Pomegranate, a native plant of Northern Africa, is claimed as one of the oldest known medicines to man. In the early times, the fruit was used to remedy a number of common health complaints. A 1552 B.C. Egyptian ebers papyrus holds the oldest and most important medical record in the history. The script written in the papyrus had mentioned that ancient Greek healers used pomegranate juice to manage health problems similar to arthritis, circulation problems, digestive disorders and infections. Interestingly, the fruit was also involved in some ancient beauty concoctions.
Thanks to modern science, pomegranate fruit has established its skin care benefits. The fruit was found to be rich in ellagic acid, which is great in managing free radicals. The pomegranate oil contains punicic acid, an omega 5 conjugated fatty acid, which was found effective in aiding cell regeneration and proliferation. The fruit also carries beneficial phytoestrogen and a rare plant-based source of CLA.
Skin Care Benefits
Pomegranate was recently included in the elite group of superfruits because of its amazing health benefits. It carries excellent skin care properties including moisturizing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In promoting more rapid cell regeneration and rejuvenation, it delivers a powerful anti-aging effect as it helps the skin retain moisture and maintain proper circulation and hydration. It contains a host of powerful antioxidant components, which are responsible brightening or lightening the skin tone. In extending the life of fibroblasts, it promotes the production of collagen and elastin, which give strength and support to the skin. This way, it effectively slows the formation of wrinkles and marks related to aging. In aiding tissue repair, pomegranate has shown properties to expedite the wound healing process. With all the said benefits, it also minimizes the risk of developing skin cancer.
Popular Pomegranate Skin Care Products
With the given anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and soothing effect of pomegranate, it is now a popular ingredient for a number of skin care products. It is used in healing creams to help restore the healing properties of damaged and aging tissues. The pomegranate seed oil is now competing with other oil preparations in effectively soothing dry, cracked and irritated skin, leaving the skin smooth and supple. In a number of suncare products, such as sunblock lotions, the keratinocyte in pomegranate fruits has become the key ingredient.
Pomegranate skin care products are generally expensive. This is because of the fruit's limited supply. In addition, only few pomegranate crops meet the strict criteria set by manufacturers for all their fruit-based ingredients. Some cosmetic manufacturers even resort to organically farming fruit ingredients such as pomegranate to ensure the quality of the fruit and optimize the quality of their skin care benefits of their products.