Ingredient Spotlight: Pomegranate “The Paradise Fruit”

Ingredient Spotlight: Pomegranate “The Paradise Fruit”

WHAT IT IS + WHY WE LOVE IT Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a beautiful superfood that has been used for thousands of years. It originated in the Persian Empire and is still primarily cultivated in the Mediterranean, India (which we of course love!), and the Middle East. Pomegranate has been held sacred by many of the world’s major religions and nations. It has been described a paradise fruit and has been a symbol of beauty, sensuality, fertility and everlasting life. We love it for the bounty of skin-loving benefits it offers from both the inside-out and inside-in that nourish, protect, and rejuvenate. Before diving into all the benefits that pomegranate provides, no discussion would be complete without mentioning it in relation to food, especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner! It’s jewel-like seeds with its yummy sweet-tartiness will make all kinds of recipes shine! Add pomegranate to your sparkling wine for an extra special treat. This special little fruit can make the ordinary simply extraordinary. THE MANY SKIN BENEFITS OF POMEGRANATE We could go on for a really long time about the pomegranate. But, since we’re all getting into the chaos of the holidays, we just want to hit the highlights. So, grab yourself a sparkling beverage (grown-up or not!), add some pomegranate seeds, and plop down for a few minutes of all things about our little paradise fruit. Cell regeneration—pomegranates protect the skin on the surface and regenerate cells in the deepest layers. Collagen production—special compounds in pomegranates inhibit enzymes that break down collagen but also extend the life of cells that produce collagen and elastin. This helps...
We’re Having an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) Moment!

We’re Having an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) Moment!

We’re having an AHA moment! Did you know that fruit extracts are an amazing source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) along with enzymes and antioxidants? We all know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but fruits also benefit our skin in a major way when applied topically. AHAs have been around for a long time—even Cleopatra, known for her legendary beauty, supposedly used them. The story goes that she bathed in sour milk (a source of lactic acid) to keep herself looking fresh and young. In this day and age, AHAs are found in a lot of skincare products, including ours. So, what are they? Alpha Hydroxy Acids in a Nutshell Natural AHAs are compounds derived mainly from fruit and sugars. There are five main types of AHAs found in skincare products: Glycolic acid (from sugar cane) Lactic acid (from milk) Malic acid (from apples and pears) Citric acid (from oranges and lemons) Tartaric acid (from grapes) AHAs promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. They are awesome exfoliators and increase blood flow to the skin, so they help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. They are also great for reducing acne. So, if you’re like me and love having beautiful, glowing skin, you’ll want to be sure and feed your skin a healthy dose of AHAs every day! At Kudarat, we use a concentrated blend of fruit and sugar extracts that are high in naturally occurring AHAs. We put the emphasis on natural AHAs because many of the products out there that contain AHAs aren’t from a source you’d want to...

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