Spotlight On: NZ Grapeseed Extract

Grapeseed extract is becoming increasingly popular for its positive effects including anti-ageing, acne reduction and overall health benefits.

They say a glass of red wine at night is good for your health (and soul!) and it turns out there might just be real merit in it…when it comes to grape seed extract that is.

Grape seed extract is derived from the ground-up seeds of red wine grapes and has long been used throughout history in Europe to treat a number of issues, including cardiovascular conditions. However, it’s only in the last few years that its gained real traction in the beauty and wellness space thanks to scientific research.

There are many diverse benefits of this grape by-product, which is why you’ll find New Zealand grape seed extract in our re.vive supplement! Below we delve into its all-encompassing benefits…

Why take grape seed extract?

Grape seed extract is best known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. These properties, along with the high amounts of omega chain fatty acids and vitamin E contained in grapeseed oil, have made it an effective topical treatment for skin but it does more than just touch the surface.

The benefits

Supports collagen production

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: collagen is the key to youthful skin. Numerous studies have shown that grapeseed can help repair collagen networks, as well as boost production. Collagen is what keeps our skin firm and supple, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Protects against cellular damage and free radicals

The antioxidants in this lightweight oil, like vitamin C and vitamin E, help to shield against pollution and UV free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable atoms that damage cells and accelerate the ageing process. What’s more is the oil contains polyphenols, which help fight premature aging and reverse signs such as sun spots and wrinkles.

Hydrates skin

Bursting with fatty acids and vitamin E, which is renowned for its moisturising properties, grape seed extract is an effective skin hydrator – in fact you’ll often spot it in expensive eye creams for this reason.  

Controls acne

Grapeseed contains high levels of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that can help manage acne by decreasing clogged pores. “Acne-prone skin has been found to be deficient in linoleic acid, making the sebum thick and sticky, leading to clogged pores,” explains board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Bard to Prevention. It’s also anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, further fuelling the fight against breakouts – double win!

Reduces redness

Its high linoleic acid content fortifies the skin’s barrier helping to reduce water loss which calms inflamed skin.

Fades scars

Grapeseed oil contains powerful antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids that work together to fade dark spots and lighten scars. Studies have shown that it can help speed up the healing process and decrease the formation of firm, raised scars called keloid scars.

Improves uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation 

The jack-of-all trades ingredient is often used in ingredients specially formulated for uneven skin tone and pigmentation. When used consistently, it’s been found to lessen the prominence of pigmentation while also improving overall skin tone and texture.

Accelerates wound healing

Grape seed extract has the potential to increase the speed that wounds heal. A study, published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, applied proanthocyanidin extract onto wounds on the backs of mice. They found that the mice treated with this solution had quicker healing times.

According to the researchers they “provided firm evidence to support that topical application of GSPE [Grape seed proanthocyanidin extract] represents a feasible and productive approach to support dermal wound healing.”

Supports bone, brain and eye health

 Skin aside, grape seed extract is also an effective overall health supplement. Several studies have linked grape seed consumption to increase bone density and joint mobility. High in flavonoids, grape seed is also thought to support the brain as it ages, reducing the onset of neurodegernative diseases like Alzheimer’s. More recently, grape seed has caught the interested of scientists for its positive effects on visual health, particularly when it comes to improving night vision and preventing macular degeneration.

Assists with blood circulation and pressure

Research has found that grape seed extract may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. It has been shown to strengthen capillaries, arteries and veins, reducing the risk of clotting making it particularly beneficial to those with circulatory issues. Another review of 810 people with high blood pressure or an elevated risk of it found that taking 100–2,000 mg of grape seed extract daily significantly reduced blood pressure.

It’s multipurpose

In case you haven’t gathered by now, grapeseed can help to improve a variety of skin and health concerns so if you’re looking to streamline your beauty routine consider making the switch to revive.