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Our hero ingredients: Grapeseed extract

Our hero ingredients: Grapeseed extract
Article by: Danijela Unkovich     |     Date: February 13 , 2018

The grapeseed extract in SKIN by ecostore is packed with antioxidants, which can have powerful applications in skin health.

Behind the hero ingredients of SKIN by Ecostore is a story of sustainability. The picturesque Marlborough region at the top of the South Island of New Zealand is renowned for wine growing, particularly its world-famous Sauvignon Blanc, and the stunning Marlborough Sounds where mussel farms dot the waters. While the raw ingredients of both the hero ingredients, the marine and grape seed extract, are by-products of their respective industries, they can have fantastic applications for skin health. True to Ecostore’s philosophy on environmental sustainability, not only can our skin receive wonderful benefits through utilisation of these ingredients, but the environment is supported too. 

The grapeseed extract is sourced from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This area is world-renowned for its sauvignon blanc wine industry, and is notable for endless vineyards stretching across its plains, as far as the eye can see. The climate in Marlborough means long, hot days and cooler nights, which provides ideal conditions for growing the sauvignon blanc grape variety. The intense sunlight produces grapes with high levels of antioxidants, almost double that of grapes found elsewhere in the world, as the grapes protect themselves from the harsh sun.

As a by-product of the wine industry, the grapeseed extract is derived from the seeds of the grapes. In its raw form the extract is a coppery orange colour, which influences the off-white end-product of the SKIN by Ecostore range - this is most noticeable in the purifying cleanser, which has a lovely natural colour.

Antioxidants may have powerful applications in skin health. Free radical damage is one of the leading contributors to skin aging, and among the many possible causes of this are UV light, stress, diet, alcohol, tobacco, lack of sleep and stress, and every day air pollutants. It can cause damage to our skin, leading to wrinkles, inflammation, lines and dehydration. To counter this, antioxidants help fight free-radical damage, which can be taken in through our diet, as well as applied topically onto our skin. The antioxidant level in the grapeseed extract is 50 times stronger than Vitamin E and 20 times stronger than Vitamin C. The grapeseed extract has been shown to assist with maintaining skin hydration and increasing elasticity, all helping lead to plumper looking skin.

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