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Merlot Skin Care’s Business Boom

By: Leslie Benson
Posted: August 5, 2008, from the August 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.
Wayne Beckley, founder and president of Merlot Skin Care

Wayne Beckley, founder and president of Merlot Skin Care

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Wayne Beckley: We use only grape seeds from red grapes. The seeds are cold pressed, and the oils are extracted. We make sure the oils are not subjected to light and heat, which would turn them rancid. Various peptides are used to help maintain a pH level of between 6.2-7.2, which then makes the product very stable.

GCI: Which areas of the face and/or body seem to benefit the most and react most positively to products made with grape seed extracts? What do you attribute this to?

Wayne Beckley: All areas of the body will benefit. However, exposed areas will benefit the most, because the grape seed antioxidants protect from the free radicals. I attribute this to the rapid absorption of the grape seed extracts into the dermal/epidermal areas.

GCI: Which other ingredients symbiotically work best with grape seed extracts for overall performance quality?

Wayne Beckley: Peptides in general help to stabilize the product. Two in particular that we have been quite pleased are argireline and matriyl 3000.

GCI: Do you think you’ll expand your portfolio into other areas of the personal care market such as a baby line, a men’s line or a hair care line?

Wayne Beckley: All of these have been discussed. We are presently working on a new line called First Crush, which is aimed at the teen market.

GCI: What goals do you have for the future?

Wayne Beckley: We are expanding into Mexico and South America.