Pomegranates are one of the most cumbersome fruits out there–you have to physically take out all of the seeds, and it can seem to be a pain, especially your first go round. But, it’s worth going through the motions to get those seeds out because they are so delicious and nutritious for you. Pomegranates are one of the most prized foods, nutritionally speaking, that you can eat. They’ve been linked to improved heart health, reduced risk of disease, and are an overall low-glycemic fruit.  Once you’re done removing the seeds from the pomegranate, you’ll obviously want to devour them, but did you ever think of using them in your daily skin care routine? Well, read on and find out just what you can do with this marvelously delicious fruit aside from enjoying them in a variety of scrumptious foods!

1. Face Mask (Clay and Pomegranate Juice)

If you have no idea what to do with that big jar of bentonite or Aztec clay you bought at your health food store a few months ago, why not give it a try this weekend, and treat yourself to an in-house facial? The twist here will be the use of pomegranate juice instead of water, so you’ll get that extra oomph of nutrients and a nice smelling aroma wafting through your nose while you wait for the clay to dry. To make it, just buy some bentonite clay from your local health food store and mix a tablespoon with pure pomegranate juice to make a clay mask. Stir together to mix well, let it sit on your face for an hour or so, and wash off gently to reveal beautiful, bright, and clear, smooth skin.

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2. Ground Seeds for Exfoliation

If you can’t find a good exfoliator, why not try some ground of pomegranate seeds? When you grind these seeds up, they’ll release all of their nutrients onto your skin, enriching it from the outside in. Be sure to wash your face thoroughly after exfoliating!

3. Pomegranate Juice Astringent/Toner

After washing your face with a non-toxic cleanser or some oil (see next step), you can immediately apply a toner of pomegranate juice and apple cider vinegar. Don’t use too much pomegranate juice, though, because your face might get sticky!

4. Pomegranate Seed Oil for Oil Cleansing

You can cleanse your face in a variety of ways, but the best way to make your skin beam in the sunlight would be to oil cleanse. This method can be done with jojoba, castor, coconut, sesame, avocado, olive, and even pomegranate oil; however, usually oil cleansing is done with a mixture of some of these oils. A cold-pressed pomegranate seed oil should go into your mix because it is brimming with flavonoids and punicic acid to deeply nourish the epidermal layer of the skin.

5. Anti-Aging Benefits

Still not convinced putting pomegranate seeds, juice, or oil topically on your skin will do anything? Well, you can always drink pomegranate juice! If you drink pomegranate juice daily or eat a lot of pomegranate seeds, then you may be slowing the aging process. Pomegranates may be linked to a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines caused by excess skin exposure because of their ability to regenerate the skin and prevent hyperpigmentation.

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6. Improves Texture of The Skin

Pomegranates may lengthen the life of fibroblasts, the proteins that are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, two tightening agents in the skin. You can prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin by drinking pomegranate juice daily.

7. Skin Cancer Preventing Benefits

Pomegranate contains anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins, both of which possess strong antioxidant and anti-tumor promoting properties, so when pomegranate juice is ingested and applied directly to the skin, it may inhibit the growth of skin cancer.

 See all the magic that pomegranates can conjure up? They really are wonderful, so get some pronto! Remember, the benefits are worth any little bit of incovenience the seeds may cost you and look at it this way, you can always eat snack on some of the juicy sweet seeds during your labor, and even freeze some for later use such as in breakfast oatmeal!

Do you use pomegranates on your skin?

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