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15 Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates For Skin And Hair

Pomegranate ( Punica Granatum) is a delicious fruit that grows on the deciduous tree of the Lythraceae family.  It was originally cultivated in Iran but is now cultivated in many regions of Middle East, Tropical Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Central Asia, Meditterian Basin etc. In the Northern hemisphere, it gets cultivated from September to February, and in Southern Hemisphere, it gets cultivated during March to May.

Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants etc. it provides a number of benefits for our health, but, it should be noted that benefits of pomegranates are not just limited to health, and there are also some beauty benefits of pomegranates for our skin and hair.

In this article, we will know about the major beauty benefits of pomegranates for our skin and hair, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of Pomegranates.

 

Nutrition Chart of Pomegranates

Nutrition Chart of Pomegranates
Source-USDA

Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates

 

Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates
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Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates For Skin

 

(1) Helps In Maintaining Skin Health

Eating pomegranates on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial not just for keeping us healthy but also for maintaining our skin health.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc.

The antioxidants present in the pomegranate fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells and tissues. They are also effective in increasing collagen level in our body which in turn helps in keeping our skin healthy.

Collagen is an important protein found in abundance in our body in muscles, bones, skins, blood vessels etc. It performs many important functions like improve skin health, reduces joint pain, aids in healing leaky gut, improves metabolism, improves the elasticity of skin, strengthens nails and teeth etc.

Some compounds present in the pomegranates prevents the enzymes from breaking down collagen in our body, and this helps in keeping our skin healthy.

In addition to this, it also improves the growth of fibroblasts and keratinocytes in our body which respectively assist in the production of elastin and fibers, and make protects the outer layer of our skin.  By doing so, it increases the property of skin to repair itself.

(2) Provides Moisturization To Our Skin

Pomegranate has been found to be very effective in providing moisturization to our skin.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of high water content in it.  Around 82 percent of pomegranate’s volume weight is water which makes it a wonderful fruit for skin moisturization.

It has been found that not just eating pomegranates but also the topical application of pomegranates is effective for skin moisturization.

By keeping our skin moisturized, it provides a number of benefits as it makes our skin soft, supple and healthy.

Oil derived from the seeds of pomegranate can also be used for maintaining moisturization of skin because of the presence of punicic acid in it.

(3) Promotes Cell Regeneration

Consuming pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice on a regular basis has been found to be very effective when it comes to cell regeneration.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients etc. present in the pomegranates.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our skin cells. By doing so, they not only keep our skin healthy but also reduces the signs of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dark spots, skin blemishes, freckles etc.

It protects the outer layer ( epidermis) and dermis (inner layer of our skin) and thus aids in the generation of new skin cells.

In addition to the antioxidants, other minerals like zinc, copper etc. present in the pomegranate also assist in keeping our skin healthy.

(4) Helps In Treating Acne

Acne is a major skin problem that affects millions of people all over the world. The exact cause of acne is unknown but it is said to be caused and get worsened by the clogging of skin pores by impurities like dust, pollutant etc. and by excess oil secretion from our skin pores.

consuming pomegranates or applying it topically on the skin has been found to be very beneficial for treating acne.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of Vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that regulates the production of sebum in our body, the oily substance that clogs our skin pores and increases the risk of acne and pimples.

Antioxidants like Vitamin C present in the pomegranate is also beneficial in protecting our skin cells from the oxidative damage, and this, in turn, helps in controlling skin problems like acne.

In addition to the antioxidants, pomegranates are also a good source of water and other nutrients like zinc, phosphorus etc. that keep our skin healthy.

(5) Good For Dry Skin

Topical application of pomegranate or pomegranate juice has been found to be very beneficial for the individuals with dry skin.

This is because of the presence of the rich water content in it. Around 82 percent of pomegranate’s volume is water which means it is very effective in providing hydration to our skin. When our skin is well hydrated, problems like dry skin vanishes on its own.

In addition to this, pomegranate is also a good source of punicic acid ( an omega-5 fatty acid) that contributes in getting rid of the dead and dry skin.

Regular application of the pomegranate juice on the affected area can soothe dry and cracked skin, and make it soft and supple.

Also Read: 15 Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranates

(6) Good For People With Oily Skin

As mentioned earlier, the vitamin C present in the pomegranate is very effective in regulating the production of sebum, an oily substance that excretes from the skin pores, beneficial and thus increases the chances of acne and pimples.

Because of the ability of pomegranate to control sebum secretion, it has been found to beneficial for treating oily skin and is thus added to various skin products.

(7) Provides Anti-Ageing Benefits

Consuming pomegranates on a regular basis has been found to be very effective in protecting our skin from the harmful effects of the premature aging.

