The knowledge of the benefits of the grape goes back to thousands of years ago. Egyptians and Greeks consumed it in the form of wine, referring to its great healing power.
What we know today as grapeseed oil is, as the names suggests, obtained from the seeds of the grape, with a high content of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids. The oil can be obtained by cold pressing, by supercritical extraction or even by means of solvents.
Linoleic is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is essential for human metabolism. This fatty acid is considered essential because it plays a vital part in the proper functioning of the body. As for the skin, fatty acids are essential for the proper maintenance of intercellular cement. However, the body is not able to synthesize it and has to get it from the outside through food or, in the case of the skin, through a cosmetic.
Grapeseed oil, in addition to being rich in unsaturated and essential fatty acids, contains a significant amount of phytosterols, phospholipids and vitamin E, which help to repair and protect the skin. Furthermore, this oil has a light texture, making it beneficial for any type of skin.
Another aspect that highlights the grapeseed oil in the world of cosmetics is that it is especially suitable for the treatment of damaged skin. Its regenerative qualities reinforce the barrier function of the epidermis, making the skin better able to retain water. By losing less water through the stratum corneum (outer layer of the skin), it allows the skin to stay hydrated.
Of course, the antioxidant power of grape oil makes it an anti-aging ingredient (as mentioned in our previous blog). It helps prevent harmful reactions in the skin due to UV rays or environmental pollution. But beware! That does not mean that we should use oils of any kind to sunbathe (any time you are in the sun, you should always use a high quality sunblock with physical blocks like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide).
In the Olavie Chardonnay Wine Therapy range of products, we use both grapeseed extract and grapeseed oil. While the former is much more potent as an antioxidant, the latter has exceptional emollient properties that soften and soothe the skin. With these best skincare ingredients topped off with a light and refreshing aroma, we offer an anti-ageing and moisturizing regimen that also contributes to a unique experience of relaxation.
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