Grapeseed oil is well-known by health buffs as an excellent, healthy frying oil, and a substitute at times for olive oil. That's because this oil contains "good fats" — like omega-6s and omega-9 fatty acids.
But did you know grapeseed oil has uses beyond your kitchen?
Yes! Carrier oil variants of grapeseed oil have many benefits to offer our skin, which all skin-types are sure to love. Got oily skin? You are especially going to love this oil!
Find-out what makes grapeseed oil so lovable and how you can incorporate this carrier oil into your skin care routine.
What Is Grapeseed Oil?
Grapeseed oil is pressed from the seeds of grapes, abundantly found as a by-product of wine-making. Vitis vinifera grapes are often used for wine-making, and their seeds are used to make grapeseed oil.
The oil's color ranges from yellow to yellowish-green and has a faint sweet scent. Carrier oils, like grapeseed oil, often have a more subdued scent compared to essential oils.
As mentioned in the intro, grapeseed oil contains "good fats". These good fats or fatty acids in grapeseed oil are linoleic acid (omega-6; 69.6%), oleic acid (omega-9; 15.8%), palmitic acid (7%), stearic acid (4%), alpha-linolenic acid (0.1%), and palmitoleic acid (0.1%).
This composition makes grapeseed oil highly sought as a frying oil. The percentage of linoleic and oleic acids also have a great impact on why grapeseed oil is lovely for oily skin! (More on that later.)
Apart from the fatty acids, grapeseed oil also contains small amounts of vitamin E, which is known to have anti-aging benefits.
History of Grapeseed Oil
The cultivation of grapes began around 6,000 to 8,000 years ago in the Near East. The earliest archeological evidence of a 'wine culture' dates back to 8,000 years ago in Georgia. While the oldest-known winery was found in Armenia, dating to around 4000 BC.The ancient historical connections of grapes, connected to the development of human culture, make it quite unique. Wine, the main product of grapes, was considered the drink of the gods. Dedicated to this beverage were Dionysus and Bacchus. Wine has always had a major role in the way of life of Mediterranean people. Some cultures in the Mediterranean consider wine sprang from the blood of humans who had fought the gods.
In the 14th century, grapeseed oil appeared to have been first mentioned during the reign of Ferdinand IV, King of Castile and León. An Arab doctor visited this independent state in the northwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula. The doctor suggested using grapeseed oil as a treatment for skin problems. The oil was so effective that Ferdinand IV decided to keep secret both the process and the formula. He named the elixir as royal oil or oil of the throne.Currently, 65% of the world's wine production is managed by European winegrowers. Along with the widespread of wine-making, grapeseed oil production can be found in various countries in the world: Italy, Spain, Chile, United States, Australia, and France.
Different Uses of Grapeseed Oil
You can find grapeseed oil in so many places: the kitchen cabinet, medicine cabinet, beauty-boxes, and massage parlors. This just goes to show that grapeseed oil is quite versatile. Here are some of its notable uses:
- as frying-oil
- as a cosmetic ingredient
- for a nourishing and moisturizing massage
- for hair treatments (especially scalp itchiness and dryness)
- carrier oil for aromatherapy
Skin Benefits of Grapeseed Oil
Now for the pièce de résistance! We are goig to talk about all of grapeseed oil's benefits for our skin and how oily-skin types will benefit especially.
Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, normal skin, or combo skin, you will go through acne at least once in your life. To go through acne just once can even be considered lucky!
We all know how much of a struggle acne is. This skin condition causes inflammation, blackheads, whiteheads, and pus-filled mounds on our skin! Yikes. These bad boys can even leave scars, shallow and deep, which can be disfiguring. Double yikes.
So it is only natural for us to want to fight back. Luckily for us, grapeseed oil is an acne-fighting badass oil!
Grapeseed oil's high linoleic acid content helps strengthen cell membranes and improve skin health in general. The oil also has a significant amount of antioxidant capacity (*ehem* vitamin E) to prevent pores from clogging. Anti-inflammatory properties of the oil prevent acne breakouts while also helping with existing acne problems.