This anti-ageing benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, phytochemicals etc. in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells, including the skin cells and tissues.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions, so, they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules, thereby causing oxidative damage to them.

Antioxidants present in the pomegranates protects our cells and tissues from the oxidative damage, and thus reduces the risk of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dark spots, skin blemishes etc. at bay.

In addition to this, they are also effective in increasing the production of collagen and elastin, compounds that play an important role in keeping our skin healthy as they improve the elasticity of our skin and performs many other functions too.

(8) Protects Us Against The Harmful Sun Rays

The antioxidants present in the pomegranate is beneficial not only for reducing the signs of premature aging but also for protecting us from the harmful sun rays.

It has been found that eating pomegranates on a regular basis is very effective in protecting us from the harmful effects of the sun rays, which may otherwise give rise to skin cancer and other skin problems.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and another relevant compound in them. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents our skin cells from the oxidative damage.

By doing so, it not only reduces the signs of premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles but also reduces the risk of development of skin cancer, skin tumor, and other skin problems.

In addition to the antioxidants, pomegranate is also a good source of ellagic acid, a polyphenol that inhibits the growth of skin tumors and thus provides protection against skin cancer.

(9) Treats Skin Inflammation

Another major benefit of pomegranate for skin is their ability to heal wounds and provide relief from the pain caused by the inflammation.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of the inflammatory compounds like Vitamin C and polyphenols in them.

It has been found that eating pomegranates on a regular basis and as well as topical application of pomegranate extract or the oil on the affected area accelerate the healing process of the wound, and also provides relief from the inflammation and the pain associated with it.

The anti-inflammatory properties associated with the pomegranate also make it beneficial for the individuals suffering from inflammatory diseases like gouts, arthritis, rheumatism etc.

(10) Provides Nourishment To Skin

Eating pomegranates on a regular basis or applying it topically on the skin has been found to be very effective in providing nourishment to our skin.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of the vital nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols, and water etc. in it.

The water present in the pomegranate provide hydration to our skin cells and tissues and thus keep them moisturized. It improves the elasticity of the skin, and also helps in removing toxins from our skin pores, and thus reduces the risk of acne and pimples.

Similarly, the antioxidants present in the pomegranate protects our skin cells from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals and thus reduces the signs of premature aging.

Some other compounds like copper, zinc etc. also play a significant role in keeping our skin healthy.

(11) Aids In Treating Skin Infections

Regular consumption of pomegranate or applying it topically on the skin has been found to be very effective in treating various skin infections like eczema, psoriasis etc.

This benefit is mainly due to the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranate.

Eating pomegranates on a regular basis reduces the risk of skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, and applying pomegranate extract or the pomegranate seed oil on the affected area helps in treating it.

Also Read: 7 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Pomegranates

 

Beauty Benefits of Pomegranate For Hair

 

(1) Strengthens Hair Follicles

Pomegranate is beneficial not just for our health and skin, but also for our hair and scalp.

It has been found that eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice on a regular basis is very effective in strengthening our hair follicles.

This benefit of pomegranate is mainly due to the presence of the antioxidants and other antioxidantal compounds in them. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells, including the hair follicles and the scalp.

By protecting our hair follicles from the oxidative damage, it also reduces the risk of hair loss, premature graying of hair etc.

In addition to this, the punicic acid present in the pomegranate seed oil is very effective in improving the blood circulation in our scalp, and for making our hair strong, thick and healthy. By improving blood circulation, it also promotes hair growth.

(2) Good For Treating Frizzy Hair

Pomegranate has been found to be very effective in treating frizzy hair.

For this reason, pomegranate oil can be used in hot oil treatment or for pre-shampoo soothing of frizzy hair.  It not provides moisturization to our hair but also detangles our hair and improves their appearance.

The nutrients present in the pomegranate provide nourishment to our hair and scalp and thus helps in keeping them soft, shiny and strong.

(3) Make Our Hair Lustrous

Pomegranate has been found to be beneficial not only for making our hair strong and healthy but also for adding shine and luster to our hair.

For this, pomegranate oil can be used along with carrier oil like jojoba oil or almond oil. Regularly massaging your hair with the pomegranate oil mixed with almond oil adds shine to our hair, and also strengthens them.

(4) Strengthens Dull Hair

Another beauty benefit of pomegranate for hair is their ability to strengthen dull hair.

For this, take some pomegranate oil and heat it till it becomes mildly hot. Now massage your hair with oil. After this, wrap your hair in a towel for 30 minutes, and then rinse off with a conditioner or shampoo.

Doing this, will strengthen your hair, and will also add a natural gloss to the dull hair.

 

Reference(s)

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/top-10-health-benefits-of-pomegranates/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pomegranate.html

 

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