This fruit of the dead gives your skin life!

Pomegranate is on the front lines of skin defense

If you have not caught the gist of our latest posts, we are all about fighting the damn fight against free radicals. Those nasty buggers are at the root of most of your skin issues! A free radical is an unstable molecule that binds itself to your stable molecules. It wreaks havoc on your body, hence the term radical. Free radicals break down the proteins that your skin needs most - yes, we mean collagen and elastin. Although it is natural for collagen to decrease as you age, a premature loss can be traumatic for your skin. Why? Well, because collagen helps your skin to heal itself amongst other skin miracles.

 illustration of stable molecule versus free radical

When your skin does not produce enough collagen, you can expect to see more fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and blemishes, and a dull, rough texture! Worst of all, your skin begins to sag because of the loss of elasticity. Sagging skin in your older, wiser years is a sign of a good, long life. Yet, in your earlier years, it can be a cause for insecurities. That is if you are honest with yourself.

Antioxidants are the anti-free radicals

The good news is that there are many solutions to combat free radicals! It just so happens that most of Masktini’s skincare products do that. This gentle skincare brand is all about antioxidant-rich natural skincare ingredients. After all, you cannot wage war against free radicals without antioxidants. In a simpler term, antioxidants are anti-free radicals. They are the vitamins and minerals that defend your skin against free radicals. Three common examples of antioxidants are vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins are not only found in your favorite skincare products but in your favorite foods, too. That means with the proper diet and skincare routine your body should not fall prey to free radicals.

If you made it to this point and asked yourself if oranges, carrots, and almonds are antioxidant-rich foods, the answer is yes! But what if you do not like any of those foods? There are other options, of course! One of those options is pomegranate. In Greek mythology, this fruit was a symbol of death and fertility. That is why they called it the fruit of the dead. In skincare, though, pomegranate is anything but death. Like other antioxidant-rich foods, pomegranate brings death to free radicals. In other words, it gives you life! With that said, keeping reading for:

3 benefits of using pomegranate skincare products

1. Slows down the aging process

Aging is a sign of a good, long life. Take life one day at a time so that it does not hit you too soon or hard. If you do not want to embrace aging, then pomegranate can slow down the aging process. It increases your skin cell turnover rate, which is essential for youthful skin. Further, it decreases the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. 

One of the signs of youthful aging is a brighter complexion. Nothing says life is good like that sun kissed glow, right?! Because pomegranate can increase cell turnover, it is an excellent skincare ingredient for a brighter complexion. Masktini’s Metal Head Gold Brightening Mask gives the gift of glow thanks to a natural plant extract like pomegranate.

2. Exfoliates your skin

Nobody likes rough, dull skin. Most estheticians will tell you to exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week as part of your daily skincare routine. The right skin exfoliant will brighten your skin tone, while the wrong one will leave you with micro-tears and increased oil production. Pomegranate is a natural skin exfoliant! It sloughs away dead skin cells, which help to decrease acne outbreaks and the signs of aging.

3. Protects your skin against harmful UV rays

What is more harmful than free radicals? UV rays! In this post, we warned you about the dangers of sun overexposure. The sun is bad for everybody - not only for people with lighter skin tones. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 (read: 50) from the moment you wake up. Even if you do not plan to go outside that day, it is still best to wear sunscreen. Although it is not as potent as sunscreen, pomegranate provides a natural barrier against UV rays. So, if you consider this to be an excuse to avoid sunscreen altogether, you missed the point. 

Before you run to the store to grab a bottle of processed pomegranate juice, remember that those juices often contain sugars and other ingredients that may be awful for your skin. Next time you invest in a skincare haul, pay attention to the ingredients and look out for pomegranate. This antioxidant-rich fruit has loads of vitamin C, the ultimate skincare ingredient (outside of vitamin A, that is). Until next time, stay hydrated, moisturized, and wear your damn sunscreen!