Ingredient Lab: Pomegranates (Women's Health Magazine)
Pomegranates have long been prized for their beautifying properties and revered as a symbol of health, fertility, prosperity, and longevity. Modern science now verifies the ancient wisdom that pomegranates offer a bounty of age-defying benefits from the inside-out and the outside-in to nourish, protect, and rejuvenate skin.
Pomegranates protect and strengthen skin cells on the surface and regenerate cells in the deeper layers of skin. Both the fruit and the oil from its seeds strengthen the outer layers (epidermis) and repair deeper layers (dermis) of skin as well as stimulate keratinocytes (the skin cells in charge on the surface), which promotes cellular regeneration big-time.
Collagen is the basic building block of our skin and the key protein that maintains firm, smooth, perky skin. Special compounds in pomegranates not only inhibit enzymes that break down collagen, but also extend the life of fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen and elastin) to support skin’s integrity and improve skin elasticity.
Pomegranates offer serious sun protection, thanks to the unique profile of antioxidants, including gallic and ellagic acid, which ward off sun damage, skin cancer, the visible effects of photoaging and even relieve sunburn symptoms.