Not only are grapes a superfood packed with antioxidants and vitamins but their extract when applied to the skin does wonders to it. Brinda Gill tells gives you all the juicy details of this delicious fruit.
Ayurveda regards grapes as Drakshaa Phalottamaa which means that grapes are the best among all fruits! Ancient texts mention the benefits of consuming fresh and dried grapes, and their extracts. Grapes are great as food for their delicious flavours, natural sweetness and juiciness and their extract can be used for topical application as well.
Wellness from Within
“Grapes are a rich source of Vitamins C and E, antioxidants including resveratrol that’s found in the skin of red grapes, and alpha hydroxy acids”, says Dr. Neeraj Agarwal, Executive Vice President – Operations, Sula Vineyards Private Limited, Nashik. “They are a good source of energy and are easily digestible; being rich in fibres help improve digestion, which improves overall health and reflects on the skin.”
Grapes can be consumed fresh and dried. When drunk as fresh grape juice without sieving, one can imbibe the goodness present in the skin. It slows down the absorption of sugar in the system. It’s also used in grape based traditional Ayurveda tonics known as Drakshasava. Raisins or dried grapes, being rich in carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are very good for health. Grape seed oil, as the name suggests is oil extracted from the seeds of grapes, is beneficial as it is a rich source of Vitamin E and antioxidants. It has negligible or no cholesterol and trans-fats. It can be used for cooking or as a salad dressing.
“There are multiple benefits of topical application of grapes. As the fruit pulp is rich in antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids that naturally exfoliate the skin, its application is effective in skin cleansing and rejuvenation by exfoliation. It also encourages perspiration that leads to clearing off the skin pores and helps in hydrating the skin. Regular application of the pulp of grapes helps in reducing and curing acne; to even out skin tone; and to speed up the cell renewal process. The skin becomes firm and elastic, and appears fresh and glowing” says Dr. Neeraj Agarwal. Dark skinned grapes, as compared to green grapes have a higher proportion of flavonoids and antioxidants. Thus, with regard to overall wellness and skincare, red and black grapes
Grape seed oil is apt for toning, moisturizing and nourishing the skin. As it is light and non-greasy, it is easily absorbed into the skin and it does not clog the pores. Regular application also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Dr. Neeraj Agarwal, Executive Vice President – Operations, Sula Vineyards Private Limited suggests a few simple recipes using grapes for skin health.
For cleansing: Take a few grapes, crush and apply on the face. Wash off after ten minutes.
For cleansing and nourishing: Blend a few crushed grapes with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of gram flour. Add rose water as required to make a paste. Apply on the face. Gently rub and wash off after ten minutes.
For toning and nourishing: Massage grape seed oil on the face at night. Dab tissue lightly to remove excess oil.
For nourishing oily skin: Blend a teaspoon of grapeseed oil with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and apply.
For reducing dark circles: A very gentle dab of grape seed oil in the under eye area. Remove excess oil by gently touching a tissue to the skin.
For nourishing: Add a few drops of grape seed oil to your regular moisturiser for added benefits.
For nourishing and aromatherapy: Add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil to about 5ml of grape seed oil, massage on the face, and enjoy the fragrance and goodness of the blend.
Fresh fragrant flowers like jasmine can be soaked in a small quantity of grape seed oil overnight. This oil can be used for massage or a few drops can be added to bath water.
For Overall Health: Soak about 15 raisins at night. Eat them without the seeds in the morning and drink the water they have been soaked in.