Skin Care

By Patricia Wersinger

We have all heard about the “French Paradox”, the report on people in France who consume diets heavy in saturated fat, yet seem to suffer virtually no heart disease thanks to the benefits of drinking French red wine. Research has brought out that anti oxidants such as polyphenols, resveratrol and peptides in grape seed are also beneficial to fight signs of aging in the skin. These antioxidants have been proven to be more powerful than vitamin E and vitamin C in protecting the skin.

Caudalie, Merlot Skin Care and Delaney Wellness have harnessed the properties of grape seed into their formulas to maximize anti-aging properties.

Originating in the heart of French Bordeaux vineyards, Caudalie was established in 1995 by a young couple in collaboration with a polyphenols specialist after he discovered that procyanidolic oligomers extracted from grape seeds were extremely effective at fighting free radicals. Further research established the benefits of resveratrol, extracted from grapevine stalks in helping cell regeneration and viniferine extracted from grapevine sap at reducing dark spots and stimulating skin radiance. Caudalie’s latest product Premier Cru includes all the benefits of these discoveries including tetra peptides and hyaluronic acid. Containing only exclusive, environmentally friendly ingredients, it is the equivalent in skin care to the best French Bordeaux wines. My experience of Premier Cru is that it comforts and revitalizes the skin immediately making it feel truly elastic and radiant. I’ll drink to that!

Available: http://www.caudalie.com

Delaney vineyards are a wine company that produces some of best wines in Texas. Yes, Texas. That success enticed the owners to develop a luxurious skincare line based on the properties of antioxidants including resveratrol, polyphenols and peptides. I especially love the combination of the grape seed based Anti-Oxidant Serum and Anti Aging Moisturizer that instantly give a deep sensation of effective moisturizing paired with a subtle pearl like luminosity. The serum is able to bind moisture into the stratum corneum of the dermis. It also includes glycolic and hyaluronic acids and other plant derived ingredients rich in anti oxidant properties such as green tea and acai berry.

Available: http://www.delaneywellness.com

Merlot Skin Care founded by Wayne Beckley is a drug store brand and lower priced, but don’t worry, it’s no two buck Chuck. While including grape seed rich in anti oxidants and polyphenols, it mixes in glycerin, cocoa seed butter, shea butter, jojoba seed oil and aloe vera extracts. The benefits of this line are its unctuosity and ease of absorbency. I am very fond of the cleansing, toning and moisturizing trio that do the job very gently leaving the skin unusually soft, moist and balanced. The Moonlight Radiance Night Cream is especially terrific in the cold weather as it goes deep within to build a protective shield. The collection also includes a Neck Firming Cream, Chin Up that keeps that area moist and a wonderful Body Butter that just melts right into the skin.

Available: Duane Reade and http://www.merlotskincare.com

The benefits of the seeds skins, and twigs of red grapes are unique and becoming better known. More and more cosmetic lines include some grape derived anti oxidants for their effectiveness at preserving the health and beauty of the skin. Drinking red wine moderately and putting grape derived moisturizers on to your skin go in tandem for many to keep healthy, wise and beautiful. Sante!

Originally published April 2013
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