a breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, which can speed up the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Brightening and smoothing
Apple-cider vinegar is naturally abundant in alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as citric acid, acetic acid, and malic acid. These gentle exfoliants help to slough off dead skin cells without irritating microbeads or scrubbing bits, and can help reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. While apple cider vinegar is an all-natural shortcut to a dewy glow, it should be used in moderation to avoid drying out the skin. A good workaround is to limit usage to a few times a week, or to mix it with water.
Everyone knows that moisture is crucial for soft, plump, and youthful feeling skin. The high water-content in apples combined with its variety of nutrients help to sustain the overall hydration levels in the body. Apples’ high level of polyphenols may also keep the skin supple and plump.
When applied topically, apple juice helps to balance the skin’s pH levels, reduce surface bacteria, and regulate sebum production, which can help prevent a greasy complexion. Due to its astringent properties, apple-cider vinegar can be used as a makeshift toner. Its high level of tannins can help to detox the skin of impurities and even minimize the appearance of pores. For the same reason, apple cider vinegar is believed to help banish blemishes and guard the skin from potential breakouts. Again, because it can be highly potent, we recommend diluting it with water before directly applying it to the skin.
5. Reduces puffy eyes
An easy home remedy, apple slices can help reduce dark circles and puffiness when applied directly on the skin. Key nutrients potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B, and tannic acid are thought to help brighten the skin and reduce inflammation.
Japanese Skincare Secrets: Let’s talk about Aomori apples and what makes them different from ordinary apples
Not all apples are created the same! Apples from Aomori, the largest apple-producing region in Japan, are famed for their vivid color, sweet taste, and crisp juicy texture. Cultivated with pride and unparalleled in quality, Aomori apples are often considered unlike any other fruit in the world. But in Aomori, the fruit is not only enjoyed as food, but placed in hot spring waters for its beautifying properties. Its oleic acid content softens and nourishes the skin, linoleic acid promotes blood circulation, and malic acid is said to have a moisturizing effect.
If you want to take advantage of the beauty benefits of Aomori apples in your skincare routine, look no farther than the La Vie Précieuse A.P.G. collection. Formulated with Aomori apple-derived ceramide, these Japanese essence lotion, emulsion, and cream help to hydrate, protect, and restore essential nutrients to the skin. Although they don’t receive nearly as much attention as they should in the beauty world, ceramides play an important role in supporting the skin’s function. These naturally occurring lipids help to fortify the skin barrier and keep the skin supple. When ceramide levels dip, the skin is more vulnerable to moisture loss and external threats, and can even lead to pesky conditions like psoriasis and eczema. All La Vie Précieuse products include AP ceramide extracted from apples grown locally on the brand’s farm in Aomori, so you can be sure that you’ll be getting the crème de la crème of apple-derived ingredients.
Ready to spoil yourself silly with the beautifying properties of Aomori apples? Check out the entire La Vie Précieuse collection below.