POMEGRANATE: WINTER’S MIRACLE WORKER
November is National Pomegranate Month and with good reason. Called the “miracle fruit,” pomegranates are chock full of health and restorative powers and beauty companies are taking notice. From acne to anti-aging to sun protection, the benefits of pomegranate are far reaching due to its bounty of vitamins B5 and C, potassium, antioxidants, and polyphenols. Pomegranate seed oil—considered as an “elixir of youth”—contains punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid, which helps regenerate cell growth. Together these elements enhance skin longevity, promote healthy skin, and slow down the process of aging. With all of these great benefits, it’s no wonder this fruit is so miraculous!
No stranger to the power of pomegranate, Korres has an entire collection dedicated to this fruit. The product that captures our heart is Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment ($38). For oily to combination skin, this oil-absorbing treatment minimizes the look of pores and redness while giving skin a smooth, matte finish that lasts the whole day. Antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract is blended with willow bark extract and rice starch to help absorb excess oil for a shine-free finish. In an 8-week clinical study, 94% of subjects showed a reduction in the visibility of pores, 84% of subjects showed a reduction in redness, and 88% of subjects showed an improvement in the overall appearance of their skin.
We also love the Murad Vitalic pomegranate-infused cleanser and moisturizer. Vitalic Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser ($26) is a dual-action foaming facial cleanser that cleanses and tones in one step. Pomegranate and artemia extracts revitalize tired skin, witch hazel tones and tightens pores, and copper energizes your skin. After using the cleanser, we love to slather on the Vitalic Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer ($33). This lightweight moisturizer infuses skin with oil-free hydration while pumping up its energy and shielding you from the elements. Its pomegranate complex restores natural radiance, zinc and copper condition and balance the skin, and SPF 15 protects against photo-aging.
Pomegranate products aren’t just for your face. Dove Go Fresh Revive Body Wash in Pomegranate & Lime Verbena ($7) is infused with NutriumMoisture™ technology. This body wash contains 100% natural moisturizers and nourishes and refreshes skin deep down. No wonder it’s reportedly a top choice for dermatologists. And did you know that pomegranate is a natural UV protector. After a shower, spritz on Jane Iredale Pommisst Hydration Spray ($18.50) to help protect your skin from the effects of the sun. One spray a day protects your skin from damaging free radicals and sun-protective minerals shield your skin from harmful rays.
Hair care is important whether you are more of a DIY type of girl or if the salon is #1 on your speed dial. Klorane’s pomegranate line helps preserve color and keep it vibrant and full of shine. The antioxidant-packed formulations include Klorane Shampoo with pomegranate ($13) and Klorane Conditioner with pomegranate ($14). The shampoo and conditioner both contain pomegranate extract that binds color for a longer lasting finish. Complete your hair regimen with Klorane No rinse care with pomegranate ($14) which helps protect your hair color while also providing sun protection. Check out BITB’s Gorgeous Giveaway from November 12 to November 18, 2012 for a chance to win the complete Klorane pomegranate line.
Apivita Express Beauty Mask with Pomegranate ($30) is a revitalizing and radiance mask that is ideal for dry skin. Moisturizing, refreshing, and rejuvenating, this is heaven sent for parched complexions. Using green tea infusion for its antioxidant power, this product contains 89% natural ingredients and can be used once or twice weekly. Pomegranate provides revitalization and restoration benefits and works with green tea to boost antioxidant protection.