The skin-boosting benefits of the phytonutrients found in grap seeds and their oils and extracts are impossible for spa pros to ignore. "Grape seeds are packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins D, C, and E, as well as antioxidants that can protect the skin from free radical damage." notes Szilvia Hickman, owner and senior vice president of ilike Organic Skin Care. "In addition to its amazing moisturizing effects, grape seed oil also has firming, tightening and nourishing benefits."
As if all that weren't enough, grape seed oils and extracts boast anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful in soothing skin conditions such as rosacea, ance, dermatitis and eczema. Some evidence suggests grape seed extract may even protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays, as well as reverse or minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's no wonder then, that the nutrient-packed ingredient can be found in everything from antiaging serums to hair treatments to body lotions. Plus, the seeds themselves can be ground up and used as a gentle yet effective exfoliant.
Perhaps best of all when it comes to topical skincare applications, grape seed oil has a light texture that's quickly and easily absorbed, says Hickman. "Rather than a greasy residue, it leaves a silky-smooth finish," she notes. "It's also considered hypoallergenic and therefore suitable even for clients with the most sensitive skin."
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