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Pomegranate has been found to contain tons of important vitamins and minerals that can be used to help keep our skin looking young and vibrant. But how do we tap into that treasure chest of goodness? One way is with pomegranate masks that can do everything from cleaning up acne to keeping wrinkles away.
How do you make a pomegranate mask? Most pomegranate mask recipes will have you grind up parts of a pomegranate to turn into a paste or juice and mix it with other valuable ingredients, like honey or yogurt. Once you have mixed your wanted recipe, you apply the mixture to your face and let the magic happen.
There are many different recipes you can use to create a mask that will help with whatever skin issue you are looking to address. The key to an effective pomegranate mask is knowing what makes pomegranate special and then finding the right mask recipe for your specific needs.
Why Is Pomegranate Good for a Facial Mask?
In the last decade, pomegranate has appeared on many mainstream superfood lists, but it has actually been considered an important fruit in many cultures for centuries. Pomegranate is said to have strong antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Pomegranate is high in:
- Vitamin C: You can get more than 40% of your daily requirement of the vitamin in 8 oz of juice. It is well-documented evidence about the role that vitamin C plays in keeping the skin looking healthy and young.
- Vitamin E: 8 oz of pomegranate juice contains 5% of your daily vitamin E requirement. If you pair this with vitamin C, pomegranate becomes powerful in keeping away illness and infection.
- Folate: This is one of the B vitamins and is needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow. It is very important in times of growth, like adolescence or pregnancy.
- Potassium: As one of the seven essential macrominerals, potassium is needed for regulating fluid balance the body, as well as controlling electrical signals and activity in the heart and muscles. Pomegranate helps to prevent strokes, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the formation of kidney stones by providing you with potassium.
- Vitamin K: This is an important vitamin when it comes to blood clotting and bone metabolism.
Pomegranate also contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants. Pomegranate is known to have more antioxidants than red wine and green tea, making it valuable in protecting cells from free radicals. It is because of these antioxidants that pomegranate is said to reduce inflammation and have anti-aging effects on the skin.
It is these properties that make it the perfect ingredient for a facial mask. Mixing and matching other helpful ingredients will slightly change what the mask can do to make your skin look healthy and vibrant.
Gathering Your Face Mask Ingredients
Making the mask is pretty simple. Most of the things you will need you already have lying around your kitchen. There are many simple combinations you can mix that will treat anything from wrinkles to acne. Knowing the benefits of certain common pantry foods and the effect they will have on the consistency of the paste can help you create your own mask recipe.
You are going to need ingredients other than pomegranate to make an effective facial mask. They can add to the power of the pomegranate or supply some properties that the pomegranate lacks. Either way, these natural ingredients are going to help you make the perfect recipe for your needs.
|Honey||You can add honey to almost any mask you make. It easily mixes with other items and gives the mask cohesion. Honey naturally hydrates and just like pomegranate, is filled with antioxidants. It is also said to be antimicrobial, which makes it great to add to masks for acne.|
|Yogurt||Lactic acid works as an exfoliate for dead skin cells and yogurt is filled with it. There are also probiotics that will help heal blemishes. Your mask is going to need something to glue all the ingredients together and yogurt is a great choice.|
|Green Tea||As mentioned before, green tea is a huge source of antioxidants. Adding it to your mask will increase the potency of the mask. Green tea helps reduce redness and swelling, as well as fight against infections, making it a must in helping to fight acne.|
|Cacao Powder||This powder is filled with antioxidants and helps with hydration. It’s filled with minerals and nutrients, like vitamin C, making it a great addition to anti-aging masks.|
|Cooked Oatmeal||Oatmeal is filled with avenanthramides that help to soothe dry itchy skin. It also absorbs oils like the ones that clog pores and cause acne.|
|Lemon Juice||Lemon has astringent qualities that can help treat suntan issues.|
|Milk||This kitchen staple is a great moisturizer.|
|Besan||Another name for chickpea flour, besan exfoliates your skin and does a great job unclogging pores. It is a perfect ingredient if you have super dry skin.|
Finding the right combination of these ingredients with the pomegranate will give your mask the consistency and potency needed. Experiment on your own or keep reading for some recipe suggestions.
