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Vitis Vinifera

* An antioxidant

* Grape seed extract

Functions:

Vitis Vinifera is the technical name for grape seed extract, which is used in cosmetics and personal care products because of its natural antioxidant properties. Vitis Vinifera has been traditionally used as a wound healer and anti-inflammatory, dating back to European folk healers (Wikipedia). It is now used for its numerous properties that are thought to be beneficial, including as an anti-dandruff, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antioxidant, and UV absorber ingredient, and is therefore seen in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products.

According to Lush, a UK-based cosmetics company, Vitis Vinifera can not only help condition and treat the skin, but also acts as a natural preservative. It also contains malic acid, which is considered an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid); "AHA ingredients in cosmetics help exfoliate the top layers of skin, promote moisture restoration, help penetration of other ingredients. These actions will help correct discolouration and improve skin’s texture in general." Although AHAs can exfoliate the top layer of the skin, making it more susceptible to UV damage, Vitis Vinifera is thought to have built in UV absorbers that would negate this harmful side effect (alibaba.com).

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Vitis Vinifera is considered a low hazard ingredient by the Cosmetics Database. The EWG only notes data gaps as a concern, and this ingredient is FDA approved for general use. No studies were found that listed negative side effects resulting from the topical use of Vitis Vinifera; however, any AHA should be used in conjunction with sunscreen, as explained in the FDA's warning about the effects of AHAs and sunburns.

Recommended Products w/ Vitis Vinifera:

Dermophisiologique Polivalente Hydraviso Face Cream with SPF 8, Mbeze Natural Deodorette and Dabber Dust, Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer, Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Pomade, Osmotics Renovage Eye Cream, Chella’s Hydrating Face and Body Lotion, Sophytos Polyphenol Skin Drops, Suki Intensive Complexion Brightening Cream, Organic Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk, Jurlique’s Biodynamic Beauty Refining Treatment, Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum, Neova Advanced Lift Eye Gelee, Juice Beauty’s Oil Free Moisturizer, Tarte Cheek StainsJuice Organics Sulfate and Paraben-Free Shampoo and Conditioners
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