Here at The Skinny Confidential, we are literally geeking out over pomegranate fruit. Also known as punica granatum or the fruit of paradise – yes please! Known for its hard outer shell & yummy little seeds, (which btw make for such a refreshing snack or cocktail garnish), this fruit has a multitude of benefits for your overall health.
But, why are we in love with this fruit? It’s not only because the seeds are so delicious & nutritious. It’s because pomegranate seeds contain key nutrients that, when extracted, offer a ton of therapeutic and beauty benefits for different skin types. And these benefits come from the variety of fats, vitamins, and minerals found in pomegranate seeds.
Just to name a few, you’ve got omega-5, omega-6 & omega-9 fatty acids, palmitic and punicic acid, antioxidants, Vitamins C, E, and K, and antimicrobial properties. And those are just the nutrients that benefit the skin. When ingested, this oil provides fiber, protein, folate, and calcium to the body as well – just wow.
So, it should be no surprise that Lauryn chose pomegranate seed oil as one of the main ingredients in TSC’s ICE QUEEN FACE OIL.
There are plenty of pomegranate seed oil products in the market right now. But, do they also contain blueberry seed oil, almond seed oil, lemon, basil, turmeric, and a plethora of other glowing oils & ingredients for the skin? The ICE QUEEN FACE OIL does. The addition of pomegranate seed oil is like the cherry on top of an already amazing mix of skin serums.
So, still need some convincing on why you absolutely need pomegranate oil in your skin care routine? Let’s go over the benefits of pomegranate seed oil and how to properly use it to get maximum results!
7 Benefits of Pomegranate Oil For Skin
♡ Supports healthy skin aging
Pomegranate oil is known to reduce the look of aging for many reasons. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that keep skin looking taut and smooth. Nobody wants a puffy and swollen face – thanks, but no thanks. It also increases the production of collagen, which is excellent for reducing the look of wrinkles and fine lines. Never forget – collagen is key! And finally, this oil promotes rapid cell turnover. The faster your skin cells regenerate, the smoother, younger, and healthier they will look.
♡ Contains essential antioxidants
Pomegranate oil is an excellent source of antioxidants. These antioxidants include Vitamin C, tannins, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins. Antioxidants are these wonderful little superheros that fight free radical damage in the body and on the skin. And in turn, this further reduces inflammation, sun damage, and signs of aging.
♡ Increases hydration
The fatty acids found in this oil are excellent for helping skin gain and maintain hydration. These fatty acids support the growth and development of your skin barrier, making it harder for your skin to lose that essential hydration. Plus, pomegranate seed oil is literally amazing for healing dry and cracked skin. In fact, it’s known to be a great healing agent for both eczema and psoriasis – and it doesn’t clog your pores either.
♡ Helps manage inflammation
Like we mentioned earlier, the antioxidants found in pomegranate oil have some super anti inflammatory powers. Like get rid of that ‘hangover swelling and those under eye bags in just a few hours’ powers. And this doesn’t just stop at your skin, these anti inflammatory powers also work throughout the body when this oil is consumed. This will reduce that pesky bloating and improve your immune system. What else could you ask for?
♡ Provides sun protection
The ellagic acid found in pomegranate oil is a super powerful antioxidant. And this acid is literally always on the hunt for free radicals. By eliminating those free radicals, this oil both protects the skin from sun damage and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. It’s like an extra little layer of sunscreen, but thinner & with many more benefits.
♡ Promotes collagen production
Pomegranate seed oil not only helps your skin create more collagen, but it also improves the quality of collagen your skin is producing. Collagen prevents signs of aging and keeps the skin feeling elastic and tight. And, it’s also useful throughout the body. It keeps those joints lubricated and can even increase flexibility. Plus, it’s super important to supplement with collagen as we age because we actually produce less the older we get.
♡ Contains antimicrobial properties
This amazing oil contains two types of phenolic compounds – flavonoids and tannins. These compounds have cleansing antimicrobial properties that can really cleanse the skin. But, in the most gentle way and without clogging pores. These compounds can help get rid of leftover makeup, dirt and dust, and even gross viruses and bacteria.
I know I said 7 but there are much more to mention… here’s more:
♡ Boost Immunity
If you do take this oil internally, the substantial amount of vitamin C it contains can help strengthen your body’s defenses. Yet, it is also useful for defending the skin’s immunological function, preventing many airborne infections from colonizing the body’s biggest organ.
♡ Improves Heart Health
Pomegranate seed oil’s mixture of polyphenols, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids has a significant effect on overall heart health. This can improve HDL cholesterol levels and lower “bad” cholesterol levels in the body, while also improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. Your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiac disorders is decreased as a result of all of this.
According to recent studies published in the Molecules Journal, punicuc acid and linoleic acid which are primary active ingredients in pomegranate seed oil has therapeutic effects on breast cancer. Also according to the Journal of Medicinal Food, it shows that the oil has antitumor potential against prostate cancer.
How To Use Pomegranate Seed Oil
As we mentioned earlier, there are plenty of pomegranate seed oil products on the market. You can, of course, purchase specialized products like a pomegranate seed oil serum, a body scrub, or a face mask. Or, you can feel free to purchase a vial of oil and simply add it to your other skin care products for a little extra uumph. Either way, we recommend adding this oil to your skincare routine – like yesterday! Here are some ways you can incorporate this oil into your daily or weekly routine.
♡ Use a serum or facial oil.
The best way to reap the most benefits of pomegranate oil is to apply it directly to the skin via serum or oil. And, the best part is, you can apply this oil everywhere. Even the face. Add this oil to your makeup routine by applying a few drops to the face and dabbing in. And feel free to repeat this process anywhere else on the body you’d like. Especially in those areas where dry skin is common like the elbows and knees. Be sure to try TSC ICE QUEEN FACE OIL, too.
♡ Add it to your next homemade body scrub.
The vitamins, minerals, and soothing antioxidants found in pomegranate oil make it great to add to your favorite body scrub. Just add a few drops to your scrub and exfoliate all over – allow the pomegranate oil to nourish and soothe the skin. Plus, the antimicrobial properties will also help clean away all the dirt and grime that builds up in the skin. You can also feel free to apply some oil after you exfoliate to further soothe and calm the skin.
♡ Add it to your next homemade face mask.
Like the body scrub, feel free to add some pomegranate oil to your next face mask. This way, you can really let that oil soak in and reap all the amazing benefits. Oh, and after your face mask, be sure to roll with your HOT MESS ICE ROLLER then chisel the fuck out of your face with your PINK BALLS FACE MASSAGER.
But wait, Pomegranate Oil For Hair
Pomegranate oil has lots different beneficial acids such as Linolenic acid, Palmitic acid, and Punic acid which helps to revitalize and fortify the hair, making it thick, lustrous, and healthy. The high antioxidant and vitamin content help increase the blood flow and circulation in the scalp, helping to reduce flakiness and itchiness of the scalp.
No ifs, ands or buts, pomegranate seed oil is a must-have in your skincare routine.
If you’re not running to the store to snatch up some pomegranate seed oil right now, GO! Believe us when we say, you will NOT regret adding this essential oil to your life. And your skin will be thanking you forever and ever. Until next time, eat some pomegranate seeds and Get. This. Oil. Period.
And while we’re on the subject, you guys have got to try this pomegranate, goat cheese spagetti squash & these vodka pomegrante mojito’s. Until next time, eat some pomegranate seeds and get some pomegranate oil. Period.
xo, The Skinny Confidential team
+ try this pomegranate, goat cheese spagetti squash recipe.
++ use pomegranates in this fun mojito for a pop of color.