A Skin Care Ingredient to Love: Pomegranate
Updated: Apr 13
Did you know that around 80 to 99% of what we see on our skin as adults is a result of our exposure to daylight? This is known as photoaging. According to the International Dermal Institute, photoaging can be recognized as an increase in wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and skin thickness, hyperpigmentation, dilated capillaries, and a reduction in the water-binding properties of the skin.
While aging skin is a normal part of life, there are natural ingredients that can slow the process and diminish these classic signs of aging skin altogether. Whole pomegranate extract has been proven to be one of the most effective, natural ways to prevent UVA and UVB damage to the skin while also protecting your collagen.
Over time, exposure to UVA and UVB rays can result in cell damage and death, more inflammation, an increase in skin’s free radical content and can degrade collagen. Wearing sunscreen is one way to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but chemical sunscreens actually complicate matters as they can lead to allergic reactions, hormonal disruption, and can actually increase free radical production in exposed skin.
Using mineral sunscreen is one way to safely protect your skin on a daily basis. Additionally, you can prevent photoaging by using antioxidants to boost the natural damage defense of your skin. Look for whole pomegranate extract in your natural skincare products. This wonderful anti-aging ingredient has amazing healing and protective functions – it is especially beneficial when used on a regular basis. It is effective in preventing UV-related cell death by reducing inflammation and increasing DNA repair. Pomegranate can also reverse the damage that has already been done to the skin over the years. Body lotions with this ingredient can be helpful in supporting the skin right after sun exposure. You can also maintain the look of youthful, firm, elastic skin with facial products such as serums or moisturizers that harness the power of pomegranate. Eating pomegranates on a regular basis along with a variety of other antioxidant-rich foods will promote healthy skin from the inside out.
It is crucial to protect and promote healthy skin year-round! Being in the sun daily can be beneficial to our overall health, but it is important to get into the routine of protecting our skin now! Practice feeding your skin antioxidants daily to strengthen it against photoaging. This will be a wonderful habit to establish before summer as pomegranate is a sun lover’s favorite natural skincare ingredient!
Care for the health and vitality of your skin with pomegranate. The sooner you begin using this powerful ingredient, the better your long-term skin results will be!
See a holistic esthetician for more natural, personalized advice on how to prevent photoaging and promote healthy skin.
-Amanda Wettstein, Esthetician