I always pick up a pomegranate if I see one at the grocery store! I keep 1/4 for the mask and use the rest for salad toppings and yogurt. Those tiny little red and white seeds have some powerful health benefits from improving one’s immune system to help fight cancer. In 2008, a study of comparison of antioxidant potency revealed that a glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries, making it the best anti-aging fruit to use for your skin. Pomegranate has long been used in the beauty industry as exfoliators and masks but there’s something different about using the fresh juice of raw pomegranate seeds directly on the skin without any added chemicals.
I have known this DIY mask since I was a little girl and saw my mom applying it when our petite sized pomegranate tree in the backyard would flourish with beautiful bright pomegranates in the season. Mom’s skin would look instantly bright and I was fascinated by it but was restricted to try until I turned 18. I guess you can simply say that my obsession with DIY face mask started with this one.
– 2 tsp. seeds (use more seeds if you need more quantity but few seeds shown in the picture above are enough to cover face & neck)
– 1 tsp of honey (raw honey if possible)
Mix honey with pomegranate seeds and grind it into a mixture or you can go a bit fancy like me and use mortar and pestle (it sprays a lot on clothes). Strain the juice properly and be careful with the seeds as they can be a little rough on your skin. Cleanse and apply a layer of the mask using an old foundation brush or simply with your hands. Leave the mask on for a good 20-25 minutes. Make sure to cover your neck and shoulder with an old towel as the juice might drip and stain your clothes. Wash your face with room temperature water and follow up with a moisturizer. Notice the difference in the texture and brightness of your skin.
Honey helps skin retain its moisture and treats acne. For pomegranate, you should only use the fresh seeds and not the concentrate because it contains preservatives. I have found this mask more effective compared to the antioxidant masks available from brands like Korres and Sephora, not to mention easy on my wallet. At least, I know what’s in my mask and that I am not applying any preservatives, silicone, fragrance or dyes on my face.
Hope you love and find this mask useful and effective as much as I do!