DIY Apple Mask for Smooth, Moist Skin

DIY Apple Mask for Smooth, Moist Skin

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a DIY beauty/handsomeness recipe, so I thought it would be nice to post one today. Like most of my skin care recipes, this one is easy — it’s only two ingre­di­ents and will give you a smooth and moist skin with a nice rosy glow. This will be a great mask to use in the upcom­ing fall and win­ter months, when dull, dry skin starts creep­ing back into our lives. :P

{APPLE MASK INGREDIENTS}
1/2 any kind of organic apple (leave the skin on)
1 Tbsp. raw honey, or raw manuka honey (UMF 16+)

Optional: Try adding 1 egg yolk (from an organic egg, the darker orange the yolk, the more rich and healthy that yolk is) for fur­ther mois­tur­iza­tion. It will also help reduce and pre­vent acne break­outs due to the vit­a­min A present in the yolk, which helps bal­ance sebum pro­duc­tion for both oily and dry skin.

{REASONS & RESULTS}
Apples have a very cool­ing, slightly exfo­li­at­ing effect on our skin due to the mild acids in the fruit. When applied to the skin, apples bring cir­cu­la­tion and nour­ish­ment to the skin. And honey is a no-brainer! It is a well-known, ancient nat­ural beauty prod­uct. It is antibac­te­r­ial, a pow­er­ful humec­tant, and very soothing.

If you have very sen­si­tive skin or are sun­burned, try a small amount of this mask on your neck or cheek first. Depend­ing on the vari­ety of apple, you may or may not be sen­si­tive to the mild acids in the fruit. FYI, green apples con­tain less sugar and slightly more acids than vari­eties like Fuji, Pink Lady, and Braeburn.

I’ve been asked what honey I rec­om­mend, and I find that raw manuka honey with a UMF rat­ing of at least 16 (20 is even bet­ter) is the best for all skin, espe­cially acne-prone skin. One of my favorites is East Cape New Zealand Manuka Honey Active UMF 20+. Now, if you skin is very sen­si­tive, try a UMF of 16+, or try plain unfil­tered raw honey.

{DIRECTIONS}
1. Mash up 1/2 of an apple — include the skin, but do not include the core or seeds. You can also mash it up with a mor­tar and pes­tle, or in a food processor.

2. In a small dish, mix the mashed apple with 1 Tbsp. raw honey. (Optional: also add your 1 egg yolk)

3. Apply and leave on 10–20 min­utes. Rinse off with warm water. Fin­ish with a splash of cool water. You may then tone with a flo­ral water (hydrosol), qual­ity nat­ural toner like Sophyto or 100% Pure, or (my favorite) neem leaf extract spray. Fol­low up with a nat­ural mois­tur­izer or gen­tly mas­sage in a few drops of organic extra vir­gin olive oil.

Voila! Lovely glow­ing skin. :) If you have any sug­ges­tions or requests for DIY recipes, def­i­nitely feel free to let me know!
~Steph  x

P.S. My book, The REAL Guide to Flaw­less Skin, is avail­able now! I’ve been get­ting a ton of great feed­back on it, and I’m really happy that you guys are find­ing it help­ful. If you’re inter­ested in know­ing more, you can click on this Acne Book link.

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