Ah, the pomegranate! It’s been used for centuries in still life paintings, it adds a crunchy, healthy taste to salads, and it’s even thought to help with your overall health, but did you know it’s also fabulous for your skin? Yes, that mysterious but extraordinarily beautiful fruit performs a multitude of functions when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and looking its best. Chances are, you’ve been using it in some of your favorite products without even realizing it but if you haven’t, now’s the time to start! For that reason, in this article we’ll talk about what pomegranate fruit extract is, pomegranate skin benefits, and how to use pomegranate fruit extract in your skincare routine!
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What is Pomegranate Fruit Extract?
If you’ve ever taken a Latin class (or even a French one), you may know that the word pomegranate is derived from the medieval Latin pomum (apple) and granatum (seeded). Known for their beautiful, red-purplish color, pomegranates come from small trees and shrubs. When cracked up, they contain dozens of little berries that are put to delicious use in everything from salad dressing to juice to jam.
When those little berries are taken from the shell of the pomegranate and pressed, they produce the extract that’s used in skin care products.
Pomegranate Fruit Extract Skin Benefits
Like a lot of fruit-based extracts, pomegranate fruit extract has a myriad of benefits for skin when applied topically in a skincare product. Here are a few of the fabulous benefits pomegranate fruit extract offers:
- It contains antioxidants - If you’re even a little familiar with skincare products and how they work, you know that antioxidants are one of the best defences against aging as they help to protect the skin from environmental stressors that quite literally set out to harm it. Pomegranates are full of them, including vitamin C, a brilliant antioxidant that not only protects the skin, but helps it restore its glow.
- It has a calming effect on the skin - While we’re on the subject of antioxidants--if you have skin that’s easily irritated, you might want to think about adding pomegranate fruit extract to your skincare routine. Antioxidants are known for having a gentle effect on the skin and for their ability to relieve discomfort.
- It has anti-aging properties - We really don’t mean to go on about antioxidants but it’s hard not to, given all they do. One of the best things on that list is their ability to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to revitalize the appearance of mature skin. If one of your goals has been to get started on an anti-aging routine, pomegranate fruit extract should be on your list.
- It is great for sun bunnies - Just to be completely clear: you MUST continue to wear sunscreen, however . . . pomegranate fruit extract is said to help minimize the appearance of dark spots to promote healthy looking skin; the ultimate ingredient for sun lovers!
- It helps improve skin tone - One of the things pomegranate fruit extract contains is a fatty acid called punicic acid. Punicic acid is thought to help even out skin tone.
- It helps provide a fresh and revitalized appearance - Powered by phytonutrients and antioxidants, pomegranate fruit extract helps plump the look of your skin for an ageless appearance.
- It helps moisturize - Full of fatty acids, pomegranate oil for skin helps moisturize the skin beautifully which is part of why we’ve included it in both our moisturizer and our eye cream!
How to Use Pomegranate Fruit Extract
While you can take pomegranate fruit extract in a tablet form (or even eat a few pomegranates), to really get the full benefits for skin we recommend using pomegranate fruit extract topically. Whether you go the DIY route or use pomegranate fruit extract in an already existing product, there are a lot of great options.
Use pomegranate fruit extract as an oil
You can easily DIY a pomegranate oil by scooping out the seeds (officially called arils) and heating them under a medium heat along with the rest of the pomegranate in an oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Take the resulting mixture and put it through a sifter, a piece of cheese cloth, or even a piece of never-used hosiery to drain the oil out of the mixture. Once it cools down, you’re ready to use it on your face!
Use pomegranate fruit extract as a toner
One of the best ways to use pomegranate fruit extract is as a toner. Although the process of getting the oil out of the pomegranate is fairly laborious (see above), making the toner is a cinch. All you have to do is combine equal parts pomegranate oil and distilled water and put it in a spray bottle.
Use pomegranate fruit extract as an exfoliant
If you do decide to go the DIY route, save a few seeds and turn them into an exfoliant by mixing with some yogurt and a little honey. Rub the mixture into your skin — gently — and use once or twice a week.
If all of this sounds a bit laborious, you can easily use pomegranate fruit extract in an already existing product. Generally speaking, pomegranate fruit extract is most often used in serums, moisturizers, and face oils primarily for their anti-aging properties as well as for their ability to moisturize the skin. For the same reason they’re used in many hair care products.
For example, our Crème de la Cream natural moisturizer is full of pomegranate fruit extract to help protect your skin from the environmental stressors trying to harm it! Delivering the perfect amount of moisture, it will even and brighten your skin tone and get to work on visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles!
For the same reasons, we’ve incorporated pomegranate fruit extract into our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream. Not only will it attack those fine lines and wrinkles we often see around the delicate eye area, it will help de-puff the puffiness we often experience in the morning and get to work on the bags that often appear after a sleepless night.
We hope this has helped shed a little light on what, exactly pomegranate fruit extract is, what it does, and how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine. You may look at this fruit very differently the next time you see it in the supermarket or on a salad!