Pomegranate is an ancient and legendary fruit that’s been mentioned countlessly throughout history. From the Old Testament to the Talmud, to mentions of the fruit in Greek and Egyptian myth. This succulent fruit has been used to symbolize life, fertility, beauty and eternal life.
Pomegranate seed oil is an incredible source of anti-aging benefits, making it especially nourishing to dry, mature skin. While its benefits are famously tied to a generous amount of antioxidants, there’s more to this anti-aging oil than meets the eye.
#1 – High Antioxidant Levels
One of the properties in pomegranate seed oil that makes it so potent against aging factors is its antioxidant levels, as there is evidence that pomegranate oil possesses both antioxidant and antiradical properties, which can prevent the aging and maturing of skin.
Antioxidants are frequently mentioned in the skin care world, and their importance is difficult to overhype. Antioxidants protect our skin from free radicals, which are unstable hydrogen atoms which can damage skin very much in the way that rust does to metal.
Antioxidants use their unique chemistry to adapt to and neutralize free radicals, thus protecting our skin and preventing further damage, while possibly even removing damage which already exists.
Furthermore, this enables pomegranate seed oil to fight against inflammation. This is a big deal for skin care, as research indicates that inflammation of the dermal layer can lead to premature aging. Plus, adding antioxidants into your beauty regimen can help stimulate blood flow while even fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
#2 – Punicic & Ellagic Acid
Aside from its widely praised antioxidant benefits, pomegranate seed oil also contains punicic acid: an omega-5 fatty acid that fights inflammation. The bioflavonoids in punicic acid contain protective properties that fortify your skin against sun damage. Luckily, punicic acid is in no shortage when it comes to pomegranate oil; this fatty acid makes up about 70% of the oil’s chemical composition!
Pomegranate seed oil also contains a plant-based polyphenol ellagic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant, and has been shown in this 2010 study to fight wrinkles and hyperpigmentation by preventing inflammation and collagen breakdown.
Punicic and ellagic acid are grouped together in this article because when working in tandem, the attributes of these components help stimulate keratinocytes, which help balance your pH levels, even out the skin, and promote skin elasticity.
#3 – High Folic Acid Content
Pomegranate seed oil also contains folic acid, which is also known as vitamin B9, and is an important vitamin for skin maintenance.
Once again, antioxidants are heavily at work here, and they work to alleviate oxidative stress caused by the free radicals we encounter in our environment.
Plus, folic acid can improve hydration of the skin by promoting skin-barrier function and bolstering moisture retention.
To learn more about the benefits and science of pomegranate seed oil, check out our article here.
How to Use Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate seed oil is a carrier oil which is both gentle to the skin and incredibly nourishing, and is suitable for all skin types.
While, indeed, those with mature and/or dry skin can benefit from its anti-aging properties, this light, gentle oil is also ideal for those with oily and combination skin.
You can use pomegranate seed oil alone as a gentle makeup remover, or you can add it to your moisturizing regimen.
Additionally, you can use pomegranate oil for a bath infusion. Pomegranate makes an excellent carrier oil, but combining it with evening primrose can boost the soothing powers of your evening soak. Naturally, lavender is an ideal essential oil for relaxation, but it can easily be swapped out for another scent.
Combine the ingredients together and store in a clean container with a lid, and keep in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight.
Pre-Made Pomegranate Skin Care We always prioritize products made with gentle, plant-based ingredients that really work – and pomegranate seed oil more than meets this standard.
Our Restorative Facial Oil is made with organic pomegranate seed oil, which lends its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory benefits. You’ll be assured that you’re receiving all of the potential benefits of pomegranate seed oil with our product, as out pomegranate oil is cold-pressed, which means that the components have been processed as gently as possible.
This rejuvenating facial oil also includes rosehip oil, which is also known for its antioxidants, and a soothing blend of essential oils, including cedar, lavender and bergamot.
To enjoy the benefits of our facial oil, start with a freshly-cleansed and toned face and neck, and dispense a quarter size amount onto clean hands. Gently pat and press onto skin until fully absorbed, or mist skin to quicken absorption.
Tap into the many benefits of pomegranate seed oil, and you can keep skin looking and feeling more youthful.