Pomegranate Is the Superfood Skin Care Ingredient That Does It All
Everyone (doctors, wellness devotees, parents) is always saying we need more fruits and vegetables. They’re typically referring to our diets. Given the number of fruit- and veggie-filled skin care products, one could think they’re talking about beauty routines, too. Watermelon and avocado are the latest buzzy skin care ingredients. But one reliable fruit that deserves all the praise is pomegranate.
Pomegranate extract can be used as a skin nutrient or an exfoliant, says Karen Asquith, national director of education at G.M. Collin. The ingredient is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamin C, catechins and flavonoids. Because of its composition, it’s able to help fight inflammation, hydrate skin, treat acne and dark spots. Not to mention brighten complexions and help delay the signs of aging, adds Dr. Mike Wong, executive vice president of research and development at EOS.
The antioxidants in the fruit are photoprotective, meaning they help prevent sun damage, explains board-certified dermatologist Dr. Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip. Another plus is that it’s suitable for all skin types. It’s extremely gentle when the enzyme is used for exfoliating. So it’s OK for those with sensitive skin, Asquith says. That’s why it can be found in cleansers, toners, exfoliants, masks, moisturizers and serums.
The best way to discover the power of pomegranate is to try it. These pomegranate beauty products will help everyone increase their recommended daily skin care serving of fruit.
TONYMOLY I'm Real Pomegranate Mask Sheet, $25 at Amazon
Joining a long line of the brand's fruit sheet masks, including peach, avocado, lemon and tomato, this mask contains a water-based essence with pomegranate extract to boost elasticity.
Jane Iredale POMMISST Hydration Spray, $36 at Jane Iredale
Suitable for all skin types, this spray relies on pomegranate extract to hydrate and fight free radicals caused by sun exposure. After applying foundation, use the product to lock makeup in place. It can also be used when skin needs a boost or whenever you want to smell the fresh scent.
Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream, $56 at Liz Earle
Our eyes give away a lot, including when we haven't gotten enough sleep. Most people try to cover dark circles with concealer, but treating the issue is more important. Use this eye cream on a daily basis and it will reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness as it lifts and firms. Antioxidant-rich green tea and pomegranate help turn dark panda eyes into bright, I-had-a-full-eight-hours eyes.
Kiehl's Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, $22.80 at Kiehl's
This moisturizer is made out of 95 percent naturally derived ingredients. Pomegranate extract gives it a pretty pale coral color while helping to hydrate and fight free radicals. Illuminating minerals offer a lit-from-within glow.
Korres Pomegranate AHA & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask, $23.80 at SkinStore
Take full advantage of pomegranate's exfoliating properties with this resurfacing mask. The mask is packed with 27.5 percent AHAs and BHAs to unveil glowing, smoother skin. The formula buffs via mechanical, chemical and enzymatic exfoliation. Pomegranate grains work on a physical level, while glycolic acid peels away dry, flaky skin. Don't be scared about the "resurfacing" claim as the mask is gentle enough that it can be used three times a week.
EmerginC Pomegranate Cleanser, $43 at EmerginC
Start experiencing the power of pomegranate at the start of your skin care regimen with this gel cleanser. The face wash removes dirt, oil and impurities without overdrying skin thanks to a blend of plant and herbal extracts. Besides pomegranate extract, there's blackberry extract, lemon peel extract, green tea, echinacea and licorice.
Palermo Body Regenerative Facial Serum - Rosehip CO2, $86 at Palermo Body
This serum is loaded with lots of interesting oils, including pomegranate seed (obviously), argan, mandarin and rosehip. What makes it even more exciting is that it uses CO2 (supercritical) extraction to draw the oils from the plant. CO2 oils are the purest form of herbal extracts, which means all that natural goodness goes straight to skin.
Freeman Beauty Pomegranate Revealing Peel-Off Mask, $3.99 at Walgreens
Sheet masks are always fun to use, but don't leave peel-off masks out of #MaskingMondays. There's no mixing involved with this easy-to-use formula. Apply the pomegranate-infused mask to skin and it gets to work refining the look of pores and hydrating skin. Pomegranate may be the hero ingredient, but the mask has an eight antioxidant blend made up of superfoods, including goji, açai, noni, blueberry and cranberry to fight free radicals. When the mask is dry, carefully peel it off, then take the obligatory selfie.
Sephora Collection Clean Eye Mask Pomegranate, $3.50 at Sephora
Wake up tired eyes pronto with these bio-cellulose patches. Natural pomegranate extract and broccoli extract help energize tired, puffy eyes in no time. Keep a stack of the eye masks handy and apply them before work so you will look awake even if you don't feel it. The patches are dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested so put them on the eye area with confidence.
HydroPeptide Balancing Mask, $38 at Nordstrom
This mask is all about red fruits. The anti-stress cranberry pomegranate mask soothes reactive, dehydrated skin by fighting free radicals and forming a protective barrier. The formula might tingle, but it will leave skin calmer and moisturized with a youthful glow. And it works in 7 to 10 minutes.