Pomegranates have been grown and harvested since ancient times. According to the Huntington College of Health Sciences, pomegranates originated from Persia (Iran) and have been cultivated in Central Asia, Georgia, Armenia and the Mediterranean region for several millennia. They eventually made their way to other parts of the world, and they have many health benefits, both cosmetically and health wise.
If you take a look around, pomegranate extract is everywhere. There is a line of fruit juice drinks in major supermarkets called POM, which highlights its antioxidant properties and makes a case for a great daily supplement instead of orange juice, as it is packed with vitamins.
It’s no secret that pomegranate extract is among the best antioxidants on the planet. We’ve found it present in several anti aging creams recently.
Several recent studies have shown pomegranate’s ability to improve wound healing, resulting in faster repair of abrasions to the skin. It also appears to play a major role in the repair of sun damage. The sun is the number one factor that affects the skin. Extracts of pomegranate are thought to exert their positive effects on skin aging by extending the life of fibroblasts, the cells that are ultimately responsible for producing collagen and elastin.
Topically applied Pomegranate extract may:
- act as an anti-inflammatory
- act as an anti oxidant
- lighten and brighten skin
- repair and treat sun damage
- prevent or reduce UVA and UVB sun damage
- reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- wound healing support
Collagen and elastin are the components that provide strength and support to the skin. When collagen and elastin fibers break down, the skin develops laxity, which results in the appearance of wrinkles. Fortunately, pomegranate’s skin benefits may help to prevent this process altogether.
Pomegranates contain vitamins B and C, taking pomegranate extract capsules could reduce or reverse the signs of aging by promoting cell turnover, leading to the creation of new, healthy skin!
One study showed that pomegranate seed oil stimulated the production of collagen, resulting in a mild thickening of the epidermis and dermis of the skin. It also appeared to prevent the breakdown of collagen fiber. This tells us that pomegranate oil may boost the ability of skin to repair itself by regenerating the supporting collagen structure of the skin.
According to Skin, Inc., pomegranate extract boosts the sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen by 20%. This could mean less applications of sunscreen and fewer sunburns.
Other studies have shown that pomegranate seed extract applied to the skin may reduce the formation of some forms of skin cancer, which suggests that its antioxidant capabilities are possibly responsible for some of pomegranate’s skin benefits.