Pomegranate has been extensively used in Ayurvedic Medicine as a remedy for several skin, hair and health issues. Containing a high concentration of essential nutrients, pomegranate can truly be called a superfood for the skin. It has proven itself to be an effective anti-aging agent, fights inflammations and keeps the complexion smooth and radiant.
Pomegranate Extract Therapeutic Facts
Pomegranate is a beautiful fruit, with a red leathery skin and hundreds of tiny edible seeds called arils on the inside when the fruit is cut open. These arils are packed with powerful nutrients, antioxidants, skin boosting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.
Pomegranate seed extract is loaded with an impressive nutrient profile, comprising of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Proteins. The strong antioxidant properties of pomegranate trace back to the free radical scavenging and protective polyphenolic compounds.
Benefits of Pomegranate Extract
Ripe pomegranates that are grown in organic conditions and have been minimally processed, have the maximum therapeutic potential. Pure pomegranate seed extract/ oil work well as an addition to serum, oil or a moisturizer for the face and the body. It is often used in 5-15% concentration in skincare formulations. Here are some of the key benefits of pomegranate extract for skin:
1. Diminishes Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Ellagic acid in pomegranate promotes the formation of body’s own produced antioxidant, glutathione. The latter is very powerful in protecting cells from free radical damage.
Pomegranate seed oil is also known to stimulate fibroblast cells, promote collagen production and cellular regeneration. It is this collagen that makes the skin supple and firm.
Catechins and gallic acid in pomegranates stimulate the keratinocyte cells and promote protein synthesis, further aiding in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Treats Rosacea
Certain anti-inflammatory components (‘omega 5-punicic acid’, a type of conjugated linoleic acid or CLA and ‘punicalagins’) in pomegranate seed extract inhibits activities in human mast cells (a type of white blood cells) that are responsible for causing rosacea, skin redness and irritation. Ellagic acid also suppresses the activity of demodex mites that are primarily responsible for causing Rosacea.
3. Improves Circulation
Good circulation is vital for healthy skin. Vitamin E, B-vitamins, Folic Acid and Antioxidants in pomegranate, increases microcirculation of the skin. Massaging pomegranate extract infused serum onto your face every day improves the appearance of the skin for a smoother texture and a radiant glow.
4. Soothes Eczema and Psoriasis
Doctors often prescribe antioxidant rich treatments to calm inflammations such as eczema and psoriasis. As discussed earlier, antioxidants found in pomegranate suppresses the mast cells and helps prevent inflammations and sensitivity.
5. Hydrates Dry Skin
High Vitamin C content in pomegranate treats dull & dry skin and skin roughness. Being a ‘dry oil’ that readily absorbs into the skin, research tells us that pomegranate oil/extract is actually better than even green tea in replenishing lost moisture from dry skin. Pomegranate seed oil promotes regeneration of dry skin by refilling and rehydrating the broken epidermis. Punicic acid and trace amounts of oleic acid locks in the moisture which also aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
6. Protects from Sun Damage
Exposure to sun can cause tanning, sunburn, age spots and photoaging leading to wrinkles. Clinical studies have shown that the powerful antioxidants vis a vis Vitamin C, Ellagic acid and Polyphenols in pomegranate protects the skin from oxidative damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. These antioxidants also reduce sun spots and hyperpigmentation due to sun and environmental pollution. Vitamin C also makes the skin more radiant.
7. Treats Acne Breakouts
Low levels of vitamin A, E, C and antioxidants have been linked to the formation of acne. If you have oily skin, pomegranate extract that is rich in these vitamins and antioxidants can be very helpful in lessening the severity or healing pimples and redness.
Pomegranate seed extract contain a great amount of antimicrobial ingredients such as ellagic acid, punicic acid, ellagitannins, flavonoids, anthocyanidins, flavones and estrogenic flavanols. All these powerful compounds work together to restore hormonal imbalance (kapha dosha) and pH levels of your skin and combat acne/comedones.