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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: POMEGRANATE OIL
Pomegranate seeds tend to bring to mind luscious fruit bowls littering our Instagram feeds.
Not only are these seeds sweet and delicious and bursting with fresh flavor, but they also add a vibrant touch to an otherwise dull looking plate.
What you may not know, however, is that when the oil of this bright and succulent fruit is applied to your skin, it will transform dull skin to one that glows with a youthful radiance.
In ancient cultures, pomegranate was highly regarded as “the sacred fruit,” believed to be the blood of the God of beauty; Adonis. Pomegranate symbolizes prosperity, ambition, fruitfulness and fertility. Pomegranates powerful health and skin benefits have held it in high regard through the centuries.
Native to the region of Iran, the powerful oil extracted from the pomegranate has been used for its healing benefits from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian ocean for thousands of years.
While pomegranate oil is brimming in antioxidants (more on this later on) it’s its unique fatty acid profile that really makes it stand out from the crowd. Pomegranate oil contains the very rare omega 5 fatty acid, called punicic acid, which has strong anti inflammatory properties and is deeply regenerating to the outer epidermal layer.
In this article we’ll dig a little deeper and uncover all of the hidden gems waiting for us in this rich and exotic oil.
Let’s talk more about Punicic Acid
We bet you’re dying to know more about your skin’s new best friend, are we right?
Punicic acid is known as the very rare omega 5 and pomegranate seeds are the only known plant-based source of this exceptional ingredient.
By now you’re surely aware of the more well-known fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. You probably also know that omega 3 is excellent for reducing inflammation in the skin, boosting hydration and promoting a gorgeous glow.
So how does omega 5 compare?
Well, this oil provides all the same benefits you have come to expect and love from omega 3 and more. Think of it as omega 3 on steroids, it really is that impressive!
Omega 5 can be categorized into the four “Anti’s”:
Punicic acid has a profile boasting an array of powerful properties that help to heal, repair and regenerate the skin at a cellular level, and here’s why:
Punicic acid is a superstar ingredient for mature skin and plays a key role in cell regeneration, and deep nourishment. This deep hydration helps to boost collagen production for smoother, firmer and plumper skin.
One of the most essential benefits offered by punicic acid is its fantastic ability to drastically reduce inflammation in the skin, making it a cult favorite among those who suffer with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Its anti-inflammatory benefits are due to the presence of a high ranking class of antioxidants, called polyphenols. Ellagic acid is the most abundant polyphenol found in pomegranate and it aids in skin rejuvenation and regeneration.
What else does pomegranate oil contain and how can it benefit my skin?
As if omega 5 alone wasn’t enough, pomegranate also boasts a variety of powerful antioxidant vitamins including vitamins A, C, E and folic acid, all of which work together to fight off free radicals, strengthen the skin’s barrier function, prevent moisture loss through the pores and provide skin that glows with youthful radiance.
Pomegranate oil contains flavonoids, anthocyanins and tannins, along with polyphenols, which we spoke about a bit further up. Polyphenols are chemical compounds, found naturally in plant sources.
Polyphenols offer potent protective qualities and can actually prevent DNA damage in skin cells by neutralizing free radicals. Pomegranate oil is so rich in polyphenols, it has the ability to absorb ultraviolet light, which helps to protect the skin from damaging UV rays.
Ellagic acid is the prominent polyphenol source in pomegranate oil.
How can I get my hands on this incredible oil?