A natural beauty product that is often underestimated, Grapeseed oil can be very beneficial for the skin, and many people are completely unaware. Grapeseed oil is a byproduct of winemaking. Once all the grapes have been pressed into the world's favorite vineyard beverage, the seeds are left behind, and grapeseed oil is then extracted. The use of grapeseed oil for the skin and face has numerous beauty and health benefits.
Grapeseed oil can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars, reduce the appearance of dark circles and deeply moisturize without feeling too heavy on the skin.
Grapeseed Oil Benefits
Is grapeseed oil good for the skin? In short: yes. According to a study published in May 2014 in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, it has even been shown to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Unlike other moisturizers, it possesses a uniquely small molecular structure that allows it to penetrate to a deeper level and hydrate the dermal layers. This smaller molecular structure also means that even though it's deeply hydrating, it isn't greasy or heavy on the skin.
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What's in Grapeseed Oil?
Vitamin E is instrumental in fighting free radicals (atoms not belonging to a pair that cause the body oxidative stress and damage to cells), which in turn alleviates damage done to skin by the sun or air pollution. Vitamin E can be sourced from your diet, but by using grape seed oil for the skin, you are fortifying this intake and moisturizing at the same time.
The Linus Pauling Institute advises that omega-6 is essential for maintaining healthy skin, both in appearance and in function, due to its high levels of linoleic acid. Acne-prone skin is observably deficient in linoleic acid, which is why adding grape seed oil to your morning routine can reduce the appearance of scars and help acne to heal quicker.
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Further Grapeseed Oil Benefits
A 2018 study published in the Bulgarian Chemical Communications Journal found the following to be additional grapeseed oil benefits:
- Brightening the skin
- Tightening of pores
- Makeup removal
A 2018 study published in the Journal of Molecular Sciences demonstrated that skin is also smoothed and firmed by the antioxidants found in grapeseed oil that help the face to look more youthful. This is due to a particular antioxidant by the name of proanthocyanidin, which aids in reducing hyper-pigmentation of the skin.
It can also control the skin's inflammatory system, making it beneficial not just for acne but also more specific conditions such as eczema and rosacea, helping to reduce redness and the appearance of soreness.
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How to Use
Grapeseed oil can be used on its own, but it's also light enough to be mixed with other beauty products for ease of use. Simply mix it into your usual night cream or serum and apply when desired for double the moisturizing effect with added antioxidants and vitamins that the skin will appreciate.
For application, apply two drops of grapeseed oil to your hands and rub them together to warm it before massaging into the face in circular motions.
Always do a skin test before trying any new treatments. You may be allergic to some of the components of grapeseed oil. Consult your health professional should any negative symptoms arise.
Grapeseed oil is a tried and tested way of achieving a youthful glow, reducing the appearance of scars all while working to maintain the skin's natural moisture at the same time.
- Oregon State University: "Linus Pauling Institute: Essential Fatty Acids and Skin Health"
- International Journal of Molecular Sciences: "Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils"
- Journal of Aesthetic Dermatology: "Moisturizers for Acne"
- Sage Journals: "Nutrition and Metabolic Insights: Grape Seed Oil Compounds: Biological and Chemical Actions for Health"
- Bulgarian Chemical Communications: "Green Extracts of Grape Seed Oil - Potential Source of Fatty Acids and Health Benefits"