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This superfood does super things for your skin: For starters, it’s a powerful antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that can cause wrinkles, brown spots, and even skin cancer. And because it contains high levels of ellagic acid, pomegranate is also a great anti-inflammatory, says Fred Khoury, a cosmetic chemist in California. “It calms sensitivity and protects against what we call inflammaging—aging accelerated by high levels of inflammation,” Khoury says. Research also suggests the fruit can help smooth wrinkles: In one study, pomegranate extract improved the elasticity and hydration of skin, making it look tighter and firmer. Since it protects and repairs, Khoury recommends using pom-infused products in the a.m. and p.m.

Find it in: Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask ($38;