Just a word of caution. Before applying oils or any homemade skin formulas, it is important to perform a patch test on your skin. Even if you have never had a prior history of any skin irritation issues you may find that concentrations and different mixtures may cause slight irritation like rashes, swelling, itching or even burning. To learn how to perform a patch test on your skin CLICK HERE
Preparing the Pomegranate
Once you have identified the skin issues you want to address and have picked out the right ingredients, you are going to have to prepare the pomegranate for use.
Many recipes will just have you blending the seeds with a few other ingredients in a blender, mortar, and pestle, or food processor. But there are a few other ways to prepare pomegranate to create your mask that require a bit more work. Each one works in a slightly different way and works better with different types of ingredients.
How to Juice a Pomegranate?
Some recipes are going to call for the pomegranate to be in juice form. You could always go out and buy bottled pomegranate juice, but if you are willing to make your own, you can save a few bucks and ensure its as fresh as possible. If you are working with fresh pomegranate, this is the best method.
- Cut a shallow circle around the top of the pomegranate and remove the crown. This will reveal the inner seeds.
- Cut the pomegranate into three equal parts using the white pith as a guide.
- Fill a large bowl with cold water and submerge the three sections of the fruit. Break apart the sections under the water, separating the seeds from the rind and pith. Remove chucks of the rind as they break free.
- Using a strainer or slotted spoon, scoop out bits of pith floating in the water.
- Drain the seeds and place them in a blender. Pulse a few times but don’t blend for an extended time, or you will end up with cloudy juice.
- Using a mesh strainer, drain the juice from the seeds. Take a spoon and press the pomegranate pulp to squeeze out as much juice as possible.
If you buy frozen seeds, you can jump right to the juicing. Just thaw the seeds and skip the first four steps above.
How to Turn Pomegranate into A Powder?
Other recipes are going to call for the pomegranate to be a paste or powder. Once again, the easy way would be just to buy the powder pre-packaged, but that can get expensive. If you are looking to make your own, there are a few ways to get fresh pomegranate into powder form.
- Buy freeze-dried arils: Buying just the arils is a bit cheaper than the powder. Once you get the arils, you just put them in a blender and blend for 10-20 seconds. You can also use a mortar and pestle to grind the arils if you don’t have a blender or enjoy physical labor.
- Dry out the pomegranate: This method takes a bit longer but is the cheapest way to get pomegranate powder.
- Peel the pomegranate and put it on a baking tray.
- Heat your oven to 120 degrees and put the tray with the peeled fruit inside for 5 to 8 hours. Turn the fruit every hour or so.
- Allow the fruit to completely cool and dry. This could take many hours.
- Grate the dried fruit over a fine-toothed grater. Put the grated fruit into a mortar and pestle and crush into a fine powder.
- Dry out the peel: It’s not just the arils that hold nutrients valuable to your skin. The peel can be used in masks as well. This powder is easy to make if you are already buying and using fresh pomegranate for other purposes.
- Take the peel from a used pomegranate and set it aside in a dish or bowl for three or four days. You can also use the oven method from above.
- When the peel is completely dried, break it up into little pieces and put it in a blender. Blend the dried peel into powder.
- Pour the powder out of the blender through a sifter to make sure no large chunks make it into your bowl.
- Use the powder in your mask.
Once you have your pomegranate prepared in the right form and you have gathered all your other needed ingredients, you are ready to make your mask.
How to Make the Pomegranate Mask?
Now that all the ingredients have been discussed, it’s time to make the mask. There are many types of pomegranate masks that you can make. The one you choose will be dependent on what skin issues you want the mask to address. Here are some common reasons people look to pomegranate masks and a few recipes you can easily put together on your own.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, pomegranate can work wonders making it plump and supple. The seeds are filled with nutrients that are moisturizing agents able to penetrate the skin and work their magic deeply. Pair the pomegranate with other strong moisturizing items, like oatmeal and honey, and your skin will be looking fresh and colorful in no time.
- Oatmeal and Honey Recipe: Place 3 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds, 1 cup cooked oatmeal, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of honey in a blender. Mix until completely combined.
