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Yes, eating an apple a day might help keep the doctor away, but applying it topically could also be the secret to brighter, smoother-looking skin.

Rich in antioxidants, apple extract protects your skin from wrinkle-inducing free radicals and environmental aggressors like smoke, UV rays, pollution, and stress. It also contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which slough off dead skin without the use of irritating scrubs or microbeads, resulting in a higher skin-cell turnover rate and a softer, more radiant complexion. Here, five ways to start using the super ingredient in your routine.

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