4 Benefits of Pomegranates for Your Skin
The pomegranate is one of the world's most ancient fruits. The health benefits of this fruit have been known since ancient times and studies have shown that they possibly lower the risk of various diseases.
Recently, pomegranates have gained popularity as a key component as part of a healthy skincare regime. It offers many benefits from reducing oxidative stress and free radicals to fighting against blemishes and skin aging. Here, our team has selected the top 4 skin benefits of pomegranate.
“Eat a pomegranate and visit a bath; your youth will haste back.”‐ Ancient Egyptian proverb.
1. Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging and thought to be responsible for age-related changes in appearance, such as wrinkles and gray hair. Antioxidants help detox and repair damaged skin, and reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. They are most abundant in fruits and vegetables. One of the antioxidant-rich food is pomegranates. Arils, those edible seeds inside, are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
2. Great UV Radiation Protection
The pomegranate seeds have the sun protective compounds that can alleviate sunburns and repair the damage caused by sunburns. Solar ultraviolet radiations are the primary causes of many biological effects such as aging and skin cancer. These radiations resulted in DNA damage and protein oxidation. In one study, the effects of pomegranate juice, extract, and oil were examined against UVB-mediated damage.
The outer layer of our skin is made up of collagen and elastic fibers. Sadly collagen and elastin degrade as we age and wrinkles arise. Pomegranate contains about 48% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C and Vitamin C helps produce collagen and improve skin elasticity. According to one study, antioxidants can help decrease the incidence of age spots and wrinkles and increase cell regeneration, which is your skin’s ability to get rid of old skin cells on the surface so it can rejuvenate new ones.
Antioxidants help reduce the damage caused by free radicals and reduce skin inflammation. Pomegranates, being an antioxidant-rich fruit, reduces the symptoms of certain inflammatory skin conditions like acne and eczema. The vitamin C content also helps in regulating the production of sebum, an oily secretion which may cause acne.
Next step, include some pomegranates as part of your daily meals. If you have trouble cutting a pomegranate, here is a video that can help you with that.