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Pomegranate, Lemon, and Green Tea Facial Peel

Suzanne has been an online writer for over seven years. Her articles often focus on skin care and gardening.

Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants which fight off the “free radicals,” which are responsible for destroying skin cells.

Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants which fight off the “free radicals,” which are responsible for destroying skin cells.

Homemade Facial Peel

If you have considered getting a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or dermabrasion treatment, why not consider making your own highly effective facial peel?

These three powerhouse ingredients work together like magic on the skin revealing fresh, rejuvenated healthy skin. Apart from the cost, the dangers that exist with chemical peels are greatly reduced as there are no hidden ingredients in this recipe. Pomegranate is an ingredient highly revered for its benefits. After showing many benefits to the skin, an increasing number of beauty industry manufacturers are now including pomegranate in their products.

The Power of a Peel

Lemon and green tea have natural exfoliating properties with high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients making them ideal companions to pomegranate in this facial peel.

This peel is made using fresh fruit acids and antioxidant-rich green tea without the use of toxic chemicals. Peels are designed to remove damaged skin and the type of chemicals used will determine how deep they work within the different layers of the skin. This facial peel is a perfect solution for tired, dull skin in need of a lift and is ideal for dry skin and wrinkles. Another bonus is you will have a cup of healthy tea with this recipe at the same time, doubling up the benefits.

Lemons are one of the fruits classed as citrus fruits.

Lemons are one of the fruits classed as citrus fruits.

Facial Peel Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pomegranate
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 cup strong green tea

Items Needed

  • small bowl
  • sieve
  • facecloth
  • teaspoon

Instructions

  • Boil your kettle and make up the strong green tea. Leave it to brew.
  • Pick out approximately 50 seeds from the pomegranate and mash them through the sieve with the back of a spoon into the bowl. You need approximately 5 teaspoons of juice.
  • Add 2-3 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the pomegranate.
  • Strain the tea and add 2-3 teaspoons to the bowl and mix the ingredients well.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes.

How to Use

  • Thoroughly cleanse face and neck removing all traces of makeup.
  • Secure hair off your face with a hairband, pins or shower cap if necessary.
  • Add a teaspoon or two into the palm of your hand and start to apply from the neck upwards.
  • Massage into the skin gently using small circular movements. You may need to repeat this to cover the face (avoiding the delicate eye area).
  • Leave for 10 minutes.
  • While this peel is working its magic, utilize the remaining juice by straining into a cup for a refreshing, detoxifying cup of tea.
  • Fill a bowl or your wash hand basin with fairly warm water and soak your facecloth.
  • When ready to remove your fruit peel, squeeze out the facecloth enough to leave it moist and start to wipe off the mixture gently.
  • Finish with a rinse in tepid water and a final splash of cold water.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply your regular moisturizer.
  • Enjoy your freshly revealed new skin.

Tips

  • Avoid spending extended periods of time in direct sunshine after applying this treatment. Lemon is sun sensitive and skin may become irritated in the sunshine. Apply this facial peel in the evening or wait 6-12 hours.
  • Applying your regular moisturizer or sunscreenafterwards is important to keep the skin soft, supple and protected.
  • If you have no pomegranate fruit use organic pomegranate juice instead.
  • Apply this peel once a week or once every two weeks depending on your skin type.
The seeds and juice are the only edible parts of this fruit.

The seeds and juice are the only edible parts of this fruit.

Pomegranate Skin Benefits

The pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruits documented in writings and artifacts of many different cultures and some say it was this fruit and not the apple that first appeared in the Garden of Eden.

This nutrient loaded and antioxidant rich fruit is known by different cultures as a symbol of fertility, health, and eternal life. Originating in Persia it is now extensively grown throughout the world for its seeds and juice.

Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants which fight off the “free radicals” which are responsible for destroying skin cells.

Antioxidants prevent these harmful radicals or molecules from growing thus having a direct consequence on the skin’s health and have a direct effect on protecting the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Maintaining the collagen in the skin is another major benefit of pomegranate fruit. Collagen is what gives our skin its elasticity which helps prevent or smooth wrinkles. When the collagen is depleted our skin appears more aged, more lined and less taught.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

poetryman6969 on April 08, 2015:

I was looking into the kinds of edibles people use on their faces and somehow I completely missed pomegranate and green tea. Thanks for the info!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 21, 2013:

Hi GTF,

No I did not find it stained and the lemon juice is a good bleaching agent so you are probably right on that! beetroot I found to be a tough one for stains hence why I used for the lip stain recipe. Cheers for your interest and hope you give it a try.

