Going Grape: Nature’s Most Powerful Beauty Ingredient


We’ve told you that you are what you eat, but the foods you ingest can be just as effective in your beauty products. Take the humble grape. Perfect in a fruit salad, delightful with a piece of brie, even better when turned into wine, the fruit also contains some of the highest amounts of antioxidants in the plant world. And do you know what that means? Better skin for you! French brand Caudalie made this discovery in 1995, which led to the creation of a slew of must-have, incredibly popular products. Their latest endeavor—Divine Oil—is an all-over body oil that combines grape extracts with some beautiful extras: Think argan oil, hibiscus oil, sesame oil, and shea butter. It can be used on your body, in your hair, on your nails, and as a facial treatment. And besides its good-for-you properties, the scent is divine.

And it seems the actual grape isn’t the only antioxidant-filled part of the plant. Molton Brown’s new Ambrusca Body Hydra-Tone is a lotion derived from a grape leaf. Because the antioxidant count in grapes is so high, it means higher cell turnover, fewer free radicals, and clearer, brighter, more hydrated skin. Bite Beauty is another fan of the vine—all of their edible lip products contain resveratrol, which is an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, and the reason why red wine is so good for you!

So if you haven’t already, put ‘grapes’ down on your shopping list, make a DIY grape face mask, and pick up some products that include grape extract in the ingredient list. It’s time to get fruity! 

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