Pomega5 is a natural skincare range that is big on pomegranate seeds because they yield a unique unique essential fatty acid, Omega 5, and its latest anti-aging moisturizer, Grenade Anti Rides Nourishing Cream (1.7 oz/$145), features it front and center along with other Omega-bearing fruits. I have been testing it for a few weeks and find it to be a richly nourishing and hydrating cream.

Grenade, at least as far as my skin goes, would be more suited to dry, cold weather than New York’s humid summer days. My skin is a little on the oily side, but I am sure that drier skins would thirstily drink this up.

Pomegranate is a rare botanical source of Conjugated Linolenic Acid (CLnA). Which is just as well as it is otherwise found in beef (from grass-fed cows), and kangaroo is apparently a particularly good source too (neither of which really lend themselves to skincare formulation). It is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that gives pomegranate well-deserved superfruit status.

Omegas, less rare than Omega 5 but nonetheless important, are also in raspberry. While Omegas 3, 6 and 9 are in cranberry and carrot is a good source of Omega 9.  Other useful ingredients include gluconolactone, a free radical scavenger that can provide protection against UV radiation. Inula Britanica (British yellowhead) is an extract that we should see more of as it is rich in antioxidant flavonoids and there is plenty of research to back it up. Witch hazel is a favorite ingredient of mine that can constrict blood vessels and is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

There’s hardly anything to dislike in this all-natural product except for the preservative sodium benzoate, which may be carcinogenic if it interacts with vitamin C, linalool (a cell killer, according to research), and the scent (which made me think of popcorn) might be an acquired taste.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin (Vegetable Glycerin), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate/Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Based Emulsifiers), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Water, Cetyl Palmitate/Sorbitan Palmitate/Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Oil Based Emulsifiers), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ceratonia Siliqua (Locust Bean) Gum, Inula Britannica (British Yellowhead) Flower Extract, Sucrose, Gluconolactone, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Flower Oil, Verbena Officinalis (Vervain) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*