Claudia Mitchell on August 21, 2013:

One question Suzie - will the pomegranate juice stain or does the lemon juice temper that? I have found that when I cut a fresh one it stains my fingers. Pinned.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 10, 2013:

Hi Saloca,

Lovely to see you again, appreciate your interest. This is a lovely treatment ideal for rejuvenating the skin, hope you enjoy trying it out.

Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on August 09, 2013:

Sounds so simple and easy, like most home made beauty treatments, will be putting all of these ingredients on my shopping list and giving it a go!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 03, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

Really appreciate you taking time to stop by, a book would be the icing on the cake so I'm certainly up for it if I can bring it all together! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one, pomegranate was a fruit I had not tried before so from reading all the benefits I reckoned it was about time I did and try it on the skin. A pleasure to link to your iced tea, it makes a perfect healthy drink to have. Cheers again!!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 02, 2013:

Suzie,

I am with Rose, I would love to see a book by you! I would be one of the first ones to buy it :)

This is a great facial peel recipe, and I will definitely try it the next time I have a pomegranate. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Also, I appreciate that you put a link to my iced tea hub! It surprised me.

Have a wonderful night!

~ Kathryn

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 02, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Always great to receive your thoughts and comments. I don't know about magician but I certainly love what I do and believe it is the way to go. If it helps and inspires others then I am a very happy camper! It is amazing how a couple of events can have such an impact on one's life which is true for me and things happen for a reason I believe. Writing on this subject and doing these recipes are ME. A book is my dream plus much more. Thanks so much for taking the interest and all your lovely comments that mean a great deal to this "magician". Cheers for the thumbs up!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 02, 2013:

Hi Nell,

Thanks so much for the interest in this one. These three make a powerful combo for the skin so hope you give it a go sometime. Appreciate the support and for commenting!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on August 02, 2013:

Hi psatraubie,

Good to have you swing by. Fruit is an excellent ingredient to use on the skin and features in many branded cosmetics. Using it fresh is even better without the need of chemical processes that reduce the nutrients in the fruit. Organic is always the best option to eliminate as much contamination as possible. They won't magically remove wrinkles but they will work on providing a fresher, smoother and more youthful appearance in different ways. Do give it a go, if you are particularly sensitive, have high coloring or any allergies to these ingredients, avoid it or do a small patch test first to make sure it will not cause any irritation. Thanks for the interest, sharing and pin, much appreciated!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 01, 2013:

This is yet another fascinating article! You are like a wonderful skin care magician. I am waiting for you to write a book. This sounds amazing and it consists of 3 ingredients that I love. I have to try this and pass it along to others. As always, thank you for sharing your incredible secrets. (Voted Up) -Rose

Nell Rose from England on August 01, 2013:

This is such a great idea, as long as I don't try to eat it! lol! it sounds yummy! fruit is so good for our skin, the chemicals make it a natural exfoliant. Wonderful!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 01, 2013:

Ok. So I have never used fruit on my skin but at my age it might be a good idea to give it a try. Is it youth enhancing by any chance?

It sounds divine so even if not, I will have to give it a try.

Angels are on the way...shared and pinned...Well done....

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Hi Janet,

Many thanks for swinging by! So good to know you enjoyed it. Pomegranate is another superb fruit for the skin and health and many (including myself until recently) are unaware of it's true benefits. Hope you try it sometime! If it travelled I would do you up a jar! Cheers again for the support :-)

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on July 26, 2013:

I have seen many commercial beauty products that use pomegranate as ingredient but along with other ingredients that might be unnecessary or even harmful. This very natural homemade beauty recipe of yours is a great option. Thank you for sharing this.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 26, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

Lovely to see you and cheers for your comment and thumbs up!

