Considered a champion anti-aging, all-natural skincare solution, the benefits of pomegranate seed oil, punica granatum, to both hair and skin are second-to-none. According to Natural Living Ideas, “It takes more than 200 pounds of fresh pomegranate seeds to produce just a pound of this rich, nutritious oil that can be used both internally and externally to improve your health inside and out.”
So, how does pomegranate seed oil improve your exterior, specifically the condition of your hair and skin, and what makes such a tiny seed so powerful?
Putting Pomegranate Seed Oil Under the Microscope
Rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C, pomegranate seed oil also contains punicic acid, an anti-inflammatory omega-5 fatty acid, not to mention bunches of bioflavonoids. A natural sunblock, bioflavonoids fight free radicals and shield your skin from sun damage, delaying visible signs of aging.
Altogether, these properties kick your “keratinocytes” (the cell structures found in your epidermis, or outer layer of skin) into action, making them better able to balance your skin’s pH levels, improve elasticity, and even out skin tone.
And, punicic acid has been proven to protect collagen fibers found in the skin, accelerating wound healing and reducing the appearance of scars. The anti-inflammatory property of punicic acid has also effectively addressed skincare ailments like eczema and psoriasis.
For an ultimate, at-home anti-aging serum, try this recommendation from Dr. Axe: combine about 20 drops each of pomegranate oil, frankincense oil, lavender oil, vitamin E oil and jojoba oil in a small jar – each night just before bedtime, gently rub about 4 drops of the serum all over your face, allowing it to totally absorb into your skin without rinsing.
Help for Hair, Provided by Pomegranate Seed Oil
Lackluster hair is a common complaint of many women -- and men, too. Seasonal changes can make this worse, which is why the free-radical fighting power of pomegranate seed oil proves helpful to hair. Free radicals are associated with pollution and are found in higher concentrations among urban, compared to rural, areas. Depending on where you live and work, you might be fighting more or fewer free radicals on a regular basis. Regardless, a few drops of pomegranate seed oil added to your favorite conditioner or smoothed into towel-dried ends results in a noticeable improvement, both in texture and appearance.
You can even access the anti-fungal properties of pomegranate seed oil and fight scalp conditions, like dandruff, by enhancing your shampoo with drops of pomegranate seed oil.
Pick up a bottle of Blue Monarch’s pomegranate seed oil for an all-natural, unbeatable boost to your inner and outer beauty.