- Besan and Milk Cream Recipe: Place 2 tablespoons of pomegranate peel powder, 1 tablespoon of besan, and 2 tablespoons of milk cream into a mixing bowl. Blend together to form a paste.
- Yogurt Recipe: Place 2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds and 6 tablespoons of plain yogurt in a blender and mix together until a paste is formed.
If you have problems with acne or irritated skin, the antioxidants in pomegranate help reduce inflammation and even fight off bacterial infections in the skin. Pair it with other ingredients with lots of antioxidants, like green tea or yogurt, and watch the acne stay away.
- Green Tea Mask: Place 1 tablespoon of pomegranate powder, one tablespoon of freshly brewed green tea, 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey into a bowl. Mix ingredients until they form a paste.
- Rose Water Mask: Place 1 tablespoon of pomegranate peel powder in a mixing bowl. Slowly add rose water while mixing until a paste is formed.
- Matcha Mask: Mix together 1 tablespoon each of pomegranate powder, matcha powder, Greek yogurt, and honey.
One of the pomegranate’s most popular benefits is the ability to rejuvenate skin cells due to the high antioxidants. With the right mask, you can fight off wrinkles and make your skin look younger than it has in years. There is an article that was published by the Journal of Dermatological Treatment on a study that was performed using pomegranate as a topical formulated cream that was applied to human skin. The results indicated the potential to reduce skin aging in humans.
Paring it with other anti-aging ingredients, like cacao powder, will have everyone impressed with how young you look.
- Cacao Powder Mask: Place 1 tablespoon of pomegranate powder and 1 tablespoon of cacao powder in a mixing bowl. Slowly add water to the mixture until a paste is formed.
- Honey and Yogurt Mask: Mix together 1 teaspoon of pomegranate juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt until well blended.
- Rice Flour and Almond Oil Mask: Put ½ cup of pomegranate seeds into a blender and turn them into a paste. Add 1 tablespoon of rice flour and 3-4 drops of almond oil to the pomegranate paste. Blend well.
The benefits of pomegranate seem endless. Here are a few other mask recipes for more specific issues. One study showed that topical application and or oral consumption can reduce damage to the skin by UVB from the sun. There is also ongoing research being performed on pomegranate and its anti-cancer properties.
- Mask for Dark Spots: Combine 1 tablespoon each of pomegranate powder, Camu Camu powder, Greek yogurt, and honey in a mixing bowl until paste-like. Camu Camu is filled with vitamin C, which will improve your complexion and take care of those dark spots.
- Mask for Treating Suntan: Mix ½ teaspoon of lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate paste. This mixture will help with skin damage done by the sun.
Applying the Mask
Once you have mixed all your ingredients, it is time to apply the mask. The mixture should be paste-like, so it sticks easily to the skin.
- Cover all the areas that you want to be rejuvenated, relieved, and hydrated.
- Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
- You may want to make a big batch of your mask and keep it in the fridge for a few days.
For the best results, you want to make sure to put the mask on two to three times a week, so having some in the fridge helps save time.
What to Do with Left Over Pomegranate
Remember, pomegranate has numerous health benefits other than the help it can give to your skin as a mask. If you find yourself with leftover pomegranate after you have created your skin concoction, here are some healthy suggestions to prevent it from going to waste.
- Put it in a smoothie: Pomegranate is known to reduce blood pressure, combat heart disease, and improve memory. There is evidence that supports that drinking pomegranate juice can reduce blood pressure. Why not pour some of your leftover juice into a morning smoothie to help keep your blood pressure down. Or, just drink 8 oz straight up every morning to help keep your memory sharp
- Toss it on a salad: Pomegranate also relieves arthritis and promotes bone health. Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce joint tenderness and ease the pain. Its high levels of folate and vitamin K helps maintain healthy bones. So, leave a handful or two of the seeds out when you make your powder and throw them in your lunch salad for a little flavor and a lot of healthy help.
Pomegranate is truly a superfood that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle in numerous ways. If you are looking for help keeping your face looking young and supple, a pomegranate mask is certainly the way to go. Just follow these easy recipes and you will have the skin you longed for in a matter of days.