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Pomegranate Seed Oil Benefits For Skin, Plus Expert Tips

Updated on June 13, 2024
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The wonderful world of plant oils feels neverending. From the basic olive and sesame to the more complex sunflower seed and flax, different plant oils offer their own unique benefits depending on how you use them. Pomegranate seed oil is no different.

Why Pomegranate Seed Oil?

Woman applying face cream with pomegranate seed oil

This cold-pressed oil comes directly from the seeds of pomegranate fruit and is packed with natural ways to rejuvenate your body. Its emollient properties are ideal for healthy skin, and its vitamins and acids help relieve everything from dandruff to inflammation.

But what are some of the key elements in pomegranate seed oil that make it so perfect for you and your little one’s hair and skin? Let’s take a look!

Punicic Acid

Punicic acid helps increase the body’s resilience after inflammation. It’s also great for soothing muscle pain, reducing swelling, and rejuvenating damaged hair.

Oleic Acids (Omega 9) And Linoleic Acids (Omega 6)

If you’re dealing with hair or skin dryness, oleic acid can help. It maintains your skin’s softness and hair’s radiance. It stimulates hair growth, reduces premature wrinkles, and clears dandruff to support healthy hair growth.

Like oleic acid, linoleic acid promotes hair growth and moisturizes skin, but it also contains healing properties for wounds and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

The combination of these — as well as antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin C — is part of what gives pomegranate seed oil its status as an anti-aging solution.

Palmitic Acid And Stearic Acid

While palmitic acid prevents hair from becoming greasy, stearic acid removes sweat and dirt from hair and skin to add shine. These damage-reducing properties help maintain the luster of hair and softness of skin to keep you looking radiant all day long!


Sun damage on your skin can be a pain to get rid of, and some treatments end up not even working.

The phytosterols in pomegranate seed oil relieve sun damage and promote skin to grow back stronger as it aids in healing your body. Plus, its immunity-boosting properties help scars progressively disappear.

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Pomegranate Seed Oil Benefits

Now that you know how pomegranate seed oil works to liven your hair and skin, you can use it to benefit your specific needs. Below are just a few of the many ways that adding pomegranate seed oil to your daily routine can improve your well-being.

Makes For Longer, Stronger Hair

The first and most obvious benefit of pomegranate seed oil is its hair-strengthening properties. And the best part is it works on all hair types!

Whether you’re looking to refresh hair that’s curly or straight or you’re trying to help your little one’s hair grow, this oil works wonders.

By eliminating dandruff, stimulating blood circulation to the scalp, and preventing follicle damage, pomegranate seed oil promotes the growth of longer, healthier hair.

Fights Against Skin Conditions

From children to adults, anyone can be a target of dermatological conditions.

Pomegranate seed oil can help by hydrating skin and soothing inflammation and redness, especially if your baby is one of 20% of infants that have eczema-prone skin. It’s also known to fight psoriasis in the same way.
Through the perfect combination of hydration, healing, and the creation of stronger skin, pomegranate seed oil keeps dry skin from getting the best of you!

Woman cleaning her face with wipes that have pomegranate seed oil

Helps Treat And Reduce Acne

The vitamin C in pomegranate seed oil contains antimicrobials that clean bacteria from the skin. Since it is also proven not to clog pores, it makes the oil an ideal way to naturally keep acne at bay.

For anyone who has fought a long battle with acne, you’re not alone! And once it’s kept under control, the scars that come with it create a new and often even more challenging obstacle.

Treating or preventing these (or any) scars can come with a lot of questions and uncertainty. Pomegranate seed oil performs double duty in this way. It not only nourishes the skin, but it heals scarring and blemishes as well.

Whether it’s a preventative measure for you or a means of treating your little one, pomegranate seed oil makes the battle against blemishes easier.

Protects From The Sun

Since pomegranate seed oil is known to treat irritation and heal burns, it only makes sense that this cold-pressed wonder is terrific for UV protection.

A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Advanced Research in Biological Sciences showed this to be the case, with pomegranate seed oil’s SPF ranking above all other plant seed oils studied.

Although the oil has proven to be beneficial against UV rays, it’s not as effective as your traditional SPF. Professionals recommend using pomegranate seed oil on top of a good sunscreen, like our bestselling SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Spray, for the best results.

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Expert Tips For Using Pomegranate Seed Oil

With so many ways to make the most of this amazing oil, using it in the right ways can make all the difference!

Create A Hair Rejuvenation Mixture

To reap the hair-nourishing benefits of pomegranate seed oil, try combining it with coconut or jojoba oil, and then leave it in for an hour or overnight for the best results. (Be sure to rinse thoroughly.)

Alternatively, you can also mix it with your shampoo or use it as a hot oil treatment.

Cook With The Oil

Edible pomegranate seed oil is a quick and easy way to add its benefits directly into your diet. However, be aware that not all oils are made equal. Options of an edible grade will be clearly marked on the bottle.

Once you’ve found the right oil to cook with, the internal benefits are as great as the external! Pomegranate seed oil can help fight diabetes and even promote weight loss. If using it as a frying oil, make sure to add a slightly smaller ratio than you would of olive or sesame oil.

You can also add a few drops of the oil to a glass of water and drink it as-is. Again, make sure the label states clearly that the oil is suitable for consumption.

Use It As Facial Or Body Oil

Since punicic acid in pomegranate seed oil slows the aging of skin cells, using it as a face cleanser can visibly reduce signs of aging. Simply put a few drops on your palm before bed, massage onto your face, and wash it off in the morning.

To use it as a body oil, rub a few drops on scars, blemishes, or other target areas, and let your skin absorb the vitamins to lead you toward smoother, softer skin.

Reaping The Benefits Of Pomegranate Seed Oil

Person picking up a handful of pomegranate seeds

As more plant oil options become available for their unique remedies, pomegranate seed oil stands out among the rest.

Its long list of hair and skin care capabilities and healing properties make it a go-to oil for anyone looking for a natural way to heal scars, reduce skin inflammation, and care for your hair.

If you’re looking for the right products to mix pomegranate seed oil with, we offer the perfect variety for all hair and skin types. For eczema and irritation, try our Stelatopia line to hydrate skin and relieve discomfort.

To better protect you and your little one from the sun’s harmful rays, mix a few drops of pomegranate seed oil with our bestselling SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Spray, and have fun in the sun without a worry in the world.

And whether it’s an exfoliating foam shampoo for newborns or a tear-free shampoo, your little one will love the scents and suds of our clean, always natural products.

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