Pomegranate

Cosmetic Use

Pomegranate seed oil is gaining increased attention by cosmeceutical manufacturers and aromatherapy industries due to its remarkable ability to nourish, moisturize and repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity. Without moisture, wrinkles become more abundant and pronounced, the skin looks tight and lacks luster. Pomegranate seed oil adds moisture, has natural estrogenic properties, anti-oxidants, is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, improves skin elasticity, and protects the skin. Pomegranate seed oil is commonly used in cosmetic products to revitalize dull or mature skin, assist with wrinkles, and to soothe minor skin irritations. The unique healing properties of Pomegranate seed oil are due to its unique composition of fatty acids, mainly punicic acid (CLA). It provides relief from minor skin irritations and inflammation, including dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and sunburned skin. The high content of conjugated fatty acids in pomegranate oil gives it strong anti-inflammatory properties and makes it a highly beneficial ingredient in formulations intended to reduce swelling and ease muscular aches and pains. Pomegranate oil can promote procollagen synthesis and strengthen the epidermis.

High in anti-oxidants, it is extremely moisturizing, nourishes the skin and balances the pH effect while protecting the skin from free radicals; provide quick relief from irritated, dry or cracked skin. It is wonderful oil for mature and aging skin, and is soothing to dry, irritated or sunburned skin. It contains a high amount of conjugated fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Pomegranate oil is said to help with collagen production, acts as a free radical scavenger and boost restoration and repair of the skin. Use it in lip balms, cream, lotions and facial serums.

Several recent studies, including one conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School have shown that pomegranate seed oil stimulates keratinocyte proliferation, promoting regeneration and strengthening of the epidermis. This study compliments other recent studies, which have also shown the beneficial results of using pomegranate seed oil. Pomegranate seed oil may be used within most skin care formulas, including soap making, massage oils, facial care products, and other body care and cosmetic products. Only a small amount is needed within formulas to achieve beneficial results. Pomegranate oil is wonderful oil for hair because it revitalizes dull and dry hair and protects it from environmental pollution and chemicals.

Pomegranate seed oil can be effective used in the following conditions

  • Mature, ageing skin
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • Boosts restoration and repair of the skin
  • Evens skin tone
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Helps with collagen production
  • Acts as a natural SPF booster
  • Helps reverse the damage of sun exposure

Medicinal Use

Scientific studies have indicated that conjugated linoleic acid may support the immune system, and help the body fight against human cancers, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Research is showing it to be helpful in fighting both skin and breast cancer in laboratory tests. Pomegranate seed oil is one of the only plant sources of conjugated fatty acids and it contains an abundant amount of punicic acid, a compound closely related to conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). The punicic acid found pomegranate seed oil and has been called a “super CLA” whose effect is even more potent than ordinary CLA. Pomegranate seed oil also contains phytoestrogens, similar to the estrogens naturally produced by the human body. Many women have found that using pomegranate seed oil has helped to ease symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause, such as mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and diminished libido. To relieve the symptoms of menopause, pomegranate seed oil can be used topically as a skin moisturizer, orally as a dietary supplement, as massage oil, or as a personal lubricant.

It has also been shown to help sunburned and ultraviolet damaged skin. One study found that pomegranates are far higher in antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries or green tea. Scientists believe it may inhibit atherosclerosis, cut the risk of heart disease and help to modulate high blood pressure.