Just as blueberries and peaches are starting to disappear from local markets, we’re heading into the high season for one extremely powerful beauty fruit: apples.
What makes the apple a perfect fall fruit for our looks?
Its unique combination of cooling, cleansing and nourishing properties gives our bodies a balancing fall treat each time we eat one. Fall is the season to explore apple varieties beyond Red Delicious, Gala and Granny Smith; get creative, and choose organic varieties to support your beauty and body.
Fall apples at my Philadelphia farmer's market.
Behold, 9 reasons to put down the peaches and get to a farmer’s market to partake in the most beautifying fruit of the season:
- Apples are deeply cooling to the body and help dissipate some of the lingering heat of the summer. This translates to less redness for your skin.
- Picked straight from a tree, apples are brimming with beauty nutrients like vitamin C and potassium, and even fresher than those you’d find in a local market.
- Look for organic apples and enjoy their skins, which contain the powerful phytochemical quercetin. Quercetin supports beauty by defending against UVB damage, boosting immunity and reducing allergies!
- The filling pectin fiber in apples encourages healthy elimination and internal detox, lessening the waste-removal duties of your skin.
- Great news for your skin and waistline: apples are low calories, and have a relatively low glycemic index, so they won’t bring on wrinkles or blemishes.
- They’re a perfectly portable beauty snack that will keep you full between meals. Add a few raw nuts or almond butter and create an even more sustaining pair.
- Apples add wonderful sweetness to green smoothies, and pair well with antioxidant-rich fall spices like cinnamon and ginger.
- The malic acid found in apples is cleansing to the liver, an organ that supports clear, radiant skin.
- You don’t just always need to eat them raw; Ayurveda teaches that cooked apples are the most healing, since they’re warm and extremely easy to digest.
Orchard image ©Steenbergs
Apples image ©Jolene Hart