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A juicy punch

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It was be­cause of her pink com­plex­ion rem­i­nis­cent of a lovely pome­gran­ate blos­som that a beau­ti­ful dancer at Em­peror Ak­bar’s court was re-chris­tened

Anarkali. The Mughal em­per­ors nur­tured the pome­gran­ate in their for­mal gar­dens and en­joyed its re­fresh­ing fruit. We bring you the ben­e­fits of the Mughal’s favourite com­bined with the good­ness of lime.

Burst­ing with beads

Pomegranates are packed with seeds and wrapped tight in fleshy deep pink cas­ings that make them ap­pear like glis­ten­ing ru­bies. De­li­cious in taste, the juicy seeds are rich in potas­sium, vitamin C and an­tiox­i­dants. While the fruit has tra­di­tion­ally been re­garded as a panacea for di­ges­tive ail­ments, a tonic for the liver, heart and kid­neys and a food that boosts im­mu­nity, the seeds are used for top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion on the skin.

“Pome­gran­ate seeds have ex­cel­lent skin­care ben­e­fits. Pome­gran­ate juice has sun-pro­tec­tive, mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties, and is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant. It helps im­prove the skin’s mois­ture re­ten­tion abil­ity, and boosts the process of cell re­newal. When used reg­u­larly on the face, it can re­move tan, lighten dark patches and brighten the skin,” says beauty ex­pert Shah­naz Husain. Pome­gran­ate seed oil also has a soothing ef­fect on the skin. It helps to treat hy­per-pig­men­ta­tion, has anti-age­ing prop­er­ties, im­proves skin tex­ture, mak­ing the skin firm, sup­ple and smooth.

Skin spe­cial

The his­tor­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions of pome­gran­ate along with its ben­e­fi­cial at­tributes of re­fresh­ing and re­viv­ing the skin has its ex­tracts be­ing used in skin­care prod­ucts and spa treat­ments. The Ex­otic Pome­gran­ate Jour­ney at ITC Mughal, Agra, is a sig­na­ture ex­pe­ri­ence spread over two hours, en­com­pass­ing a Pome­gran­ate Rit­ual Scrub with a blend of pome­gran­ate, lime, gin­ger and or­ganic brown su­gar; fol­lowed by a soothing Kaya Kalp Mas­sage with pome­gran­ate oil. Later, you can choose be­tween a mini fa­cial and an In­dian foot mas­sage. The ther­apy is con­cluded with a re­lax­ing Pome­gran­ate Bath In­fu­sion and an of­fer­ing of cut fruit plat­ter. In­ter­est­ingly, the pome­gran­ate fruit is het theme of the spa and a lovely gar­den of pome­gran­ate trees along­side the Kaya Kalp pool en­hances the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pome granate and lime

Add a twist of lime to pome­gran­ate juice and you have an easy beauty blend at hand. “Pome­gran­ate juice blends well with cit­rus juices. Le­mon juice is rich in vitamin C. The com­bi­na­tion of pome­gran­ate and le­mon juice helps to pro­tect the youth­ful prop­er­ties of the skin. Le­mon juice cleanses the skin, while pome­gran­ate juice nour­ishes and tones the skin,” adds Husain. A blend of pome­gran­ate and le­mon juices suits all skin types, though for nor­mal to dry skin, the quan­tity of le­mon juice should be less as it tends to re­duce oili­ness.

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