Plucked one by one from a cluster or sipped as liquid from a glass, grapes are a nutritious and flavorful fruit. High in nutrients such as antioxidants and vitamins C and K, grapes are also beneficial ingredients in beauty and skin-care products. The seeds and oil are particularly valuable in DIY treatments, exfoliating gently and healing while hydrating.
Facial Scrubs and Cleansers
Grapeseed oil can balance dry, oily and combination skin without clogging pores, making it an effective ingredient in facial cleansers and scrubs. To make a simple cleanser, combine 1/2 teaspoon powdered milk, 1/4 teaspoon olive oil and the crushed pulp of one grape. Gently rub the mixture in a circular motion on the face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Rinse with lukewarm water. For a gentle scrub, mix 1 teaspoon white grape juice with 1/4 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon brown sugar or finely crushed grape seeds, which can be bought at health food stores and online. Massage the mixture gently onto your moistened face and neck and rinse. For a face freshener, blot your face with a cotton ball dipped in grape juice or wine, let it sit for a minute and rinse with cool water.
Toning and Moisturizing
Grapeseed oil is non-greasy, lightweight and hypoallergenic and can moisturize any skin type. Melt 1/2 cup grapeseed oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax in a double boiler. In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, 1 cup aloe vera gel and about 10 drops of an essential oil, such as almond. Transfer the melted and cooled beeswax mixture to a blender. Slowly add the aloe vera while blending on low speed. The lotion can be stored in the refrigerator in a sterilized jar for about six weeks. A 1/2 teaspoon grape juice combined with a few drops of lemon juice makes a refreshing, pore-tightening toner.
Home Body Treatments
For a spa body treatment that removes toxins and impurities while softening and revitalizing, try a wrap that combines grapeseed oil and Moor mud or French clay. Apply the thick treatment to the skin, avoiding sensitive areas, and wrap warm towels around the body. For massages, use grapeseed oil diluted with another aromatic, healing oil such as lavender or rosehip. The oil can be rubbed into smooth, heated stones, which can be massaged all over the body to help relax stress-tightened muscles.
Nourish Nails and Hair
For a quick and nourishing treatment for fingernails and toenails, cut 10 grapes in half and sprinkle the fleshy sides with granulated sugar. Rub one sugared grape half each over nails and cuticles, wipe away excess sugar and then massage a little grapeseed oil into the nails and nail beds. For an all-natural hair mask, mix 1/2 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 cup crushed, seedless grapes. Massage the mask into your hair and scalp, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. If your hair is extra dry, damaged or brittle, replace the crushed grapes with 1/3 cup grapeseed oil and leave the mask on under a shower cap for 15 minutes before rinsing. The result will be softer, shinier and more manageable locks.