2. Pomegranate Seed Oil
Pomegranate seed oil is made by cold-pressing the tiny red seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Pomegranate has long been considered a symbol of health, fertility, and eternal life, and is known as ‘nature’s power fruit’ – for good reason. Pomegranate comes from the word pomme garnete, which is French for ‘seeded apple’, and while this big, pink, spiky fruit can definitely look a bit peculiar, it works wonders when used internally and externally for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
Bringing life to the phrase “a little goes a long way”, only a small amount of pomegranate seed oil is needed to achieve results. Pomegranate seed oil is highly suitable for skincare due to its rich amount of omega-5, a rare fatty acid known as Conjugated Linolenic Acid, or punicic acid. This acid is one of the most potent antioxidants that modern science has so far come across. It’s a natural source of plant-based estrogen (phytoestrogen), and its molecular structure makes it highly compatible with skin.
Pomegranate seed oil can also be used to protect the skin against sun damage and sun spots, control acne breakouts, reduce scarring, and soothe minor inflammation. Containing roughly 80% punicic acid, which gives the pomegranate seed its strong anti-inflammatory nature, use of the oil can provide soothing and hydrating relief for sufferers of eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.
Using pomegranate seed oil helps collagen production and allows nutrients to be delivered directly to the skin cells, accelerating the process of cellular regeneration by stimulating keratinocytes, which are the major cells found in the outer layers of our skin where any damage is likely to show. The regenerative properties of this oil fight free radicals that cause the signs of aging and other damages and visibly reduce them.