Focus on Pomegranate and a Review of Weleda's Pomegranate Regenerating Handcream

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I’ve long wanted to do a review of weleda’s pomegranate hand-cream, and as winter is approaching- I know it’s still October, but in Norway the cold rains and dark mornings of late are getting more and more winterish- and so a comfort review seemed like a good idea.

My love for Weleda is ever growing. I’ve done two product reviews previously- almond-oil and skin-food, and yet again I find myself impressed by their simple yet potent product compositions, and visible effects. Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand-Cream is no exception to the "rules" of this brand.

There's a lot of skin-candy in this product, which is typical for Weleda. I'll choose to focus mostly on the absolute hero ingredient this time though, namely pomegranate.

1. Pomegranate and UV-protection: Solar radiation and consecutive damage is perhaps the most important cause of premature-skin-aging. Using sunscreens daily are priority number one in prevention here, but adding antioxidants to your diet and through skin-care products can immensely boost your protective shield. Pomegranate fruit extract is a rich source of anthocyanins, ellagitannins and hydrolyzable tannins and possesses strong antioxidant activity. Oral feeding of Pomegranate flower extract to SKH-1 hairless mice in a UVB initiation-promotion protocol resulted in reduced tumor incidence, delay in the latency period of tumor appearance, and lower tumor body burden compared to that of non-PFE-treated and UVB-irradiated control animals.

2. Pomegranate and anti-aging: Pomegranate seed oil has been attributed to inducing keratinocyte (skin-cell) proliferation, with a resulting thickening of the epidermis (uppermost layer of the skin). Some studies point to parts of the fruit being able to induce pro-collagen production, increase ceramide content, enhance the recovery of epidermal permeability barrier function after disruption by tape stripping, and hydration levels as well, all of which decrease as we age. Add that to the anti-inflammatory and UV-protective properties, and you got yourself a nice all-around-anti-ager-superstar!

3.Pomegranate and cancer prevention: In vitro studies using normal human epidermal keratinocytes (skin cells) and pomegranate flower extract, demonstrated that pomegranate flower extract incubation with cell cultures ameliorates ultraviolet A and B radiation-induced cell damage in a dose- and time-dependent manner, providing evidence at a cellular level that pomegranate flower extract may be an effective photo-chemopreventive agent.

4. Pomegranate and skin-lightening: When administered orally, pomegranate extract had been shown to inhibit UV-induced skin pigmentation on the back of brownish guinea pigs. The intensity of the skin-whitening effect was similar between guinea pigs fed with Pomegranate extract and those fed with vitamin C. Interestingly, Pomegranate extract reduced the number of DOPA-positive melanocytes in the epidermis of UV-irradiated guinea pigs, but vitamin C did not. These results suggest that the skin-whitening effect of Pomegranate extract was probably due to inhibition of the proliferation of melanocytes and melanin synthesis by tyrosinase in melanocytes.

5. Pomegranate and inflammation: A number of studies report on the anti-inflammatory properties of the anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins found in pomegranates. A study by Zafar Rasheed et al. published in the January 2009 issue of the "Journal of Inflammation" examined the effect of pomegranate on mast cells and basopils. These cells play a key role in the inflammatory process. The results showed pomegranate juice inhibits the inflammatory activity of human mast cells. Mast cells play an active role in skin-diseases such as psoriasis, rosacea and acne.

Keeping inflammation to a minimum will ensure health and disease protection, as well as a radiant and young looking face. Cold pressed pomegranate seed oil has been shown to inhibit both cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase enzymes in vitro. Cyclooxygenase, a key enzyme in the conversion of arachidonic acid to prostaglandins (important inflammatory mediators), was inhibited by 37 percent by a pomegranate seed oil extract. Lipoxygenase, which catalyzes the conversion of arachidonic acid to leukotrienes, also key mediators of inflammation, was inhibited by 75 percent by a pomegranate seed oil extract.

Personal opinion:
This is a hand cream that's more on the lighter side, lotion like almost.
Because it's so nice and light, I was able to use it throughout the summer as part of my night-time routine, and because it's truly hydrating yet oil-containing, I'm confident it'll become one of my winter hand-bag heroes for the daytime too.
It smells very, hm. natural? flowery? cinnemony? herby? I'm not the best at describing scents I see.. I think it's super nice though, if that helps.
It absorbs super fast, and leaves the skin well hydrated and smooth. After regular nightly use I've noticed a definite improvement in skin hydration, and I might even go as far as to say I think it's firming my hands! Thereby living up to it's name "Regenerating"!
I also love it for being organic, bio-dynamic, parbaben free, and free from synthetics.
I've experienced the same results with my Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body-Oil , which I put on moist skin after showering. I absolutely love that oil, it smells divine, leaves my skin moisturized, and TIGHT!
These are two products I'll definitely re-buy before winter kicks in, as you can see from the pic above, I'm running out!
Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Hand-Cream , £9.95, and Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body-Oil , £19.95 both with free delivery from feelunique.
Full Ingredient List:
Water (Aqua), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher's Broom) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Petal Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Coumarin*. * from natural essential oils
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Alternative Medicine Review Volume 13, Number 2 2008: Review Article- Therapeutic Applications of Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.): A Review

Exp Dermatol. 2010 Aug;19(8):e182-90.: Dietary compound ellagic acid alleviates skin wrinkle and inflammation induced by UV-B irradiation.
Bae JY, Choi JS, Kang SW, Lee YJ, Park J, Kang YH.
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Farrukh Afaq1* and Santosh K. Katiyar1,2*

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Mini Rev Med Chem. 2011 Dec;11(14):1200-15.: Polyphenols: skin photoprotection and inhibition of photocarcinogenesis.
Afaq F, Katiyar SK: Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA.
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Published online 2011 December 28. doi: 10.1155/2012/350125
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Jianwei Wang, 1 Xianglu Rong, 2 Irene S. I. Um, 3 Johji Yamahara, 4 and Yuhao Li 5 ,*