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Cosmetics manufacturers are always looking for newer, better, more effective ingredients that can be used to improve the skin. It's not a simple process. Many ingredients claim to provide benefits, yet only a few are supported by scientific studies. While it doesn't mean that ingredients lacking clinical studies are necessarily ineffective, it does mean that we should perhaps think twice about rushing to the cosmetics counter to part with our hard earned money. Pomegranate is one such ingredient, resting at a crossroads.

Today, I'll cover the facts we do know about pomegranate in relation to how it affects your skin.

Research And The Effects Of Pomegranates  

Pomegranates have been found to deliver a variety of health benefits due to its antioxidant action. They are rich in ellagic acid, which can help to prevent damage related to free radicals. As well, pomegranate seed oil contains punicic acid, an anti inflammatory ingredient that can aid cell regeneration and proliferation.  

Studies have shown that pomegranate can expedite the wound healing process. It may also help to repair sun damaged skin. It's thought that these actions are related to pomegranate's ability to extend the life of fibroblasts, cells which are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are part of the skin's supporting network, which give skin its strength, support and elasticity.

The one caveat is that many studies using pomegranate involve oral consumption and not topical application. We know that pomegranate has formidable antioxidant properties upon oral consumption and studies with topical application in animals show promise. While it's likely that studies will reveal benefits to human skin with topical application, more research is needed.  

Proven Formulations  

As you might imagine, there's no shortage of cosmetic "miracle" products that include pomegranate extract as a key selling point. Whether you decide to purchase one or not is your call. The evidence is still in early stages and while pomegranate extract will deliver antioxidant benefits, some of the other claims attached to its use do require further investigation.  

Enjoy pomegranate juice, devour the seeds (I do!) and if you want to try a product that contains pomegranate, by all means do. Understand though, that while you will be reaping some antioxidant benefits that for now it's a trendy ingredient that still needs more research to back up its claims.  

If you're looking for proven solutions, choose from ones that do have science to back them up:
[Link Removed] - 12% stabilized L-ascorbic acid can fight free radical damage, even skin tone and promote collagen production.

[Link Removed] - high potency retinol to help unclog pores, reverse sun damage and stimulate collagen production. A star anti-aging skin care ingredient.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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