You're probably already downing grapes for their antioxidants and Merlot for its high levels of resveratrol -- now it's time to feed those benefits to your skin.
Grapeseed oil brings skin-healing properties to moisturizers. "Unlike other oils, which can be heavy or greasy, it's light, easily absorbed, and creates a protective layer to lock in moisture," says Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home."
DIY: Make Your Own Grapeseed Body Oil
Grapeseed oil is light, unscented, and mixes well with other oils and herbs.
Preparation: The easiest way to create your own moisturizer is to add oil to oil. Pick an essential oil with a smell you love (try lavender, rose, or orange), and mix a few drops into grapeseed oil. For a more complex formula, add herbs or citrus -- like lavender, rosemary, orange peel, or rose petals -- that you can easily dry out in a warm oven (fresh herbs and fruit will cause bacteria growth) and let sit for a few days. Shake before each use.
Buy Grapeseed Oil-Based Lotions
A few of our favorites:
1. Jergens Naturals Skin Renewing Daily Moisturizer. $7; drugstore.com
2. Aura Cacia Patchouli Sweet Orange Aromatherapy Massage Cream. $9; auracacia.com
3. SEED Grape Seed Enriched Nourishing Body Lotion. $9; seed.alice.com