The pomegranate with its juicy, ruby red arils is not only a delicious fruit, but has been known for centuries for its many health and skin care benefits. From purifying the blood and managing heart problems, to preventing sun-related skin damage, or even being considered an aphrodisiac, there’s not much this powerful fruit can do. He might as well be wearing a cape!
We spoke to Dr. Meghna Gupta, founder and dermatologist of Delhi Skin Center, about how this phytonutrient-rich plant can help with skincare. She says, “Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant and is rich in polyphenols. It thus helps prevent sun damage, repairs and protects the skin, improves hydration, and also revitalizes and regenerates the skin leaving it feeling and looking healthy. Wow! See what we mean about this cape?
Let’s dive into each of these benefits…
Benefits of pomegranate in skin care
UV Protection: Although it cannot replace sunscreen, clinical studies have shown that pomegranate has the ability to improve UV protection in the skin, where skin cells are better equipped to deal with harmful UV rays and to their effects.
Anti-aging : It’s not for nothing that the pomegranate has been called a superfood. In skincare, it can help counteract premature aging caused by sun damage – so say goodbye to fine lines, age spots, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.
Rich in antioxidants: It contains antioxidants such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid and tannins, which work against free radical damage, slowing the signs of aging. It also stimulates skin cells which help in cell regeneration.
Healthier looking skin: Pomegranate extracts help boost skin elasticity by aiding in the production of collagen and elastin, which means smoother, firmer skin. Additionally, pomegranate seed oil contains a unique compound called punicic acid that can help improve skin elasticity and even skin tone.
Excellent hydration: The extracts of this fruit and its seeds work well to moisturize the skin. Its small molecular structure allows it to penetrate deep into the skin, making it effective in treating dry skin.
Dr. Meghna points out that “pomegranate extracts in skincare work well with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and vitamin E to name a few.” She adds that while it is suitable for all skin types, it could, in some cases, cause irritation for sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. But nothing that a simple patch test can’t rule out.
Now, we can bet you didn’t know there were so many amazing skin and body care products infused with the goodness of pomegranate. Here are our picks…
1. Estée Lauder Nutritious Super-Pomegranate Radiant Energy Moisture Creme
Providing all-day hydration, this cream promises to gently detoxify skin while infusing it with hydration for hydrated, plumped and glowing skin. This Nutritious Super-Pomegranate range also includes a 2-in-1 lotion, night cream and cleansing foam, all infused with pomegranate harvested from the pristine Mediterranean basin. The fruit is processed through an 8-step cold solvent extraction process to preserve its potency and potency. Now that looks good enough to eat!
2. Prakti PritiPolish
This new-age facial scrub uses finely ground rice powder that gently exfoliates while natural pomegranate enzymes encourage cell turnover, and powerful Ayurvedic ingredients revitalize and provide major antioxidant support to the skin. The natural AHAs in pomegranate extract slough off dead skin cells, leaving skin looking brighter and more radiant.
3. Innisfree Jeju Pomegranate Revitalizing Emulsion
Formulated with 100% fresh Jeju Pomegranate Juice and Pomegranate Seed Oil, this milky emulsion helps achieve naturally glowing skin from within and boosts skin firmness on the surface. The range includes a serum, toner, capsule cream, foaming cleanser and eye essence, all of which help to improve the skin’s moisture level and elasticity, making it look clearer and more youthful.
4. Neemli Naturals Pomegranate Sea Buckthorn Body Oil
The nourishing qualities of Pomegranate and the glowing properties of Himalayan Sea Buckthorn come together in this massage oil that helps brighten and nourish the skin and eliminate any unwanted tan. Recommended for use after a bath or for a massage, it absorbs quickly and leaves no oily residue. The good news is that all of the oils used in this product are of the highest quality without any fillers.
5. Forest Essentials Silky Shower Cleanser Ice Pomegranate & Kerala Lime
Enjoy clean, hydrated and glowing skin by taking advantage of this sulfate-free shower wash that nourishes and purifies the skin. The fresh blend of antioxidant-rich pomegranate and lime leaves skin lightly scented with subtle citrus notes. The Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime collection also consists of an ultra-rich body milk, body mist, sugar soap and after bath oil. It already makes us feel fresh!
6. TonyMoly I Am Pomegranate Sheet Mask
Known for its cute and colorful packaging, this K-beauty brand’s sheet masks are a real hit. The three-layer sheet mask, filled with pomegranate extracts, naturally boosts your collagen, increases elasticity, softens and removes keratin buildup. The aqueous essence penetrates deep into the skin without any sticky or heavy feeling. Just perfect for summer!
7. The Face Shop Pomegranate Collagen Lifting Serum
Enriched with pomegranate extracts and marine collagen, this serum is a highly concentrated firming serum that effectively penetrates the skin, leaving skin looking and feeling lifted. Pomegranate extracts help brighten and boost skin vitality, while collagen provides resilience, lifts and firms the skin. The range also includes an emulsion, a toner, a cream and an eye contour cream.
8. Victoria’s Secret Pomegranate Lotus Moisturizing Body Lotion
Part of Victoria’s Secret’s Natural Beauty Body Care collection, this indulgent lotion is infused with shea butter and coconut oil and provides 24-hour hydration with the subtle scent of pomegranate and lotus. To maximize the benefits of the fragrance, you can also pair the lotion with its fragrance mist, exfoliating body scrub, and body wash.
9. Juicy Chemistry Certified Kakadu Plum and Pomegranate Facial Oil
A 100% organic face oil, it is a blend of vitamins A, C, E and antioxidant-rich oils. It helps promote a more even skin tone, firmer texture and delays the signs of aging. Infused with pomegranate seeds, it repairs cell damage while grapefruit helps control oil production.
10. Kimirica Body Care Lotion & Shower Gel Duo
A new line of sulfate-free shower gels and silicone-free body lotions from Kimirica, enriched with a blend of nettle, pomegranate and soy extracts and provide long-lasting moisture and hydration. They are available in five deliciously smelling variations: Whispering Peach, Pink Caribbean Clouds, Miami Nights, Sunkissed Clementine and Madagascar Vanilla.
11. Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub with Pomegranate Seed and Shea Butter
With a thick, whipped texture, this fresh, pomegranate-scented polish effectively buffs away dead skin cells to reveal soft, glowing skin. It is composed of a quarter of moisturizing cream and cleansers of natural origin to nourish the skin in depth.
12. Good Vibes Pomegranate Glow Toner
A lightweight, alcohol-free hydrating face toner, it effectively balances skin’s pH levels, minimizes the appearance of visible pores and instantly refreshes skin. The antioxidants present in pomegranate neutralize free radicals which help prevent premature aging of the skin.