When you think of pomegranates all that may come to mind is “Oh! I can’t be bothered to spend my time physically taking out all the seeds before I can actually get to enjoy them – such a task!” So what then makes eating this fruit worth all that effort? Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, and other nutrients, adding pomegranates to your diet can have more health benefits than you’d imagine. But before we dive into the power of pomegranates in beauty and skincare, here’s a list of some of the health benefits of pomegranates:
- Boost heart health
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- Fight inflammation
- Boost digestive health
- Reduce the risk of diabetes-related atherosclerosis
- Lowers the risk of injury to the placenta during pregnancy
- Strengthen teeth
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve kidney function
- Improve menstrual health
- Prevent fatty liver disease
- Improve hair health
- Treat several skin conditions
- Boost skin health
Now that we’ve briefly covered the many health benefits of pomegranates, let’s move our focus to the power of pomegranates in your beauty and skincare routine, which is what this article is all about.
Pomegranates have been used as a natural remedy for over 3000 years, and like the rest, pomegranates have captured the attention of the beauty industry. As we mentioned above, pomegranates don’t just have health benefits attached to them purely by consumption, but are also beneficial in boosting skin health and treating several skin conditions via topical application. Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that are essential for skin health, pomegranates can help fight skin inflammation, treat acne breakouts, dark spots, as well as help in delaying the signs of ageing.
While pomegranate seed oil is known to help cure skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, the antioxidants in pomegranate seeds or pomegranate powder help combat inflammation and breakouts caused by acne.
Pomegranate seed oil is also great for boosting hydration due its properties like punicic acid (the main fatty acid in the oil), and small amounts of oleic acid (a monosaturated fatty acid), making pomegranate seed oil a slow-drying oil. This means your skin has more time to absorb the much-needed moisture it’s craving to keep your skin feeling hydrated and supple through the day.
You could either choose to buy a product that contains pomegranate oil as its main ingredient or you could choose to buy just the oil and add a few drops to your moisturiser as part of your day or night time skincare regime. If you suffer from dry skin conditions and are looking to treat and hydrate the skin under your eyes, Naturaline’s Pomegranate Liposome Eye Cream, contains organic pomegranate extract liposomes that help to regenerate the delicate skin around your eyes; and is free from artificial perfumes, colourings, or mineral-oil based ingredients.
If you’re struggling to find a good exfoliator and are into DIY skincare, you could try grinding pomegranate seeds and using the ground seeds as an exfoliator. Ground pomegranate seeds are nutrient-rich and enriching for your skin as they release all of their nutrients during the grinding process.
If you’ve run out of toner and have pomegranates lying around, you can use the juice of the pomegranate along with apple cider vinegar as a toner, after cleansing your skin. But make sure to use just a little of the pomegranate juice, or you’ll end up with a sticky face. And if this is not for you, then you could try the Korres Pomegranate Tonic Lotion that is great for removing make-up, impurities and excess sebum, while providing your skin with a matt finish – and it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans!
These are some of the ways that you can incorporate pomegranates into your daily skincare regime to reap the benefits of these powerful pomegranate seeds. And if trying any of the above DIY suggestions is not your cup of tea, then you can always drink the juice of a pomegranate or eat a lot of seeds, or perhaps sprinkle them over your porridge instead? Yummy-licious! I do love porridge and I love pomegranates too, so mentioning the two in the same sentence is making me hungry already –