Spiderman, Batman and The Avengers are all going to have to make room this summer because there’s a new ‘super’ in town…a super fruit that is! Pomegranates are packing a secret punch that provides a variety of health and skin benefits.
Women today are especially criticized and urged to look younger. We’re bombarded with media showing us the latest products that we absolutely need to keep wrinkles, saggy skin, acne and sun damage at bay. But CL has a secret for only the classiest of co-ed’s and we’re more then willing to share it with you!
Ladies have been using this secret weapon forever; even Cleopatra and Nefertiti knew what was up. Using pomegranates for its benefits can be dated back to 1552 BC, when the ancient Egyptians are documented as using pomegranates for both their beauty and healing purposes.
There are several health benefits to eating pomegranates due to their high levels of antioxidants, which help to prevent cell damage. Other health problems pomegranates help with include:
- Circulatory Disorders
- Digestive Problems
- Prevention of Heart Disease
- Blood Clots
- Weakened Immune Systems
- Viral Infections
- Dental Plaque
- Prostate, Skin and Breast Cancer
- PMS and Menopausal Problems
The effects this super fruit can have on your health and your skin are astonishing. The fruit is rich in ingredients such as fibre, amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, B5, B3, iron, folic acid, potassium and antioxidant polyphenols enhance our overall health as well as the beauty and life of our skin.
Benefits for Acne
Mostly a result of hormonal imbalance and digestive problems, acne skin issues can be hard to control. Pomegranates help in acne prevention as they work to correct digestive issues and promote healthy blood circulation. This rectifies the root cause of an acne breakout. When applied to the affected area it can also prevent scar formation by the regeneration of cell tissue.
Benefits for Anti-Aging
Pomegranate seed oil may very well be the closest thing to the fountain of youth will ever find. The antioxidant properties contribute to the regeneration of skin cells, reversing the sings of aging such as age spots, hyperpigmentation and saggy skin. The result is smooth youthful skin.
Collagen and elastin are what give strength and support to the skin and gives it elasticity. Over time collagen and elastin fibres break down and the result is aging skin and wrinkles. The cells that produce collagen and elastin are called fibroblasts and pomegranates extend the life of these cells. Also special components of pomegranates inhibit enzymes that break down collagen. Antioxidants from the fruit work to increase microcirculation to renew cells, prevent and smooth wrinkles to help the body create age defying skin.
Benefits for Cuts & Scrapes
The seeds from the pomegranate have excellent healing properties. They promote rapid healing of a wound as they also fight off infection. With the application of the seeds you can also expect minimal to no mark or scar on the skin after the wound is healed.
Benefits for Skin Cancer
Recent studies have shown that the application of pomegranate seed extract to the skin may reduce the formation of some forms of skin cancer. It works to protect against skin cancer because of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant, which researchers have found, inhibits the growth of skin tumors.
Benefits for Sun Damage
The antioxidants are at work again offering great sun protection. The gallic and ellagic acid found in the fruit help to ward off sun damage and the visible effects the damage does to age our skin. It can even help to relieve sunburn symptoms! To find out what else you can do to ease a sunburn check out What To Do If You Are Sunburnt
Benefits for Anti-Inflammatory
When the skin is inflamed the result can cause premature aging of the skin. Pomegranates contain stellar anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe and heal skin.
Benefits for Skin Hydration
The small molecular structure allows it to penetrate deeply into the skin so its great for dry skin.
There are many products on the market these days that contain a form of the pomegranates amazing properties. They can be very expensive products or be highly processed and have artificial ingredients.
It’s better to go right to the source yourself. Get the maximum benefits by applying a homemade pomegranate paste to your skin. You can do this by extracting the seeds from the fruit and blending them in a blender. Strain it and apply it directly on your skin or affected area. You’re then getting a high concentration of the pomegranates benefits without having to purchase an overpriced cream.
Now your skin can be as bright and radiant as you are!
Shaundra Boyd is a Health, Fashion & Lifestyle Writer for College Lifestyles, which is fantastic as she is extremely passionate about all three! This Canadian girl has a BSc Kinesiology and is currently studying Public Relations. She loves orchids, browsing her favorite magazines, family, friends & creativity