Pomegranates aren’t just delicious but are also constantly in the news for their various health benefits. However, did you know they’re great for your skin too? Here’s a lowdown on these benefits.
1. Fights Sun Damage
Pomegranate fights skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation by fighting free radicals which are triggered by sun exposure. So, if you’ve been suffering from uneven, patchy looking skin, sunburn, and sunspots, add pomegranate to your skincare regimen. Most studies state that topical application works best, and you could supplement it with a glass of pomegranate juice a day.1
How to use: Apply a pomegranate peel face mask after sun exposure.
Pomegranate face mask
- Add a few drops of lemon juice to pomegranate peel paste.
- Apply this mixture on your face. Wash it off with warm water after an hour.
- If you’ve got a sunburn, skip the lemon and add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel to the mask instead.
2. Firms Up Skin
Aging is inevitable, but premature skin aging is not. Exposure to the sun’s rays and pollutants indoors and outdoors as well as eating inflammation-causing foods age your skin rapidly. This is where pomegranates can help. The juice and peel of pomegranate contain catechins, a type of highly active antioxidant that can prevent degradation of connective skin tissue and help stimulate collagen synthesis by your body.2 And it is this collagen which makes your skin more supple and firm for that distinctive smooth look.
How to use: Include pomegranate in your diet. Mix the dried peel powder and fresh pomegranate juice and use it as a face pack regularly to avoid skin sagging that comes with aging.3
3. Prevents Wrinkles
The seed oil of pomegranates contains punicic acid, a kind of fatty acid, that helps lock moisture in the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. On top of that, the ellagic acid found in the arils of pomegranate can help reduce the number of wrinkles your skin develops due to exposure to UVB radiation.4
How to use: You could either consume pomegranate seeds regularly or add a few drops of pomegranate oil to your regular moisturizer before applying it.
4. Gives The Skin A Glow
As discussed earlier, pomegranate reduces sunspots and pigmentation caused due to exposure to UV rays. This helps prevent uneven skin tone that’s characteristic of aging skin. That apart, the vitamin C in pomegranate also makes the skin radiant.
How to use: Grind the seed and the peel to make a natural exfoliant. Use this twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells.5 6
5. Fights Acne
Pomegranate can help prevent and fight acne. People who have frequent acne breakouts tend to produce excessive sebum (an oily substance) whether due to hormonal trouble or digestive issues. Recent research holds that acne is caused by the oxidation of certain components of the sebum by free radicals and this is what attracts the acne-causing bacteria. Having low levels of vitamins C, A, and E and antioxidants in the blood has also been linked to acne. Which is why taking antioxidants like vitamins C and E topically and orally has been seen to prevent and treat acne. Pomegranates contain both vitamin C (48% of the daily value) and vitamin E (11% of the daily value) along with a host of other polyphenolic antioxidants. Together, these can prevent the oxidation of the sebum and, thereby, acne. Pomegranate juice also helps detoxify the liver and aids digestion, which reflects positively on your skin.7
How to use: You could consume 8 to 12 oz of pomegranate juice every day. Or you could make a paste with the dried peel and the arils and apply it on your face regularly.8
6. Hydrates Skin
Pomegranate juice doesn’t help only those with oily, acne-prone skin. If you suffer from dry skin, try adding pomegranate oil to your daily moisturizer. The punicic acid and trace amounts of oleic acid in the seed oil hydrates and repairs the skin. Moreover, pomegranate has vitamin C, and as studies have shown, using vitamin C topically for at least 12 weeks significantly decreases skin roughness.9
How to use: Mix a few drops of pomegranate seed oil in your regular moisturizer.
7. Might Help Treat Eczema And Psoriasis
Doctors often advise an antioxidant-rich diet for inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Theoretically, this is where pomegranate may help. A study found that pomegranate extract contains antioxidants that can suppress mast cells, a type of white blood cells, and prevent inflammation.10 11
How to use: Include the fruit in your diet, but not before consulting your doctor. People with eczema and psoriasis tend to have flare-ups after eating acidic fruits.
