Scars are natural, and they are your body’s way of healing after an injury. But scars on your body can be totally embarrassing -- especially if they are on your face or on easy-to-see surfaces like your hands. Well, stop fretting over those scars and do something about them! Sure, there are procedures, creams and all kinds of stuff your dermatologist can give you to help scars, but there may be a more natural, cost-effective remedy -- grape seed extract!
Benefits of Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract is a natural source of proanthocyanidins (try to say that five times fast!) and flavonoids, which help to inhibit the enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics.” Grape seed extract may also be able to improve collagen and elastin production, which can help get rid of scars -- healthy collagen and elastin turnover equals faster scar healing! As an added benefit, grape seed extract helps to fight free radicals that can damage the skin while reducing inflammation, which can help to make scars less visible as they heal.
For Facial Scars
The skin on your face is more delicate than the rest of your body, and it’s what everybody sees first. To use grape seed extract on your face, you need to make a mixture specifically for your face. For this, jojoba oil is best because it is the ingredient that's closest to the oils your body makes on its own! Combine 2 ounces of jojoba oil with 20 drops of grape seed extract in a small glass bottle and gently shake the mixture to combine the ingredients before each use.
For Body Scars
Hands, feet, arms and legs are prone to scars from accidents, but they can occur in other places as well. To make a mixture that contains grape seed extract to get rid of scars on your body, you can use heavier carrier oil because you don’t have to worry about breakouts as much on your body -- the skin on your body is less susceptible than on your face. Combine 2 ounces of almond or safflower oil in a small glass bottle with 25 drops of grape seed extract. Shake the mixture gently before each application.
If you have very sensitive skin, grape seed extract, along with jojoba oil, almond oil and safflower oil, could potentially cause further irritation. Before applying a large amount of the mixture to your skin, put a very small portion on a discreet area like the back of your knee. Wait 30 minutes and check for any redness, swelling or itching. Otherwise, your scars could end up inflamed and look worse than they did before! You definitely don’t want that, do you?