An apple a day keeps the doctor—and wrinkles—away! This go-to fruit contains ample amounts of skinhealthy nutrients and antioxidants, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid. The flavonoids in apples can help prevent inflammation—one of the main culprits in skin aging. “We use apple juice instead of water in many of our products because it is an excellent skin toner—it helps refine skin texture,” says Rechelbacher.
- emerginC Protocell ($90; emerginc .com) is a rich cream that combats the signs of aging using apple stem cells.
- L’occitaine Almond Eye Gel ($33; usa.loccitane.com) fights under-eye puffiness and circles with organic apple extracts.
Also try: Ilike Apple & Lemon Whipped Moisturizer ($60; skincarebyalana.com), which combines the exfoliating properties of apple with the antiseptic properties of lemon to refresh and brighten skin. H.wood. Beauty Green Apple Lip Tea Scrub ($20; hwoodbeauty.com) exfoliates dull, dry lips with apple-scented grains.
For thousands of years, mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes. Now, they’re being used for their beauty-boosting effects. “Some varieties exfoliate the skin, and most will have a potent anti-inflammatory effect,” says Baumann. “They can help control free radical damage.” And those free radicals—which break down collagen and lead to wrinkles, sagging and other signs of premature aging—are your skin’s worst enemies.
- Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque ($29; aveda .com) brings dull skin back to life and soothes with poria cocos mushrooms.
- Aveeno Positively Ageless Multi- Defense Daily Moisturizer ($19; ulta .com) is enriched with a shiitake blend that helps speed cell turnover.
- Dr. Weil for Origins Mega- Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum ($66; origins.com) helps calm redness and fight inflammation.
This sweet treat (and the cocoa bean from which it is derived) is a rich source of antioxidants. In fact, says Baumann, cocoa has significantly higher levels of antioxidants (like resveratrol and theaflavin) than red wine, green tea and black tea. “The polyphenols and methylxanthines in cocoa are rife with anti-aging benefits,” says Macrene Alexiades- Armenakas, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. “The polyphenols are antioxidants that have anti-cancer activity, and the methylxanthines act like caffeine to help shrink broken capillaries and decrease redness and puffiness.” And cocoa butter (obtained from the same bean) has long been used in moisturizers designed to superhydrate skin.
- Crater Lake Company Chocolate & Silk Renewing Face Masque ($17; craterlakecompany.com) contains organic Peruvian cocoa powder to refresh and detoxify skin.
- The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter ($20; thebodyshop-usa.com) is a treat that leaves skin super soft.
Also try: Lush Double Choc Lip Tint ($7; lush.com), a neutral bronze shade that adds a warm glow to lips.
Cleopatra reportedly took frequent milk baths to keep her complexion smooth—and she may have been on to something. “The proteins in milk are very soothing,” says Baumann. “They work on the surface of the skin to help reduce redness.” Milk is also a source of lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid in the same family as glycolic acid. When topically applied, it acts as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells. “The lactic acid in milk makes the dead cells let go of each other so they can flake off,” explains Baumann. The result? A brighter complexion.
- Aura Cacia Soothing Organic Milk & Oat Bath ($3; auracacia.com) nourishes skin with organic milk powder and calms your senses with a soothing lavender scent.
- Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser ($21; sephora.com) uses the soothing power of milk proteins to gently wash away the day.
- One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque ($39; oneloveorganics.com) contains whole milk powder, which gently exfoliates.