Ingredient Spotlight: Vitis Vinifera AKA Grape Seed Extract
"Some of the magic that goes into our products is how we formulate it. We didn't come up with the idea and say 'what can we throw in it so we have a bunch of copy and things to talk about', we said 'what don't we need?' What are the essential ingredients, what really works and get rid of everything else. No puffery... all steak and no sizzle if you will." - Kort Pearson, Oxygenetix Co-Founder & CEO
Oxygenetix formulas have changed the game for those wearing makeup everyday and others wanting to camouflage after skin procedures. The ingredients chosen in the award-winning formulations all serve a unique and important purpose.
One ingredient that is in all Oxygenetix products is vitis vinifera seed extract, commonly known as grape seed extract. It is rich in antioxidants and has several potential skincare benefits. Here are some of them.
Grape seed extract is abundant in antioxidants, such as proanthocyanidins, which can help neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells and contribute to premature aging. Antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting the skin from oxidative stress.
Promotes Youthful Skin
The antioxidant properties of grape seed extract may help combat signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. By neutralizing free radicals, it supports the skin's natural ability to maintain collagen and elastin, essential proteins that contribute to skin elasticity and firmness.
UV Radiation Protection
Some studies suggest that grape seed extract may have photoprotective properties, helping to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation. While it's not a substitute for sunscreen, incorporating antioxidants like grape seed extract into skincare may provide additional support against environmental damage.
Grape seed extract has anti-inflammatory properties that may help soothe and calm the skin. This can be beneficial for individuals with sensitive or irritated skin, as it may contribute to reducing redness and inflammation. This makes it a great ingredient for post-procedure skin as well that may be red and inflamed.
The extract contains fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, which can contribute to the skin's hydration. Incorporating grape seed extract into skincare formulations may help maintain the skin's moisture barrier and prevent dehydration.
Brightening and Even Skin Tone
Grape seed extract may have skin-brightening effects. It may help reduce the appearance of dark spots and promote a more even skin tone, contributing to a brighter complexion.
Wound Healing Support
Grape seed extract has been studied for its potential to support wound healing. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties may aid in the repair and regeneration of skin tissues.
"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 Medical News Today.
The extract may promote collagen synthesis, contributing to the skin's structural integrity. This is particularly relevant for maintaining skin elasticity and resilience.