Pomegranate is a thick skinned super seedy fruit, with a brilliant red hue which is now touted as a wonder fruit by scientific researchers. The name pomegranate derives from the French word “pomegranate” or seeded apple. They are believed to have originated in Iran and brought to Egypt in 1600 BC, where it was not only revered as an important food source but was also widely used for its medicinal value. It was held in high esteem even during those times, as it is evident by their depiction in Egyptian paintings and tombs. Inspired by the abundance of jewel toned seeds within the bright red rind, pomegranate is considered to be a symbol of fertility and prosperity in some cultures.
B. Pomegranate Benefits For Skin
Serums made from this sour fruits’ seeds have been a favorite among many because of its non-greasy texture. It is also, as mentioned above, a very common ingredient in body products like facial creams, scrubbers, and massage oils. Don’t you want to know the unique quality these seeds hold? Listed below are the reasons behind the various benefits of pomegranates.
14. Maintains Skin Health
Collagen is the basic component of your skin which ensures that your skin remains soft, smooth and firm. Certain compounds present in pomegranates stop the enzymes from breaking down collagen, thus maintaining skin health. They also assist in the growth of fibroblasts, the cells that produce elastin and fiber to ensure that your skin remains smooth and supple. Furthermore, this fruit stimulates proliferation of keratinocytes, the cells that form the outermost layer of your skin. The increase in the number of these cells enables your skin to repair itself better.
15. Moisturizes Skin
Being rich in punicic acid, the oil derived from these seeds will moisturize your skin.
16. Aids In Cell Regeneration
Skin damage often leads to problems like pigmentation and age spots. Pomegranates are beneficial in this regard as they protect the epidermis (outer layer of the skin), and facilitate skin cell regeneration in the epidermis and dermis (inner layer). They aid in the production of naturally occurring antioxidants in your body that help in regeneration of skin cells. In this way, they help in increasing circulation and aiding in tissue repair and wound healing.
17. Treats Acne
Acne is caused due to digestive problems or hormonal imbalance. Pomegranate, being a rich source of vitamin C, can regulate the production of sebum, an oily substance secreted by your skin which is the root cause of pimples. It also corrects digestive problems, thus promoting healthy blood circulation in the body. You can apply pomegranate juice on the areas affected by pimples. This will prevent acne and scars by generating tissues in the affected area.
18. Beneficial For Dry Skin
The small molecular structure of pomegranate enables it to penetrate deeply into the skin, making it effective for treating dry skin. It has the ability to soothe dry, cracked and irritated skin as it contains punicic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid that hydrates skin and prevents moisture loss.
19. Beneficial For Oily/Combination Skin
Pomegranate oil is great for oily skin and is often used in skin care products meant for acne prone skin to combat breakouts, reduce scarring, and soothe minor irritations.
20. Anti-aging Benefits
Pomegranates possess anti-ageing properties, thus rejuvenating your skin both internally and externally. Pomegranate juice is beneficial for the skin that is damaged due to sun exposure or aging. The oil from pomegranate seeds helps strengthen the epidermis thus reducing or delaying wrinkles. This fruit repairs skin damage to provide you with smooth and youthful skin and extends the life of the cells that are involved in the production of collagen and elastin. The collagen and elastin pump up your skin and render it elasticity, thus keeping it youthful and minimizing the occurrence of wrinkles.
21. Sun Protection
Pomegranates are a great way of countering the damaging effects of the sun. They contain a number of antioxidants that protect your skin against free radical damage. They also prevent skin cancer, relieve sunburn and reduce the signs of sun damage. It provides protection against skin cancer as it contains a large amount of ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant which inhibits the growth of skin tumors.
22. Treatment Of Skin Inflammation
Pomegranate extracts are comparable to any ointment in soothing skin inflammation (23). They contain polyphenols along with other compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. The seeds of pomegranate contain excellent healing properties that promote rapid healing. Consuming pomegranates and applying its extracts or oil on the affected area ensures quick healing of your skin and fights infection. Moreover, it does not leave a scar or mark on the skin after healing.
23. Heals Dry Skin & Cracks
Do you suffer from cracked or dry skin? Apply the pomegranate seed oil on a regular basis and you can kiss goodbye to those cracks.
24. Revitalizes Facial Skin
This emollient will also revitalize your facial skin and is also a great product to heal wounds.
25. Treats Skin Infections
People suffering from inflammatory and other skin problems like eczema, psoriasis need not worry about a homemade remedy because here it is. Pomegranate seeds have really good anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. This, therefore, helps in relieving you of the mentioned skin infections.