September is almost here and you know that that means??
From cider to apple butter, I love everything about apple season. I especially love getting apples from Kauffman’s Fruit Market in Bird in Hand, PA. They are much farther east than we are, but that’s where all the best PA fruits come from.
This year, I was lucky enough to get to try Kauffman’s Gift Box of Orchard Sampler.
It’s a delicious box of orchard goodies shipped right to your door! I chose the Sweet Apple Schnitz, 2 Red Apples, and their delicious Homemade Apple Butter.
My favorite part: Kauffman’s only includes the necessary ingredients. There are no fillers, no preservatives, just natural apple goodness.
So naturally, my mind shifted to a DIY beauty project: making a toning apple face mask. Check out my recipe below.
Please note: I am partnering with Kauffman’s Fruit Farm as a blog ambassador. I have received these Kauffman’s Fruit Farm products for free; however, all opinions remain my own.
Using Apples for Skin Care
The ingredients in this DIY are simple. Apples, Apple Butter, and honey. Though they are simple, they are extremely effective. Here’s why:
- Apples are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. These vitamins help skin to stay looking younger longer. Vitamin A helps fight infection and improves overall skin appearance while Vitamin C is an antioxidant that reduces skin wrinkling. These two vitamins help the body rid itself of free radicals.
- Apples also contain Vitamin E which protects skin from UV rays, conditions skin, and helps maintain its health.
- Apple Cider Vinegar also helps maintain skin’s pH balance. This is wonderful when looking for a good skin toner and why apple cider vinegar is also recommended for those suffering from acne.
- Apples contain malic acid (part of the alpha-hydroxy acid group) that tightens and smooths skin.
Now let’s talk about Apple Butter and why it is the perfect addition to this face mask.
- Apple butter is made of Apples, Apple Cider, Sugar, and Cinnamon. The apples and apple cider work together to tighten and brighten skin while the Cinnamon stimulates blood vessels thus bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the surface of skin. Additionally, cinnamon is known to help combat acne and eczema.
And finally, why use honey?
- Honey is naturally antibacterial. It helps skin glow while conditioning and moisturizing.
Now onto why you came here, the recipe!
- 1 Apple
- 1 tsp Apple Butter
- 2 tsp Honey
- Thinly grate the entire apple
- Mix in apple butter and honey
- Apply generously to face (note: the mask may feel a bit thin)
- Leave mask on for 20-30 minutes (the mask will feel quite sticky and thick as it dries)
- Gently wash face with warm water and cloth
That’s it! Your face should be left feeling bright, tight, and ready to face whatever the day has in store.