Any long delivery delays are caused by The Canada Border Services Agency.
I now ONLY offer EMS as a shipping option to Canada.
This appears to have resolved most of the delays caused by The Canada Border Services Agency.
We take NO responsibility for delivery issues caused by customers entering the wrong address in the checkout page
BulkActives is a part-time business. Orders are processed and mailed on Saturdays. (TimeZone Order Deadline Chart)
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Due to Wuhan Pneumonia Virus (aka Covid-19) border restrictions and a reduction or cancellation of flights by airlines, we CAN ONLY ship to the counries listed below!
We have also been advised to expect delivery delays at your end, and yes, that INCLUDES USA customers!!!
UK customers, we are finally ABLE to ship to the UK.
We CAN ship to:
Registered Airmail and EMS:
NORTH AMERICA: USA (NOT including Hawaii and Guam), UK
ASIA: China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines
EUROPE: France, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Finland
EMS only ! (Do NOT select Registered Airmail at checkout)
NORTH AMERICA: Canada
EUROPE: Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Czech, Italy
OCEANIA: New Zealand, Australia
Registered Airmail only!
Cambodia, Spain, Austria, Slovakia, Bahrain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lithuania
IMPORTANT: If your country is NOT in the above lists, then we CANNOT ship to you at the moment.
If your country does not accept Registered Airmail, then do NOT select it from the shipping options at checkout!
Grape seed extract is produced by purifying the most beneficial components from grape seeds. Among these components, most is known about proanthocyanidins – these molecules are produced in plants by combining several smaller molecules called flavonoids. Flavonoids are known for their antioxidant capabilities, and in proanthocyanidins this effect is even stronger, exceeding vitamins C and E . This activity makes them useful in protecting all systems of the body – they reduce UV damage in skin, ethanol damage on liver, ageing damage in brain and other negative symptoms associated with oxidation. Together with several other compounds found in grapes, proanthocyanidins are very promising anticancer drugs, as they were shown to reduce the growth of diverse cancer types .
In skincare, the most important function of grape seed extract is protecting against sun damage. Solar UV is the primary cause of non-melanoma skin cancer, and it has been shown that applying grape seed extract before exposure significantly reduces the damage to cells . It is proven that proanthocyanidins are responsible for this protective action, as they enhance DNA repair in the damaged area . Similar results, leading to decreased cell death, were also found in another study . In fact, grape seed extract can even be used to treat skin cancer, as it is able to restore the genes in tumor cells to their healthy state . Similarly, melanoma cells can become less invasive, and thus less dangerous, after treatment with this extract . Application of grape seed extract on healthy volunteers’ skin, irradiated with UV, also reduced the cell damage that may lead to cancer . Furthermore, this extract inhibits the inflammatory processes that typically start after UV exposure. This also leads to reduced cancer risk .
The antioxidative abilities of flavonoids are useful not only in response to UV. Using a cream with these and other antioxidants for 21 days, significant reduction in wrinkles was observed, as well as protection from UV – this indicates potential anti-ageing effects of this extract . New research also indicates that a cream containing grape seed extracts is able to protect against infrared A radiation – no other formulation has been proven to achieve this . These effects suggest that grape seed extract would be a valuable addition to any sunscreen, since no adverse effects of this extract have been observed .
Grape seed extract also has other cosmetic benefits. In volunteers applying 2 % extract-containing cream, skin elasticity was significantly improved, together with decreased sebum secretion and melanin content (pigmentation) . Using a complex formulation with extracts from grapes and other sources, numerous skin benefits were observed, among them increased hydration, collagen content, and sebum reduction . However, the large proanthocyanidin molecules are absorbed rather slowly through skin. To enhance this process, it is advised to use this extract in high water content formulations, or apply together with hydrating agents .
Finally, wound healing process is also aided by applying this extract. Not only do the wounds heal faster, but the regenerated tissue shows better structure and larger collagen amounts . Again, 2 % was the concentration of extract that gave the best results in these experiments . Additionally, grape seed extract is known to have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is even able to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria, proving its usefulness in wound care .