8. Accelerates Wound Healing
Wounds and scars can leave you looking worse for the wear, but pomegranate could come to the rescue. Research suggests that you could speed up wound healing by using ointments that have pomegranate peel extracts as the main ingredient. The catechins and gallic acid in the peel help contract the wound and enhance collagen, DNA, and protein synthesis. They also prevent bacterial or fungal infection of the wound. Polyphenol extracts from the ingredient have been seen to help with skin wound healing even in diabetic test animals.12 13 14
How to use: Choose a pomegranate extract based healing ointment. A study had also used a dried pomegranate peel powder mixed with petroleum jelly in a 10% concentration.15
9. Protects Against Skin Cancer
If you’re healthy, your skin will look great too! And that’s where pomegranates really come into their own. Pomegranate juice is considered among the healthiest fruit juices thanks to their high antioxidant stores whether in the form of vitamins C and E or in the form of polyphenols like ellagitannins.16 These antioxidants can go a long way in protecting your body against toxins, carcinogens, and inflammation. In fact, studies have shown the benefit of pomegranate seed oil against skin cancer on animals. Even having the fruit, along with the seeds, can contribute toward preventing a condition that afflicts over a million people a year.17
How to use: Consume the whole fruit or its juice regularly and apply a pomegranate peel face mask after sun exposure.
A Word Of Caution
Although their skin benefits make them irresistible, you should avoid consuming pomegranates if you
- Have diarrhea
- Are pregnant
- Are taking medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol18
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|↑2, ↑17||Zarfeshany, Aida, Sedigheh Asgary, and Shaghayegh Haghjoo Javanmard. “Potent health effects of pomegranate.” Advanced biomedical research 3, no. 1 (2014): 100.|
|↑3||WARANUCH, NETI, and WUDTICHAI WISUITIPROT. “Tea catechins and skin.” Chemistry 8 (2013): 1.|
|↑4||Bae, Ji‐Young, Jung‐Suk Choi, Sang‐Wook Kang, Yong‐Jin Lee, Jinseu Park, and Young‐Hee Kang. “Dietary compound ellagic acid alleviates skin wrinkle and inflammation induced by UV‐B irradiation.” Experimental dermatology 19, no. 8 (2010): e182-e190.|
|↑5||Zarfeshany, Aida, Sedigheh Asgary, and Shaghayegh Haghjoo Javanmard. “Potent health effects of pomegranate.” Advanced biomedical research 3 (2014).|
|↑6||Vitamin Enhanced Skincare. Baylor University.|
|↑7||Bowe, Whitney P., and Alan C. Logan. “Clinical implications of lipid peroxidation in acne vulgaris: old wine in new bottles.” Lipids in health and disease 9, no. 1 (2010): 1.|
|↑8, ↑18||Pomegranate. University Of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑9||Vitamin C and Skin Health. Oregon State University.|
|↑10||Rasheed, Zafar, Nahid Akhtar, Arivarasu N. Anbazhagan, Sangeetha Ramamurthy, Meenakshi Shukla, and Tariq M. Haqqi. “Polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract (POMx) suppresses PMACI-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines by inhibiting the activation of MAP Kinases and NF-κB in human KU812 cells.” Journal of Inflammation 6, no. 1 (2009): 1.|
|↑11||Sivaranjani, N., S. Venkata Rao, and G. Rajeev. “Role of reactive oxygen species and antioxidants in atopic dermatitis.” Journal of clinical and diagnostic research: JCDR 7, no. 12 (2013): 2683.|
|↑12||Hayouni, E. A., K. Miled, S. Boubaker, Z. Bellasfar, M. Abedrabba, H. Iwaski, H. Oku, T. Matsui, F. Limam, and M. Hamdi. “Hydroalcoholic extract based-ointment from Punica granatum L. peels with enhanced in vivo healing potential on dermal wounds.” Phytomedicine 18, no. 11 (2011): 976-984.|
|↑13||Chidambara Murthy, K. N., Vittal K. Reddy, Jyothi M. Veigas, and Uma D. Murthy. “Study on wound healing activity of Punica granatum peel.” Journal of Medicinal Food 7, no. 2 (2004): 256-259.|
|↑14||Yan, H., K. J. Peng, Q. L. Wang, Z. Y. Gu, Y. Q. Lu, J. Zhao, F. Xu et al. “Effect of pomegranate peel polyphenol gel on cutaneous wound healing in alloxan-induced diabetic rats.” Chinese medical journal 126, no. 9 (2012): 1700-1706.|
|↑15||Alshammari, Nouf Dughayshim, Nudrat Fatima, and Naira Nayeem. “Punica granatum Rind, a Traditional Herbal Medicine: Effect on wound healing.” International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Allied Sciences 6, no. 1 (2017): 53-58.|
|↑16||Pomegranates, raw. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28.|