JUN 2017

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Page 23 of 100 • june 2017 • [ 21 ] DeVine Grapeseed Scrub Why it's a skincare all-star: The skin-boosting benefi ts of the phytonutrients found in grape seeds and their oils and extracts are impossible for spa pros to ignore. "Grape seeds are packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins D, C and E, as well as antioxidants that can protect the skin from free radical damage," notes Szilvia Hickman, owner and senior vice president of Ilike Organic Skin Care. "In addition to its amazing moisturizing eff ects, grape seed oil also has fi rming, tightening and nourishing benefi ts." As if all that weren't enough, grape seed oils and extracts boast anti-infl ammatory properties that may be useful in soothing skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, dermatitis and eczema. Some evidence suggests grape seed extract may even protect the skin from the sun's harmful rays, as well as reverse or minimize the appearance of fi ne lines and wrinkles. It's no wonder, then, that the nutrient-packed ingredient can be found in everything from antiaging serums to hair treatments to body lotions. Plus, the seeds themselves can be ground up and used as a gentle yet eff ective exfoliant. Perhaps best of all when it comes to topical skincare applications, grape seed oil has a light texture that's quickly and easily absorbed, says Hickman. "Rather than a greasy residue, it leaves a silky-smooth fi nish," she notes. "It's also considered hypoallergenic and therefore suitable even for clients with the most sensitive skin." In the treatment room: The team at GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa in Temecula, California, believes in the power of grape seed so much that the ingredient has been incorporated into the establishment's name, as well as most of its treatments. Of all the indulgent off erings, however, the GrapeSeed Renewal body scrub (50 min./$145) stands out as its biggest crowd-pleaser, says spa director Stevi Smallwood. "The scrub is a cocktail of pink Himalayan salt and crushed grape seed, which is both hydrating and great for skin tightening and antiaging benefi ts," notes Smallwood. "Guests enjoy indulging in this exfoliating treatment before a massage. They always comment on how refreshed they feel afterward!" Nichole Ramsey, regional director of operations for The Woodhouse Day Spas in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, says grape seed oil's skin-softening and moisturizing powers make it ideal for use in the Honeybee & Berries Deluxe Manicure (50 min./$50) and Pedicure (50 min./$60). "At the end of the pedicure, a massage is performed using FarmHouse Fresh's Quinsyberry Botanical Oil, which is infused with grape seed oil," notes Ramsey. "The grape seed oil plays a signifi cant role in helping to strengthen and repair damaged skin—it leaves skin glowing and hydrated but, because it absorbs completely, there's no greasy residue." The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon, features grape seeds in its signature Grape Seed Cure exfoliating treatment (90 min./$185). The luxe service begins with a crushed grape seed scrub and an organic honey and wine wrap to purify and exfoliate the skin; it's fi nished with a shea butter hydration body massage. "The treatment gently exfoliates and delivers fantastic skin benefi ts," says spa director Tara Calton. "It's the star of our menu—the most popular of all our services. Guests love it because they feel so amazing afterward." u Rhonda Allison Grape Seed Hydrating Serum Repêchage Opti-Firm Renewal Cream FarmHouse Fresh Quinsyberry Botanical Oil Éminence Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque Echo 2 Plus Liquid Minerals Ilike Organic Skin Care Grape Stem Cell Solutions Gel Mask GRAPE SEED PRODUCTS © GETTY IMAGES A Oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) are considered one of the most powerful antioxidants found in grape seeds. They're related to resveratrol, another potent antioxidant in grapes. A Grape seed extract may have heart-health benefi ts, including lowering systolic blood pressure and heart rate. A The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is supporting preliminary research on grape seed extract for Alzheimer's disease, and The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is supporting preliminary studies on grape seed extract for preventing prostate, lung and colon cancer. QUICK FACTS

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