Ingredient Of The Week: Pomegranate
Pomegranates are fruits rich in nutrients that provide optimal health. They are regarded a superfood in terms of nutrition. Pomegranates have impressive benefits both for the body and the skin. Since pomegranates are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, they help maintain the skin’s health while providing other benefits to the body. They include:
Boosting skin health
As mentioned, pomegranates are rich in vitamin C – typically one fruit contains 50% of your recommended daily intake. This is extremely beneficial for skin’s health. Furthermore, they contain antioxidants like proanthocyanidins and flavonoids which work great on the skin by delaying the signs of ageing. You can apply fresh pomegranate peel powder on your skin for an antixidant and collagen boosting face mask, just leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water.
Treating several skin issues
Pomegranate oil, seeds and powder contain antioxidants that combat acne and breakouts and the inflammation that results from these conditions. Moreover, pomegranate can also treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Lastly, they can protect the skin from the sun and treating melisma. The anti-inflammatory properties of the fruit inhibit the inflammatory activity of mast cells in the body thus treating inflammatory diseases.
Moisturising the skin
Pomegranate oil contains ellagic acid and punicic acid, these properties create a slow-drying oil meaning your thirsty skin has time to properly absorb much-needed moisture. This keeps you skin well hydrated and prevents dry skin which can cause skin damage.
Pomegranate oil is effective in blocking the skin from the sun. It helps to prevent and repair any skin damage caused by the UV rays of the sun. When applied directly on the skin, ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant found in pomegranates actually inhibits the growth of cancer of the skin. Drinking or eating pomegranates will also prevent skin cancer as pomegranates contain anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins which possess strong anti-oxidant and anti-tumor promoting properties. extracting its juice is the best way to utilize the benefits of pomegranate juice. Stylecraze.com recommend drinking it, rather than eating the seeds to allow for a quick absorption of all the nutrients. In comparison to other fruits, pomegranates contain the maximum amount of anti-oxidants. It contains approximately 3 times more antioxidants than green tea and oranges!
Improving skin texture
Pomegranates lengthen the life of proteins responsible for collagen and elastin production. Pomegranates oil works to plump the skin and promote collagen production resulting in a firmer, more youthful appearance. Pomegranate oil also actively stimulates the cells found in the outer layer of your skin called Keratinocytes. Regeneration of these cells will give your skin a healthy glow and can result in reduced signs of skin damage, acne and dark spots.
We love pomegranate oil and it’s a key ingredient in our Superfood Firming Serum which is a blend of pomegranate, chia, broccoli, baobab, passion flower and black cumin oils. The collaboration of these ingredients boosts the skin’s vitamins and keep it firm for a brighter and more youthful complexion. It is a completely vegan beauty product which is good for all skin types. Every ingredient has unique properties that are essential for the body.
- Pomegranates are high in antioxidants, omega 5 and ellagic acid which are all useful in promoting collagen and elastin production for brighter skin.
- Chia is rich in the omega fatty acids which soothe fine wrinkles and improves skin elasticity.
- Broccoli seed which is rich in vitamin A, C and K giving it anti-aging properties. It helps in moisture retention and plumps the skin for a youthful appearance.
- Baobab rich in antioxidants hence fights off the free radicals to reduce signs of aging and promote healthy cell turnover.
- Passion flower, a superior emollient rich in omega 3, 6 and 9, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous for nourished skin.
- Black cumin is packed with vitamins A, B and C, potassium, and magnesium for skin recovery and repair.
Check the journal for individual blogs on each of these ingredients!