Did you know that your skin needs both water and oil to remain healthy and radiant? For that reason, we love using cold pressed plant oils in our organic skin care formulas for their nourishing and moisturizing qualities. From rich jojoba oil all the way to clarifying sage oil, we’re attuned to the unique synergistic benefits that plant oils have for your skin. Pomegranate seed oil is one of our chosen hero ingredients among plant-based anti-agers. Today we’re spotlighting its impressive skin-loving properties and organic cosmetic applications.
Pomegranate Seed Oil Nutrition
Pomegranates are a uniquely seeded fruit that grow on deciduous shrubs in Mediterranean climates. Their inner wall is a white and spongy pulp, surrounding hundreds of small chambers containing seeds filled with dark red juice. The seeds are edible and highly nutritious, with a sweet and sour taste, tangy floral aroma, and extremely high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and dietary fiber. In terms of nutritional value, pomegranate fruit is unrivaled. In addition to the already-mentioned benefits, it contains protein, folate and potassium and a set of powerful plant compounds with effective medicinal properties. Plant compounds refer to phytochemicals produced by plants, usually as a defense mechanism against environmental stressors. They exhibit free radical scavenging behavior, meaning that they can reduce cellular damage and thus slow the aging process.
Antioxidants in Pomegranate Seed Oil
One of the most powerful plant compounds present in pomegranates are Punicalagins, an extremely powerful antioxidant found in the juice and the peel, known to inhibit unhealthy cell proliferation, and even reduce the size and prevalence of various cancer cells. The show-stealing superfood also contains three types of polyphenols – tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid – all super potent antioxidants occuring in the pomegranate fruit at levels three times more concentrated than in red wine or green tea. These polyphenols prevent cellular damage, and have exhibited promising anti-inflammatory, anti oxidative stress, and anti-carcinogenic potential in countless biomedical research trials. This biomedical research study can give you the full breakdown.
Benefits of Pomegranate Seed Oil for Skin
The other powerful plant compound present in this show-stealing superfood is called punicic acid. Punicic acid occurs in pomegranate seed oil, which is what we’re shining the spotlight on today. Punicic acid is the main fatty acid within the oil, comprising close to 70% of the oil’s chemical composition. It’s an Omega 5 fatty acid that reduces skin inflammation and aids in skin repair. This makes it an incredible tonic to use for scarring, discoloration and lesions on the skin leftover from acne or dermatitis.
Punicic acid is also an effective hydrant, preventing moisture loss through strengthening the skin’s outer dermal layers. It also exhibits strong anti-inflammatory action, meaning that the oil is ultra effective for reducing redness and severity of active acne or irritation. And its antioxidant properties means that it fends off free radicals. In other words, pomegranate seed oil - thanks to its ultra high level of punicic acid - is an effective anti-aging remedy that fends off cellular level damage, and thus keeps skin collagen production at a healthy clip. The soft amber-hued oil penetrates deeply into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, and its anti-inflammatory action and soothing properties means that it won’t exacerbate oily skin that overproduces lipids.
Where does our Pomegranate Seed Oil come from?
The pomegranate seed oil we use in our organic skin care products is extracted through a cold pressing process that preserves the nutrients in the seeds. The nutrient rich oil is best preserved and maintained through cold pressing, ensuring that the powerful antioxidants and flavonoids present in the oil aren’t compromised or changed in chemical composition through heat treatment. The cold-pressing process consists of pressing the pomegranates seeds through a device that crushes the husks and forces the oil out. This is followed by a careful filtering process, in which the pressed oil goes through a series of filters that separates the fruit’s peel and pulp from the oil. The final process involves passing the oil through a thin sieve to ensure that all impurities are removed. Throughout the entire operation, the oil remains within a certain temperature range that respects the integrity of the original nutrients.
How to Use Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate oil is a star ingredient in our cult favorite Restorative Facial Oil, an organic cold-pressed blend with a formula comprised of several antioxidant rich oils that work synergistically to produce anti-aging benefits, deep hydration, and enhanced skin elasticity. Pomegranate imparts the Restorative Facial Oil formula with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as its ability to fight bacterial and fungal infections. It’s an allstar in that it imparts both anti-aging benefits and anti-acneic benefits to the formula. Multi-purpose in the widest sense, it heals lingering skin issues while preventing future damage. Overall, the formula visually enhances tone, texture and clarity of skin of all ages.
The pomegranate seed oil is supplemented by antioxidant rich organic rosehip oil (chock full of ultra nourishing fatty acids) and organic acai oil (an anti-aging powerhouse that’s been proven to reduce oxidative damage at the cellular level). This is one of our products that’s super popular amongst Puristry fans with sensitive skin, because although it’s ultra effective, it’s also gentle, soothing, and light enough for everyday PM use.
So where exactly should facial oil fall within your existing skincare routine? The trick is to pair it with H2O. Facial oil is an essential step to any skincare regime because of its ability to balance skin’s existing lipid production. But without proper absorption, facial oil can’t work to the best of its ability. And proper absorption is best facilitated if you apply your oil in conjunction with water, which aids in absorption and maximum retention. Mixing your facial oil with a steam is the best bet – apply post-hot-shower for a DIY steam facial. Ultra effective absorption can also be achieved through applying a facial oil following a water-based toner, or in conjunction with a moisturizer that contains aloe-water or H2O rich floral hydrosols. We’ve put together a guide around facial oil and smart application here - take a peek and tailor your facial oil application to your unique routine.
So there’s your pomegranate seed oil deep dive. Want more? Check out our other ingredient spotlights and organic skincare guides on our blog.