The grape: some call it “sunlight held together by water.” Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs show us that the cultivation of the grape has a dramatic history and for thousands of years, human beings have cultivated this botanical berry that grows from a woody vine. It has been celebrated for its uses in raw form; jams, jellies, juices and, most especially, wine. We have long revered this magical fruit for its health benefits and are now discovering that the use of its properties externally can hold back the hands of time for aging skin.
One incredibly important health benefit of the grape is its anti oxidant power. Anti oxidants are responsible for protecting healthy cells from the damages of free radicals such as pollution, carcinogens, and UV radiation, among others. These contribute to major breakdown of healthy cells and hence enhance the aging process. One of the most potent antioxidants comes from the great grape, and it is called a polyphenol.
Once known as Vitamin P, polyphenols have been studied for their possibilities of protecting the body from cardiovascular diseases and cancers. It has only been recently however, that researchers have come across information which tells us that the use of these polyphenols on the skin can have dramatic antioxidant benefits as well.
The true leader of polyphenol use in skincare is Caudalie, the French skincare company born of the vineyards of Bordeaux. The Caudalie laboratories draw on years of research conducted by the Bordeaux University of Pharmacy focusing on the benefits of polyphenols. Caudalie’s secret lies in the laborious task of stabilizing the polyphenols from the skin of the grape seed, allowing them to penetrate the skin further, protect the skin longer, and reduce inflammation better. We now know that Caudalie’s Patented Polyphenol protects the skin from over 80% of all free radicals in the atmosphere. That’s four out of five wrinkles shielded from your skin.
We know of the skincare benefits of grape-seed oil and grape seed extract; but the polyphenol is much more. It took great dedication and time to learn the process of stabilizing such a powerful antioxidant, and thanks to Caudalie’s dedication, we are now able to put this research to use. This powerful and precious (it takes one TON of grape seeds to make one KILOGRAM of polyphenols) component is the cornerstone of Caudalie’s success, by treating millions of devoted clients world-wide. Every cream and lotion based product that Caudalie designs is packed full of these prized polyphenols, meaning that everything from Caudalie’s Nourishing Body Lotion to Lip Conditioner to Gentle Cleanser is treating the skin with unparalleled anti aging treatment. Thank you, Caudalie, and cheers to gorgeous, timeless skin!