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Pomegranate: Nature's Oldest Ultraviolet Protection

By: Howard Murad, MD
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The protective and healing properties of the pomegranate are extremely important today, as the rate of skin cancer is increasing faster than any other cancer among Western countries. Applying sunscreen alone isn’t enough.

The challenge is to teach clients to apply enough sunscreen and to reapply, covering all areas of the skin from head to toe. Also, it is crucial to inform them that the SPF of a sunscreen isn’t the only factor that is important when choosing a formula. An effective sunscreen should provide the following.

• Full-spectrum sun protection to block ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays

• Antioxidants to neutralize damaging free radicals, such as pomegranate extract, green tea, vitamin C, grape seed extract and bioflavonoids

• Anti-inflammatory agents to soothe and prevent redness, such as licorice extract, zinc or chamomile extract