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The Power of English Grapes

Updated: Dec 13, 2018

Red Grapes are being converted into incredible Anti-Aging Skin care products.

Superstar Ingredient

Resveratrol is extracted from the skins of Red Grapes. It is extracted from the skins of English Grapes - Pinot Noir Grapes.

We are creating our own Skin care Brand using the Grapes from our own Vineyard, here at Kenton Park Estate.

It is a fantastic way to ensure there is no waste from the Wine making process and that the Grapes are not only making Wine but they are also making an incredible beauty product.

What is Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a natural polyphenol, a compound produced by plants that has potent anti-oxidant effects and other health benefits. It can be found in the skin of Grapes, Berries and in Peanuts and Red Wine. Its main function is to protect the plants from environmental harms, such as UV light, infections and toxins.

There is a lot of research going on regarding the potential health benefits from Resveratrol, which include reducing inflammation, lowering bad cholesterol, preventing heart diseases, as well as the anti-aging effects that Resveratrol has on our health and in our skin care.

According to initial research, this powerful antioxidant can help protect the skin’s surface, it interrupts and helps rebuff negative environmental influences and brightens a tired-looking complexion. It also has significant skin-calming properties that may help minimize the look of redness.

There is already a fairly big cult following of Resveratrol in the beauty industry.

Grape Seed Oil

Grape Seed Oil is extracted from the seeds of Grapes, which actually might be one of the healthiest parts of the fruit (along with its skin). It has antioxidant properties, healthy fatty acids, polyphenols, and vitamins, and is a great moisturiser.

Grape Seed Extracts

Grape Seed Extract is derived from the grounded seeds of Red Wine Grapes and contains powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage from free radicals.

The anti-aging skincare line derived from Wine Grapes

A French family transformed the by-product of their winemaking business into one of the world's top skincare lines!

That was the brainwave of Frenchwoman Mathilde Thomas, whose family owns an organic vineyard in Bordeaux. Twenty years ago, Mathilde was hosting a group of scientists who were attending a conference at the Vineyard, and one of the Scientist, Joseph Vercauteren, the Director of the Pharmacognosy Lab at the University of Montpellier, made a comment that really made Mathilde think. “He loved the wine,” says Mathilde, “but said it was a shame I was throwing out the most interesting part of the fruit.” He was referring to the grape seeds — and specifically polyphenol, the powerful antioxident that helps ward off free radical damage of the skin, found within.

After two years of development with Jospeh Vercauteren, Mathilde and her husband, Bertrand, founded Caudalie, a skincare line built around stabilised grape polyphenols and made with 80 to 100 percent natural ingredients. “First and foremost, I wanted our products to be problem solvers and for them to by the most effective in the world,” says Malthide. “But I didn’t want all those nasties — parabens, phthalates, sulphates, mineral oils or animal ingredients.”


Today, Caudalie is carried in virtually all pharmacies across Europe (the Vinoperfect Serum is a best seller). The brand launched at Jean Coutu drugstores in Quebec 10 years ago, then expanded into the rest of Canada with the opening of Sephora (it’s currently the fourth-best selling skincare brand at the Beauty Emporium).

As the brand grew, Caudalie continued to work with Joseph Vercauteren (who is now the Scientific Advisor for Caudalie’s Research Centre) to secure three worldwide patents on its skincare products. Malthide’s latest partnership is with Dr. David Sinclair, a Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. His research is focused on delaying and reversing disease and the age-defying (even reversing) effects of Resveratrol, the other powerful compound found in grapes.

His wife, Sandra Luikenhuis, is an avid user of Caudalie products and introduced him to the brand and the possibility of collaborating.

Since then, Harvard Medical School and Caudalie have jointly patented two star ingredients: Vine Resveratrol (which helps protect collagen and maintain firmness) and micro-hyaluronic acid (which plumps skin and reduces lines), both of which are found in their latest anti-aging creams. The results are so impressive that the brand has called this line its “natural and effective face lift.”

Not bad for a little Red Grape. Cheers!


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