Pomegranate is an important ingredient in many skin care products and many health products as well. It comes closest in benefits to retinol. Therefore, like retinol, which is a concentrated vitamin A molecule, extracts from pomegranate can also exfoliate skin, regenerate collagen, and be used for treating acne. Pomegranate, however, scores over retinol because it does not make the skin thinner, nor does it cause any irritation or sensitivity, which are characteristic of retinol products.
Studies on pomegranate:
So far studies on this fruit suggest that it is filled with antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial for skin care. This is because free radicals, i.e., oxidants, tend to move around freely stealing or snatching away parts of other molecules. Antioxidants prevent that from happening, and therefore, act like preservers.
Because of the antioxidant properties, there is a lot of potential for Pomegranate fruit extract in cosmetics. It certainly is proving to be effective against wrinkles in many topical creams and serums. The reason for this is the three specific antioxidants in this fruit, i.e., anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and tannins. These antioxidants are almost 3 times more efficient than antioxidants in red wine, or even green tea.
Properties of pomegranate and skin care:
Pomegranate has many other properties that are good for skin care. These properties are:
Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial:
Oil extracted from Pomegranate shows excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It also has skin healing properties.
Skin firming and tightening:
Vitamin E and K are known to make the skin firm and tight. Vitamin A contributes to collagen regeneration, and Vitamin C is ideal for exfoliating the skin. By cleaning the skin, the pores close down, and this tightens the skin. Collagen on the other hand makes the skin firm. Vitamin E and K contribute to that firmness. Pomegranate oil contains all of these vitamins.
Wrinkles and aging:
As mentioned before Pomegranate has powerful antioxidants, because of which it is able to prevent damage to collagen, and repair the skin as well. Such properties help the skin to remain wrinkle free, and prevent aging because collagen is responsible for the elasticity and firmness of the skin.
In addition to vitamins and antioxidants, Pomegranate also includes several minerals, which are important for the facial skin such as vitamin B3, selenium, calcium and magnesium. Some of these are rare in diet, and therefore, they need to be supplemented. The molecules in Pomegranate extract containing these minerals are small enough for easily passing into the skin. Therefore, it is possible to supply such nutrients to the skin through topical creams made from pomegranate.
Though these are the studied benefits from Pomegranate , there are other benefits too which may be indirectly attributed to Pomegranate . These include reduction in the size of skin pores, and improvement in the skin’s texture. Using products containing Pomegranate extracts or water can help in getting better looking and healthier skin.
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