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Grape Appeal: One Tiny Fruit, Big Skincare Benefits

We all know to nourish our bodies with the right foods, but what about our complexions? As we prepare to do battle each day with free radicals, harsh chemicals, and UV rays, we owe it to our skin to protect it against damage with the right products—and more and more signs are pointing to grapes as a powerful line of defense. The fruit is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols—free-radical-fighting compounds found in grapevine stalks—and ultra-hydrating. Whether you use crushed grape seeds to exfoliate, grape seed extract to cleanse and moisturize, or grape seed oil to prevent wrinkles, you can't go wrong when you harness the power of purple.
  • Facial Cleanser

    Caudalie is renowned for practicing vinotherapy—the science of using polyphenols to repair skin damage—to great effect. The line’s Instant Foaming Cleanser, which contains grape, chamomile, and sage extracts, is a soap-free mousse that gently revives even the most sensitive skin. ($26, Caudalie)

  • Facial Mask

    The antioxidant polyphenol is a natural skin purifier that works to decongest and minimize the appearance of pores. Fans of Queen Helene’s Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque love it not just for these properties, but also because it’s oh so easy on their wallets. ($5.08, Amazon)

  • Hair Product

    Grape seed oil isn’t just for skin – it helps soften and moisturize dull, frizzy hair as well. Try this Grapeseed Glossing Serum from the Body Shop; apply it to damp hair to sleeken as it dries, or warm a few drops in your hands and run them through dry hair before styling, to achieve a glossy finish. ($12, Amazon)

  • Eye Cream

    Caudalie’s “elixir of youth,” Premier Cru The Eye Cream, combines polyphenols with two patented grape-derived ingredients—Resveratrol, a stabilized molecule that encourages rapid cellular renewal; and radiance-promoting Viniferine, a vine-stalk extract—to treat wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, loss of elasticity, and dehydration in the eye area. ($95, Caudalie)

  • Night Cream

    Although the primary ingredients in Murad’s Essential-C Night Moisture are vitamin C and shea butter, this cream wouldn’t be half as powerful without the grape seed extract it contains, which arms facial skin with essential antioxidant protection. Working in concert, these elements fight free radicals and help younger-looking skin emerge. ($60, Murad)

  • Body Scrub

    L’Occitane’s Crushed-Grape Polish delivers a one-two-three punch of grape seed particles, grape seed oil, and organic Provençal grape juice to slough off dead skin cells, reduce cellular waste, and leave skin thoroughly exfoliated and supple. ($34.99, Amazon)

  • Anti-aging Treatment

    MD Skincare’s Hydra-Pure Firming Serum with Chelating Complex is pricey, but its twenty-plus collagen-building ingredients guarantee it’ll deliver. The multitasking anti-aging serum combines retinol and antioxidants to minimize signs of aging, reduce acne scars, remedy cellular damage, and keep skin looking firm. ($95, Sephora)

  • Sunscreen

    Z. Bigatti’s Silk Screen ultra-light facial sunscreen is designed to feel weightless, but that doesn’t mean its ingredients don’t pack a wallop—including an abundant dose of grape seed oil to neutralize free radicals. Oil-absorbing and skin-conditioning, this high-end SPF 30 lotion blends so well, it can even serve as a base for foundation makeup. ($50, Amazon)

  • Hand Cream

    Featuring macadamia oil and grape seed extract as its two primary ingredients, Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream is a lifesaver during harsh winter weather—just a little dab’ll do ya. ($18, Bliss)

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