Eiddwen from Wales on July 26, 2013:

Interesting and very useful Suzie and here's to voting this gem up.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 25, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Many thanks for dropping by! Yep, it is a refreshing concoctions for the skin and in the tea, hope you try it out sometime! Cheers again for your great interest :-)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 25, 2013:

Your recipes always leave my mouth watering! I'm sure that they smell amazing. This facial peel sounds so refreshing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 25, 2013:

Hi FlourishAway,

It is lovely to know you find these recipes inspiring! I write from having an inquisitive mind sometimes and always looking for ways to put ingredients together. The fact that I had to cut out many luxury items due to unemployment coupled with my worry over nasties in products contributed to looking at homemade remedies. I had come across many different ideas from spending time in countries like Turkey, New Zealand and Italy where homemade potions for everything it seemed were alive and well. Thanks again for your lovely comment which I really appreciate.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 25, 2013:

Hi Abby,

No problem, happy I could help with a few ideas to try. The carrot seed oil is a MARVEL on the skin and you could use it straight as a facial moisturizer or serum.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 25, 2013:

Hi Gail,

Many thanks for your great support in changing to a healthier approach to things. There are so many toxic substances in everyday items we take for granted. Glad you are enjoying the beauty product side of natural remedies. Cheers for your votes, shares and pin, much appreciated!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 25, 2013:

You are a constant source of inspiration. I have no idea where you get these amazing ideas, but you seem limitless. The photos and shout-outs to other Hubbers are excellent complements to the hub itself.

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 25, 2013:

Thank you so much, Suzie! You've been a great help! I will definitely try these out. I use to be into essential oils big time a few years back, and I DO have carrot essential oil on hand. Yippee! I will try it for sure! I'm looking forward to getting rid of the melasma. ;)

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on July 25, 2013:

Suzie, this looks like another great idea I want to try. I have been trying to eat healthier in the last couple of years, get rid of the toxic household products, etc. Your hubs fit so perfectly into that process by providing one great all natural beauty idea after another. Voted up, shared and pinned.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 25, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Delighted you found this interesting, if only you use the tea! I love researching ingredients always thinking of different ideas of using them and having a mix of quick easy ideas that work. Thanks so much for your continued support, really appreciate your votes, share and pins - hope you are having a great week too!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 25, 2013:

Hi Abby,

Thanks for visiting and commenting. Sorry to hear you have been having a problem with melasma. A few home remedies which have had results for this condition would be apple cider vinegar, onion juice and lemon juice. Apple cider vinegar is the one I would go with first. Use it when the face is clean, free of makeup and daily grime. Soak a cotton pad in the ACV and apply over the face as a face toner or apply over the melasma if only a patch or two. Do this daily or twice a day and hopefully you will see the dark patches fading. Mash an onion or half an onion through a sieve to extract a few teaspoons of juice.Apply with a cotton pad or a Q-tip on the patch. Leave for 10-20 minutes and rinse off. Lemon juice is a natural skin lightener so sing it directly on the melasma is good too. This recipe is worth trying for its peeling effect. Another thing to consider is Vitamin A rich food which is great for the skin and vitamin A cream is often used or recommended and may cost a fortune! Using essential oils or direct juice from these are worth trying. Some of them I have used within recipes:

carrots, butternut squash, leafy green veg, sweet potatoes, dried parsley, dried basil, dried apricots, cantaloupe melon, lettuce and spices paprika, cayenne pepper and chilli powder. Common denominator for many of these is orange food. Make sure you include some of these in your diet and use directly on the melasma if still unhappy with the patches fading. Hope all this helps! I have recipes using carrot seed oil essential oil which is fabulous for skin in recipes or use alone mixed with a little carrier oil. it does come in a carrier oil form too. Mountain Rose Herbs.com is a great supplier I recommend for all recipes and have the carrot seed EO on special offer for July if interested.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 24, 2013:

Hi Crystal,

Many thanks for your comment, lovely to see you. Glad you found this interesting and hope you give it a try sometime - it is a great skin rejuvenating treatment.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 24, 2013:

Hi Suzie. If I tried to make and use this I'd probably drink the tea and eat the pomegranate and lemon :) How do you come with these wonderful ideas? Another great addition to your library. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc.... Have a great week.

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 24, 2013:

Suzie, I will definitely have to try this sometime. Do you think it will work for malasma? Last summer, I got a bit of sun melasma and I'm so self-conscious about it. I have read and read online that the only thing that takes it away is a TCA peel. That stuff burns like the dickens, but I am desperate at this point. I just came back from vacation in Florida, and the melasma is darker. Ugh! It's so frustrating. If you know of any great secrets, please reveal. ;)

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on July 24, 2013:

Not sure if I want to use it on my face or eat it! Where do you get all these ideas? Another wonderful recipe.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 24, 2013:

Suzie, I smile every single time I see your tagline....just perfect.

As for spreading fruit over my skin, I don't even know what to say to that, but since I trust you to be an expert in such things, I will gladly shut my mouth and say well done!

Busy day so must fly...I'm sure you are grateful that I am keeping shit short and respectful. :)

hugs,

bill