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Sep 26, 2016
by Vivant Skin Care
When the space colonization begins, they’d better be packing large quantities of grapes seeds because a world without this prolific source of skin care benefits (not to mention the wine) is not one we want to live in.
We’re guessing the atmosphere on Mars has got to be tough on skin, but here and now, we’ve got our own environmental stressors to worry about, like UV radiation and pollution. These are the things that fire up the free radicals in your skin responsible for premature aging, skin cancer and cell death. Grape seed oil is a key to fighting off these harmful effects.
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger, grape seed oil has a laundry list of additional benefits, which add up to make it one our favorite skin care ingredients.
Natural and Nutrient Rich
Grape seed oil is a natural and sustainable by-product of winemaking pressed from red-wine grape seeds. These little vessels of vitality deliver a product that is rich in beta-carotene and vitamins D, C, and E, along with rejuvenating essential fatty acids and polyphenols. Celebs like Megan Fox and Emma Stone swear by it for keeping their skin soft, smooth and radiant without irritation.
Promotes Supple, Smooth Skin
The fatty acids in grape seed oil—palmitic, stearic and linoleic—improve hydration and elasticity and strengthen the skin barrier for an overall healthier, smoother complexion. Linoleic acid in particular, has been shown to significantly improve cellular structure and metabolism to accelerate skin’s ability to repair and fight off signs of aging.
The Acid Effect
The palmatic, stearic acids in grape seed oil all occur naturally in the body and decrease with age. Linoleic acid cannot be produced by the body. A deficiency in any of these natural acids leads to hair loss, a disruption to the skin barrier, and dry, flaky skin. All three are essential to skin health and all three are contained in grape seed oil.
Collagen and Elastin Booster
High levels of the flavonoids oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) protect and replenish collagen and elastin by blocking elastase (the enzyme that breaks down protein) and stimulating new collagen growth. These flavonoids also neutralize free radicals to reduce the effects of photoaging, making grape seed oil a potent anti-aging agent.
Fights Dark Circles
The proanthocyanidins in grape seed oil are great cell proliferators, increasing cell density and stimulating improved vascular health, which means a thickening of the skin and brighter appearance. This is particularly valuable for the thinner skin of the eye area.
Non-Comedogenic for Acne
With anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, grape seed oil is a good ally in targeting acne. It also has a mildly astringent quality, which helps clear and refine pores to keep impactions and pimples from forming.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory effects, which are beneficial to relieving rosacea, grape seed oil’s proanthocyanidins trigger the release of vascular endothelial growth factor to refine pores.
A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology concluded that grape seed oil acts to enhance dermal penetration making it an excellent carrier for delivering additional active ingredients into the skin.
Cleansing Milk is formulated with grape seed oil and glycerin in an exceptionally gentle wash perfect for sensitive, dry or rosacea-affected skin.
Allantoin Sedating and Hydrating Lotion calms and moisturizes dry, irritated or inflamed skin with a blend of grape seed oil, regenerative allantoin (derived from the comfrey plant), oat protein, aloe and zinc peptides.
Marine Skin Nourishing Cream combines grape seed oil with bioactive marine minerals and proteins for exceptionally rich antioxidant moisturizing.
Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream gets its unparalleled ability to lift, firm, plump and brighten the delicate area around the eye from a unique formulation that includes grape seed oil, vitamin A propionate, kojic acid, peptides, and caffeine.
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