April 25, 2019 6 min read
Pomegranates can be used in a variety of dishes, from puddings to savoury mains - and this versatility gives us a clue as to the wealth of ways it can benefit our bodies, too. The delicious fruit yields a fantastically beneficial extract as well as an oil that’s cold-pressed from the seeds, both of which can be used in skin and hair care.
Whilst we use both in our products, Pomegranate Seed Oil is our focus today. It can be used as a standalone ingredient or combined with other powerful actives to achieve a specific effect.
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There is evidence of the existence of pomegranate trees dating back as early as 4,000 B.C. With their origin being traced back to the Mediterranean region, they are known as one of the healthiest fruits around.
Pomegranates have been used in medicine for years - with it being used to lower fever in Ayurveda and to address diabetes in Greek medicine. When Pomegranate seeds are pressed they produce Pomegranate Seed Oil which is often used in skin and hair care because of its many beneficial properties.
Pomegranate Seed Oil is a fantastic addition to moisturising products as it heals and maintains the outer layer of the epidermis whilst nourishing the deeper layers of skin, meaning moisture is retained for longer.
It boasts a huge dose of antioxidants - around the same amount as Green Tea. These antioxidants help to fight free radicals and prevent the damage they can cause - such as wrinkles. The oil can also stimulate the production of keratinocytes. These are cells that have the primary function of forming the skin barrier to prevent external damage. This then boosts the production of new skin cells, prompting the old cells to be shed from the skin.
Pomegranate Seed Oil has amazing moisturising benefits which means that it is great for hydrating normal-dry skin. We use it in our Daily Renew Facial Cream in a mix of organic oils including Pomegranate Seed alongside Argan, Sunflower and Apricot oils. These all work together to lock moisture into the skin and leave skin feeling soft and restored.
This oil also has the added benefit of containing estrogen. This aids collagen production and can improve your skin’s texture, leaving it feeling more plumped and smooth. We use Pomegranate Seed Oil in our Hyaluronic Acid 200. This hydrating serum will help to plump up fine lines and wrinkles alongside softening and protecting your skin.
Pomegranate Seed Oil is also a non-comedogenic. This means that it isn’t likely to clog pores and cause breakouts - even if you use it on oily skin. It sinks deeper into the skin so it will leave minimal residue on the surface. This benefit alongside the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties and boosted production of keratinocytes helps to accelerate wound healing and reduce the appearance of scars and breakouts.
It also contains Punicic Acid, which is an omega-5 fatty acid. aThe high content means that the anti-inflammatory effects of the oil don’t just work on blemishes. It’s a great oil to choose if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, as it hydrates the skin whilst soothing the redness and inflammation. In fact, it’s even a good remedy for sunburn - though of course we strongly advise trying not to burn in the first place!
When you use Pomegranate Seed Oil topically it is rare that you will experience any side effects. However, it is of course still possible that you can experience irritation and rashes. Before using any new product we would recommend you do a patch test 24 hrs beforehand to see if any reaction occurs.
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Pomegranate Seed Oil is suitable for all skin types, including both dry and oily skin. As it is deeply hydrating it is great to use on dry skin to lock in that much needed moisture. However, if you have oily skin you might be worried that using oil on top of it may make it worse. But as we mentioned earlier - Pomegranate Seed Oil is a non-comedogenic. This means that rather than sitting on top of the skin’s surface it sinks deep into the skin’s layers whilst not clogging pores.
It is also great for mature skin as it improves skin’s elasticity and helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by aiding collagen production and leaving your skin plumped.
Pomegranate Seed Oil will help to hydrate, soothe and plump your skin. We also use it in some of our hair care products as it can rehydrate and protect your hair from damage.
A similar product to Pomegranate Seed Oil is Argan Oil. This too can be used in both skin care and hair care products. It has the same hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties as Pomegranate Seed Oil, as well as helping skin’s elasticity. It can also be used to promote healthy, glossy hair and add protection from any damage.
Here at Evolve we have made it easy for you to use Pomegranate Seed Oil in your daily routine.
A great first step would be to use our Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser to gently cleanse and tone your skin. Simply apply onto a reusable cotton pad and use all over your face and neck to remove any dirt and impurities such as make up.
You can follow this with our Hyaluronic Serum 200. This serum is great for adding hydration into your skin whilst helping to plump up fine lines and wrinkles. Simply apply onto your face and neck using your fingers. To help lock in moisture you can apply our Daily Renew Facial Cream on top of your serum. Use your fingers to apply the cream onto your face and neck to deeply moisturise and protect your skin.
If you want to use Pomegranate Seed Oil in your hair care routine then we’ve got our Superfood Shine Shampoo and Conditioner for you to try!
Our Superfood Shine Shampoo has been formulated with natural cleansers from sugar and coconut to cleanse the scalp and hair without stripping it of its natural oils. You can pair with our Superfood Shine Conditioner which uses natural oils and butters to replenish and rehydrate hair. Both our Superfood Shine Shampoo and Conditioner now come in our 500ml family size! These are larger sizes that will help to reduce your plastic consumption and save you money in the long run.
|Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser||Superfood Shine Shampoo and Conditioner Duo|
An ingenious 2 in 1 lotion to effortlessly cleanse and tone all skin types.
This pair of products is all you need to care for your hair and give it the attention it deserves.
If you suffer with skin that needs a hit of hydration or more mature skin that needs some help reducing fine lines and wrinkles then Pomegranate Seed Oil can definitely help.
Overall it is a great ingredient to help your skin’s health and appearance overall, but if you have any concerns with problems mentioned in this blog then it is definitely worth using Pomegranate Seed Oil products in your daily routine.
We really weren’t joking about the many benefits of this fabulous oil. Who would have thought such little seeds could produce so much goodness? It even has a delicious scent, so using it creates a little bit of pampering time for you. Whether you want to use it alone or in a product, smoothed through your hair or massaged into skin, pomegranate seed oil is certainly one of our favourites!
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