Grape Seed Extract in Skin Care...What You Need to Know
Grape seed extract is rich in special antioxidants called proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins are plant compounds that come from many sources including apples, pears, chocolate, wine and even tea. However, most proanthocyanidins used in skincare are extracted from grape seeds or pine bark.
According to a report from the Food Research Center in Canada, proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract contain 20 times the antioxidant power of vitamin E and 50 times the antioxidant power of vitamin C. The antioxidant power of grape seed extract fights the free radicals from the sun to protect the skin. Some studies suggest that when proanthocyanidin-rich grape seed extract is taken orally, it can protect the skin from the sun. In fact, a few studies have even shown that it may be helpful for melasma. So if you suffer from melasma, a supplement with grapeseed extract certainly won’t hurt and may, in fact, be helpful for this difficult skin condition. Keep this powerful extract in mind to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.