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An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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Apple-pie beauty

The same lowly but tasty fruit that offers vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber also is a premium ingredient in many beauty products and treatments. Here are a few that feature the goodness of apples.

Apple-pie beauty

1Origins Brighter by Nature SPF 35 Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer

So, maybe it doesn't have the star appeal of a laser treatment, but it also doesn't have the sticker shock. This clinically proven protective moisturizer contains skin-illuminating Japanese basil leaf, cucumbers, apples, peony, vitamin C and palmaria, all of which work together at lightning speed to help restore clarity and brightness to dull, uneven skin. It's even formulated with SPF 35 to prevent new spots from forming.

$42.50 at

2Garnier's Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Fresh Cleansing Foam

Just walking the streets can break down skin's natural protective barrier, causing it to lose moisture fast. This leads to dull, drab skin -- and breakouts! Here's a product that provides a deep cleanse to eliminate impurities but leaves skin feeling hydrated.

$6 at major drugstores

3Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin

Designed for sensitive skin to exfoliate, brighten and hydrate, this refining alpha hydroxy acid complex contains certified organic apple, lemon, grape juices, and raw cane sugar. Its skin-tingling formula exfoliates and brightens for visibly improved skin tone and texture. And it really works.

$39 at

4Lumene ExCELLent Future Deep Repairing Night Cream

All four products in the Lumene ExCELLent Future line feature Applexcell, which is a mixture of modern apple stem cell extract and ancient arctic white peat. The entire line is pretty impressive, but our favorite was the repairing night cream. Eighty percent of its ingredients are natural; it contains no synthetic colorants, and includes super-hydrating shea butter and other emollient oils. Blueberry seed oil, a unique arctic ingredient, is also rich in antioxidants to nurture and protect skin. It really does soften skin, right from the first use!

$29.99 at major drugstores

5Mark Break Out Plan Anti-Acne Gel Lotion

If you are prone to breakouts, you just may fall in love with this anti-acne gel. With apple and cinnamon extracts, this lightweight gel formula helps reduce the appearance of redness associated with acne and keeps pores clean and clear. Salicylic acid (1.5 percent), a proven acne fighter, also treats existing blemishes and blackheads while preventing new ones in a beneficial mix of nature and technology.

$16 at

Beauty how-to

Apple and honey facial masque

A fresh, relaxing, soothing facial masque you can make in your blender.

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