Here at Tennis Chick Magazine, we are totally geeking out over pomegranates, also known as “punica granatum,” or the fruit of paradise. Known for its hard outer peel and tasty little seeds (which make a refreshing snack or cocktail garnish), this fruit has a bazillion benefits for our overall health. It also has properties that can repair damage to our skin caused by spending so much on sunny courts.
Pomegranate seeds contain vital nutrients that offer tons of health and beauty benefits for our skin. These bennies come from the variety of fats, vitamins, and minerals in pomegranate seeds. Just to name a few, there are the omega-5, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids; punicic and palmitic acids; antioxidants (of course!), Vitamins C, E, and K, and antimicrobial properties. Phew! And those are just some of the nutrients that can help repair sun damage to our skin! When ingested, pomegranate seed oil provides the body with protein, fiber, folate, and calcium, as well – like, wow!
So… do you still need some convincing on why you need pomegranate oil in your skincare regimen? Let’s go over the bennies of pomegranate seed oil and how to use it for maximum results!
7 Benefits of Pomegranate Oil For Your Skin
1. It supports healthy skin aging
The truth is that pomegranate oil reduces the look of aging. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep skin looking taut and smooth. It also increases your body’s natural production of collagen, which is the key to a more youthful look. And finally, this essential oil promotes rapid cell turnover, and the faster your skin cells regenerate, the smoother, younger, and healthier your skin will look.
In other words, ladies, pomegranate seed oil is excellent for reducing the look of pesky fine lines and wrinkles that we tennis chicks get from squinting in the sun during our matches!
2. It contains essential antioxidants
Pomegranate seed oil is one of the best sources of antioxidants, including Vitamin C, tannins, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins. Antioxidants are these incredible little superheroes fighting free radicals in the body and skin, further reducing inflammation, sun damage, and signs of aging. Sweeeeeeet!
3. Pomegranate oil increases hydration
The fatty acids in this oil are excellent for helping your skin gain and maintain hydration. These acids support the growth and development of your skin barrier, making it harder for your skin to lose essential hydration. Plus, this special oil is truly fab for healing dry and cracked skin. In fact, it’s a great healing agent for both eczema and psoriasis – and it doesn’t clog your pores either.
4. It helps manage inflammation
As we mentioned earlier, pomegranate seed oil has antioxidants, and they have some super anti-inflammatory powers… like “get rid of hangover swelling and those under eye bags in just a few hours” powers. And this awesomeness doesn’t just stop at your skin. They also work throughout the body when this oil is ingested. This will reduce that annoying bloating and improve your immune system.
5. Pomegranate oil provides sun protection
The ellagic acid found in pomegranate seed oil is a super potent antioxidant. This acid is always on the hunt for free radicals, which are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. By eliminating those free radicals, this oil protects the skin from sun damage and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. It’s like a little extra layer of sunscreen, but thinner and with tons more benefits.
6. It promotes collagen production
This amazing oil not only helps your skin create more collagen but also improves the quality of collagen your skin produces. Collagen prevents those tell-tale signs of aging and keeps the skin feeling elastic and tight. And it’s also helpful throughout the body. Collagen keeps your joints lubricated and can even increase flexibility. FYI – it’s super important to supplement with collagen as we age because our bodies produce less as we get older.
7. It contains antimicrobial properties
This essential oil contains two types of phenolic compounds – flavonoids and tannins. These compounds have antimicrobial properties that cleanse the skin, but in the most gentle way – and without clogging your pores. They can help get rid of makeup residue, dirt and dust, and even viruses and bacteria.
How To Use Pomegranate Seed Oil
As we mentioned earlier, there are lots of pomegranate seed oil products on the market. Of course, you can purchase pomegranate oil-infused products, a special serum, body scrub, or a face mask. Or, you can simply purchase a small bottle of the actual oil and add it to your own skincare products for a little extra “uumph.” No matter how you do it… you MUST do it. Here are some ways to incorporate pomegranate oil into your daily or weekly routine.
Use a serum or facial oil
The get the most benefits of pomegranate seed oil, you should apply it directly to your skin via a serum or oil. The best part is, you can apply it everywhere… even your face. Include it in your makeup routine by applying a few drops to your face and dabbing in, and then apply your makeup. Then repeat this process anywhere and everywhere else on your body, especially in those areas where dry skin is a problem, like the elbows and knees.
Add it to homemade body scrub
The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in pomegranate oil make it the perfect addition to your favorite body scrub. Add a few drops and exfoliate all over and allow it to nourish and soothe your skin. The antimicrobial properties also help clean away all the dirt and grime that builds up in the skin. You can also apply a little oil after exfoliating to further soothe and calm the skin.
Add it to a homemade facial mask
Like the body scrub, add a little pomegranate seed oil to your next face mask. This way, you can really let it soak in and reap all the amazing benefits.
No ifs, ands, or buts, ladies… pomegranate seed oil is a must for your skincare routine.
If you’re not scouring Amazon or running to the store to snatch up some pomegranate seed oil, do it now! Believe us when we say: you will NOT regret adding this essential oil to your life. Seriously… your skin will be thanking you forever (…and ever!) Until next time, ladies… eat some pomegranate seeds and Get. This. Oil. Period.