As the weather warms up, it’s time to get our skin ready to receive lashings of sunshine. That means increasing the percentage of antioxidant-rich ingredients in our skincare - and for me, Vinanza Grape is always at the top of the list. Antipodes was one of the first beauty brands in the world to harness this powerful extract in anti-aging skincare, sourced from our own backyard here in New Zealand. But what exactly is Vinanza Grape – and how does it benefit the skin?
What is Vinanza Grape?
Vinanza Grape is a revolutionary antioxidant extract, which is sustainably sourced from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds. Grapes are already one of the best natural sources of antioxidants, containing biochemicals that fight free radicals in the body - but these grapes are particularly special.
A sustainable skincare ingredient
The extract is a by-product of grapes that are grown for making wine, which means none of the grape goes to waste. The seeds are extracted via an environmentally friendly process that uses cold water, rather than harsh chemicals or solvents. That means there is minimal waste, and the bioactivity of the grapes stays intact – which we can see from the extract’s impressive clinical results. The final product is freeze-dried and ground into a fine powder before making its way into Antipodes skincare products.
How do antioxidants benefit the skin?
If you’ve ever seen a piece of fruit turn brown, you already know the importance of antioxidants. Oxidisation is what happens within your skin cells when they’re exposed to molecules called free radicals. Your body has ways of keeping free radicals in check, but free radical activity increases when your skin is exposed to environmental pollutants, UV rays, and other external aggressors. Minimising free radical damage is the best thing you can do for youthful-looking skin, because oxidisation can slowly damage your skin’s surface – leading to fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, pigmentation, and a host of other skin concerns.
Enter antioxidants. Produced by your body and present in a wide range of foods, antioxidants help to defend skin against oxidative stress by helping to neutralise free radical damage. Vinanza Grape is rich in skin-saving antioxidants, which makes it perfect for use in anti-aging skincare.
What makes Vinanza Grape special?
It’s the special New Zealand location that elevates the potency of these grapes to such high levels. They’re grown in the Marlborough region of the South Island, on the award-winning Yealands vineyards. The area benefits from plenty of sunshine, high UV rates, cool nights, fertile soil, and low rainfall – the perfect conditions for antioxidant-rich grapes to flourish. In response to the harsh climate, the grapes develop unusually high levels of polyphenolic antioxidants - among the highest of any grape grown in the world.
Why is Vinanza Grape so good for our skin?
Thanks to its high antioxidant activity, Vinanza Grape has strong clinical results showing its ability to address the signs of aging. Independent testing has shown that Vinanza Grape not only has high antioxidant levels from grape seeds, but it can help to improve elasticity and firmness in the skin by up to 16%.
The rest of the Vinanza family
Vinanza Grape is the key element in a whole family of antioxidant-rich extracts. The Vinanza range has been shown to help:
- improve elasticity and firmness in the skin
- reduce the appearance of redness
- brighten skin
- diminish the appearance of age spots
- minimise the effects of oxidative stress
Build your routine with these powerful extracts to harness antioxidant benefits for skin.
Vinanza Grape & Kiwi
Vinanza Grape is combined with extract of New Zealand kiwifruit skin to create this powerful brightening compound. Clinical tests have shown Vinanza Grape & Kiwi to effectively improve the skin’s appearance by targeting pigmentation and decreasing trans-epidermal water loss, leaving skin bright and hydrated.
Vinanza Oxifend Plus
A superfruit complex created from New Zealand-grown boysenberries, blackcurrants, kiwifruit, and Vinanza Grape, this ultra antioxidant-rich extract helps defend skin from oxidative stress thanks to its superior antioxidant activity.
Sourced from the skins of sustainably harvested New Zealand pinot noir red grapes, those with sensitive skin should look for Vinanza Oxifend in their skincare. Clinically shown to help reduce skin redness and inflammation, its potent antioxidant action helps skin at a calm and happy baseline.
So what’s the best way to incorporate Vinanza Grape into our daily routine?
AM to PM skincare ritual with Vinanza Grape
This gorgeous vegan cleanser is my go-to when my skin is feeling irritated. It contains organic avocado oil, which nourishes the skin while removing makeup, and soothing Vinanza Oxifend. The result? Skin that is cleansed and calm.
Serums are like superfood drinks for your skin, and a water-based serum like this one is no exception. Worship utilises Vinanza Oxifend Plus to help fortify the skin against environmental pollutants, which can damage skin and lead to signs of early aging – so it’s definitely one to have on your shelf if you are at all concerned about fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Vitamin C serum
I’m a big advocate for layering serums to address multiple skin concerns, so after using a water-based formula I follow this with a gel or oil. Glow Ritual is new to my rotation and perfect to get skin glowing for the warmer months. Joining Vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum we have Vinanza Grape & Kiwi, helping to instantly illuminate skin while brightening over time.
When antioxidant-rich ingredients can work ingredients that are rich in omegas and essential fatty acids, you have a dream cream on your hands (or should I say, face!) Vanilla Pod is one of those true anti-aging creams because it has rosehip oil, rich in essential fatty acids. It works with Vinanza Grape to help soften and smooth the appearance of fine lines, age spots and scars.
I call this the Holy Grail of anti-aging night creams – and with robust scientific validation behind it, it’s clear why. This ultra-rich moisturiser is scientifically shown to stimulate Type 1 collagen production in human fibroblast skin cells by up to 92%! It contains all the ingredients I love: antioxidant-rich Vinanza Grape, nourishing manuka honey, and the star of the show - nutrient-rich avocado oil. I massage it into my skin right before bed, using generous amounts to really drench the skin in nutrients – I'm not going anywhere for at least eight hours, after all.