Pumpkin may be the unofficial mascot of October, but November belongs to the pomegranate, thanks to National Pomegranate Month.
Packed with antioxidants, the pomegranate reportedly helps combat heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure. And while you can purchase fresh pomegranates in the produce department at your local grocer, you'll have to harvest and juice the seeds to enjoy the benefits.
Save time — and face — by opting for one of these pomegranate packed beauty products, and reap all the skin-saving, anti-aging rewards this little red fruit has to offer.
TREAT Beauty, a yummy line of bath and body products crafted from food-grade butters and oils, makes it easy to keep skin deliciously soft with their Pomegranate CoffeeBerry Organic Sweet Cream ($17 at treatbeauty.com). This double-churned cream calls upon CoffeeBerry, a brand of antioxidant packed fruits from the coffee bush, and pomegranate seed oil. Celebs who TREAT themselves include Jennifer Garner, Tyra Banks, and Ali Landry.
O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss from Smashbox Cosmetics gets you; it really gets you. Thanks to an innovative formula chock full of ginkgo biloba, pomegranate seed antioxidants, marine botanicals and avocado oil, this clear gloss transforms your lips to the perfect shade of pink. That's because this gloss is customized by your body chemistry to complement your skin tone. This year's Best of Sephora winner for "Biggest Beauty Breakthrough," O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss sells for $22 at sephora.com.
Grab some me time with ME! Bath Shower Sherbet in Gotta Have it Pomegranate ($24 at mebath.com). I adore these scrumptious sherbets because they can turn any shower into a relaxing respite. Shower Sherbet comes in a collection of scents that leave skin oh-so-soft and sweetly scented. To use, simply scoop out a generous portion of Shower Sherbet from its pint container to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize skin all at once.
Earth Friendly Products' eco-friendly bath and body collection is free of parabens, phosphates, alcohol and formaldehyde, but packed with antioxidants, thanks in part to pomegranate. Their brand new organic Natural Spa Body Soufflé is a rich, light blend of pure, plant-distilled ingredients. Available in Pomegranate or Apricot, Natural Spa Body Soufflé sells for $25.99 at ecos.com.
Bottoms up to beauty
To keep skin clear and hydrated, the body needs to flush out toxins, so here's a HINT: Pomegranate Tangerine and Raspberry Lime premium drinking water. HINT is pure healthy water, lightly infused with all natural flavors. No preservatives, no sweeteners and no calories. It's $44 for a case of 24 at drinkhint.com.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at email@example.com.