An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it also might keep you out of the aesthetician’s office.
It turns out that apples have some amazing properties in skin care. Check them out:
Apples are a Natural Source of Plant Stem Cells
Whether or not plant stem cells hold promise for skin care users remains to be seen at this time in any large, peer-reviewed, published study in a reputable journal.
But for those who are into what is new and promising, plant stem cells are derived from the Edelweiss apple tree (which originates in Switzerland). These apples contain molecules that may help the skin’s repair and rejuvenation systems. While all fruits have stem cells within them, the most discussed in cosmetics today are the Edelweiss.
Specifically, the Edelweiss plant contains various leontopodic acids, which have extremely high antioxidant activity. Data shows that apple stem cell extracts show stronger antioxidant activity than many natural antioxidants including resveratrol and vitamin C in vitro (meaning in cell culture studies), and initial clinical results (reduction of wrinkles) in vivo (meaning on live, adult persons) are promising.
Apples Contain the DNA Damage Mitigator Antioxidant Phloretin
Phloretin is an antioxidant compound that is naturally found in the flesh and skin of apples. Early research demonstrates that phloretin is basically a super antioxidant that not only fights free radicals, but also protects against DNA damage and penetrates well into the skin. Additional research in The Journal of Biological Chemistry shows that phloretin is an inhibitor of sugar transport amongst red blood cells, which holds some level of promise as to the role phloretin may play in AGE (Advanced Glycation Product) formation and the subsequent hardening of the skin’s collagen.
According to Dr. Brenton B. Koch, M.D., “This powerhouse formulation divides and conquers when it comes to damage at every level. [Phloretin] protects against not only free radicals, but the range of other reactive molecules known to cause damage and DNA mutations among integral cell types. In addition, it corrects existing damage by stimulating the synthesis of essential proteins and fibers and accelerating cell turnover.”
Apples Help to Fight Hyperpigmentation
Perhaps most importantly, apples have been proven in peer-reviewed studies to help fight hyperpigmentation as a part of the complex known as Apple-ECO™.
How does Apple-ECO™ work? Apple-ECO™ has been shown to inhibit tyrosinase, resulting in some improvement in age spots over time (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry). This may also help to prevent age spots from forming in the future.
Unlike many lightening agents, Apple-ECO™ is gentle and hydrating. In fact, Apple-ECO™ has been found to hydrate the skin as effectively as hyaluronic acid! It also conditions the skin and provides gentle, non-irritating exfoliation.
Apple is a Tremendous Natural Source of Amino Acids
Amino acids are found in some of the world’s most nutritious foods, including lean meats, green leafy vegetables, and fruits, like apples!
Amino acids, unlike large 1000+ Dalton proteins, are very small and able to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Think of amino acids like “food” for your skin. The circulation will deliver amino acids to be incorporated into collagen, elastin, fibrin, and many other proteins as a part of your body’s natural skin assembly process.
In addition, topically-applied amino acids have been found to fight fine lines and wrinkles (European Journal of Dermatology, 2013), hydrate (Journal of Peptide Science, 2012), promote wound healing (JPEN, 2014), prevent infections (PLoS Pathogens, 2008), and boost protein synthesis within the skin (Minerva Pediatrica, 2014).
Don’t just eat your apples — apply them to your skin! We recommend getting the full effects of apples from our AminoGenesis Spotlight Skin Brightener, with Apple-ECO™ and other amazing skin hyperpigmentation fighting antioxidants. Learn more about it here!