by Nicole P
January 21, 2021
There are so many oils that have been praised to be the holy grail of skincare. Since many of them truly are great additions to skincare regimens, it can be difficult to determine which oil has what benefits and how that can improve your skincare routine based on your unique skin type. However, it is great when you find that one oil that works with mostly all skin types. Could grapeseed oil be that oil? Let’s find out.
If you consider yourself to be a wine connoisseur, or simply a wine lover, you may already know (or be pleased to find out) that grapeseed oil is a byproduct of winemaking. Once the grapes are pressed for wine, the seeds are left, but used for something else — grapeseed oil!
While there are various methods of extracting grapeseed oil, cold-pressed is the best for skincare purposes. This is because they have not been heated, distilled, or processed, and as a result, have more active potential; keeping the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties intact.
Why might you want to consider adding grapeseed oil into your skincare routine? Grapeseed oil is a non-comedogenic oil, which means it will not clog your pores. This lightweight oil works very well with most skin types, even sensitive and acne-prone skin.
The vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties found in grapeseed oil result in many strong benefits for the skin.
As you just read, grapeseed oil has many great benefits for your skin. The credit really goes to what is found in grapeseed oil, and the powerful benefits that make it up.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E helps with the production of collagen, which improves the skin tone. It is a great tool to fight off damage and protect the skin from free-radicals, decreasing the risk of breakouts.
Antioxidants: Grapeseed oil is packed full of powerful antioxidants: polyphenols and OPCs. Working hand in hand with the vitamins, polyphenols and OPCs protect the skin and detoxify the skin from free radicals and clogged pores. OPCs stimulate circulation and repair the skin’s collagen, improving the skin’s strength, firmness, and elasticity. OPCs also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Essential Fatty Acids: Fatty acids are great for building healthy cells and keeping the skin soft and moisturized. Grapeseed oil is high in Linoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. This is a great ingredient because people who suffer from acne-prone skin tend to have a linoleic acid deficit. Linoleic acid protects and heals cell membranes which improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars. Linoleic acid also restores tired and aging skin, resulting in the beautiful natural glow we all love.
As if grapeseed oil was not already amazing, it works wonders with hair as well. Grapeseed oil can promote hair growth, diminish frizz, split ends, and dandruff. To take it a step further, there are many recipes that grapeseed oil compliments very well. Cooking with grapeseed oil can potentially lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, and conveniently has a high smoke point. Grapeseed oil is simply an all-around fine oil that you can get many uses for.
Lastly, let’s discuss the best ways to apply grapeseed oil to your skin. Like anything else, you want to test the oil with your skin first. This prevents a widespread reaction if your skin happens to dislike or react poorly to the oil. Grapeseed oil, like a lot of other oils, applies best when the skin is damp. With a few drops of grapeseed oil, rub in the oil with your fingertips in an upward circular motion. This particular motion helps breakdown the residue on the skin. You can also add grapeseed oil in your regimen as a face mask, an oil cleanse, and an astringent.
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