Punica Granatum Flower Extract.
Origin: The Pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of Southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa.
Skin benefits: Pomegranates can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia, and inflammatory activities. It is demonstrated that certain components of pomegranate such as polyphenols have potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic effects.
Research has showed the Pomegranate Flower extract inhibits MMP-1 production to prevent collagen breakdown, smoothes skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and protects skin against UV exposure. Pomegranate Flower extract’s antioxidants help decrease the incidence of age spots and wrinkles, these effects are thought to be achieved via increased cell regeneration, which is your skin’s ability to get rid of old skin cells on the surface so it can rejuvenate new ones.
The antioxidants in Pomegranate are also thought to help provide natural protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays. Solar ultraviolet radiations are the primary causes of many biological effects such as photo-ageing and skin cancer. These radiations resulted in DNA damage, protein oxidation, and matrix metalloproteinases induction. In one study, the effects of pomegranate juice, extract, and oil were examined against UVB-mediated damage. These products caused a decrease in UVB-induced protein expression and production of proinflammatory cytokines.