Skin Care & Pomegranates

pomegranateIn the past few years the pomegranate has been touted as a super food, but it was known for medicinal and beauty benefits and much more in ancient times. It is a symbol of prosperity and abundance in many cultures. Modern scientific studies have shown that this red fruit with its juicy arils also has an abundance of health benefits.

A Brief History

The name pomegranate is derived from Middle French—pomme garnete or “seeded apple.” Pomegranates are believed to have originated in Iran, known at that time as Persia. It is a fruit that is mentioned in Greek legends and ancient texts, including the Bible. Some even believe that it was a pomegranate, not an apple that was the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. The pomegranate was brought to Egypt in 1600 BC where it became revered not only as an important food source (it was a required fruit in the pharaoh’s palace), but it was also used for medicinal purposes. The pomegranate was highly valued and is depicted in paintings in Egyptian tombs as it symbolized life after death. It is a symbol of fertility in some cultures and prosperity in others, inspired by the abundance of jewel-toned seeds within the bright red and sturdy round rind. It has also been used in wedding rituals in several cultures.

Skin Care Benefits

With its incredible antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and ability to encourage radiant skin, the pomegranate has been incorporated into skin care. It can help with a number of skin care issues including dry skin, oily skin, age spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne breakouts.

Cell Regeneration. Pomegranates help protect the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and helps with skin cell regeneration in the epidermis and dermis (inner layer), increasing circulation and healing the skin, aiding in tissue repair and wound healing.

Sun Protection. Pomegranates have sun protective compounds that protect the skin against free radical damage, help facialprevent skin cancer, relieve sunburn and reduce the signs of sun damage. Pomegranate seed oil works to protect against skin cancer because of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant found in large quantities in pomegranates, which researchers have found inhibits the growth of skin tumors.

Anti-Aging. Pomegranates protect against premature aging by helping reduce the signs of skin aging caused by sun damage and exposure, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Pomegranates also help prevent hyperpigmentation and age spots.

Youthful Skin. Pomegranates promote smooth, firm skin by promoting collagen and elastin production and soften skin.

Dry Skin. It is a great ingredient for skin care because its small molecular structure allows it to penetrates deeply into the skin. It works for most skin types, (which depends on the skin care ingredients pomegranate is combined with). Since pomegranate oil penetrates deeply into the skin, it is effective for treating dry skin. It soothes dry, cracked and irritated skin. It contains punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid that hydrates and prevents moisture loss.

6. Oily Skin/Combination Skin. Pomegranate oil even works for oily skin and the use of pomegranate have been beneficial in skin care products for acne prone skin, to combat breakouts, reduce scarring and sooth minor irritations.

Feed your skin antioxidants by scheduling a pomegranate facial; this facial is for all skin types. It includes skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, an impurity treatment for blackheads & whiteheads, masque, warm towel application, and a neck, shoulder, scalp, & face massage.

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Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions she also created Shine Beautifully. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to check it out and subscribe!

 

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Rub My Head…Please!

One of the best pleasures in life is a scalp massage. You can give yourself a scalp massage, or have a friend or family member do it. Scalp massage can also be performed in spas, some hair salons or by massage therapists. Scalp massage is not only relaxing and enjoyable; it also has some health benefits. Some people use oils when doing a scalp massage. It can also be performed without oil for people who prefer not to get greasy or who have to go somewhere after the scalp massage.

I have not met one person that does not like their scalp massaged when getting a shampoo at a salon. It feels so good, what’s not to love. But aside from scrubbing all the dirt and oils out of your mane, the scalp massage you receive in your shampoo is also beneficial to the circulation of blood to the head and face. Increased circulation can promote healthy hair growth. I would recommend adding oil to your scalp massage to help to get rid of dandruff. The use of oil on the scalp can also help prevent new dandruff from occurring.

Scalp massage can help relieve tension headaches and migraines. If you suffer from tension headaches or migraines have whoever is giving you a scalp massage spend extra time on the base of the skull, near the hairline, since tension often accumulates in this area. It can also help to include a massage of the forehead and temples when massaging to relieve the headaches and migraines.

Scalp massage also helps those that have insomnia issues. It is so relaxing it can make you sleepy. After your good nights rest your body will be totally revitalized, which will improve your concentration for the day.

If you do not want to spend money on getting a professional scalp massage, try making your own oil and massage your own scalp. Below are the best essential oils to use on your head and scalp. You can even heat up your oil for more relaxation and added hot oil conditioning hair treatment for your hair. Remember always use with a carrier oil with your essential oils. I prefer olive oil, jojoba, & almond. In a bowl, you can mix a few tablespoons of your carrier with 2 drops of your essential oils. Great creative and make your own blend, its actually kind of fun!

Rosemary – This essential oil promotes hair growth and conditions the scalp.

Peppermint – This essential oil energizes you.

Coconut – This oil slows premature graying as well as thinning.

Olive – This carrier oil opens the pores on your head.

Jasmine – This essential oil can relieve stress.

Jojoba – This carrier oil repairs damaged hair and balances your own sebum.