Heals and Tightens Skin
In this cosmetic review, grapeseed oil is reported to have astringent properties that help firm the skin. This is useful especially to reduce swellings that all skin-types tackle at some point. Oily skin will get more of an advantage from this benefit since the good amount of astringent in the oil promotes skin tightening.
Studies cited in the review also found that applying grape seed oil promotes healing. The human body can accelerate the wound healing process and also diminish scars with the help of this oil. Good news for us who have trouble with acne scars and scabs that won't seem to disappear.
Protects Skin From Aging
Fine lines and wrinkles are common signs of aging. Those of us who are still young dread the day that our mirrors will greet us with these signs. Though we cannot totally prevent or reverse these signs, we can do our best to delay them.
Grapeseed oil's antioxidant properties proved to be useful to delay skin aging. The oil provides enough moisture and protects against free radicals.
Not only that, but grapeseed oil also improves skin elasticity and softness.Meaning: the oil improves skin moisture, softness, and the ability to bounce back. Boosting elasticity and softness helps deter wrinkles and fine lines very effectively.
Protects From Sun Damage
A review of grapeseed oil notes that the antioxidant capacity of the oil is capable of absorbing damage from UV rays. Good news for us! Sun damage is the main contributor to premature skin aging. So, it is a must to do all we can to protect our skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Of course, nothing can replace a good sunscreen — so rather than using grapeseed oil as a replacement, use it as a booster.
Oily-skin types often have the hardest time choosing the right oil for their skin. Some may even roll their eyes at you when you tell them that they can use oils for their skin. Oily skin plus more oil? No thanks.
But, in reality, all skin types need hydration to have balance in their skin! Oily skin may need less than what dry skin needs, but they still need hydration nonetheless.
Apart from jojoba, grapeseed oil is an excellent choice for oily skin hydration! Most types of oils can be used as a skin moisturizer, but grapeseed oil is one of the best choices out there. This oil has a very light consistency, easily absorbed by the skin and does not leave any residue (plus points for oily skin!). People with sensitive skin can apply the oil with little to no chance of an allergic reaction.To top it all off: since people with acne-prone skin and oily skin tend to have a low percentage of linoleic acid, the high linoleic acid content of grapeseed oil helps balance out their skin's fatty acid composition. This can lead to oily skin being less oily and acne-prone skin less prone to acne!
How to Use Grapeseed Oil
What more could we ask for in our oil? Grapeseed oil is truly lovely! The benefits this oil offers are very tempting. Another good news is that this oil comes at such a cheap price! So no need to hold yourself back from using it.
Drops of the oil can be incorporated into your existing skin care products, especially your moisturizer. You can also feature the oil in your upcoming DIY projects.To inspire you, here is a very simple DIY grapeseed oil cleanser!
Oil cleansers function as the first step in double-cleansing. All skin types will benefit from double-cleansing especially on days you wear makeup or have been out all day. To use this, soak a cotton pad in the mixture then wipe your face gently.
Is Grapeseed Oil Safe?
Research show that the thin and light consistency of grapeseed oil makes it great even for sensitive skin. Little to no allergic reactions can be induced by this oil. However, we must always practice caution in using oils.
Since grapeseed oil is a carrier oil, there is no need to dilute it. You can use it directly on your skin or with other oils and products.
Always perform a patch test when using a new oil. Place a drop of the carrier oil on the inner area of your elbow. Leave it on for 24 hours and observe the skin for any reactions.
For safety purposes, it is not advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use topical oils without consulting medical professionals.
For children and the elderly, it is highly advised to contact your physician or doctor before using oils. Self-treatment of chronic diseases by applying grapeseed oil may also hold serious consequences without professional advice.
How to Choose Grapeseed Oil
As with all carrier oils, remember not to buy grapeseed oil from food stores. Be wary of picking up grapeseed oil that is meant for cooking. Apart from these reminders, here are the things you should look for when choosing your grapeseed oil:
- 100% pure grapeseed oil
- Therapeutic grade
To Wrap It Up
Grapeseed oil is not hard to love. In fact, this oil is so loveable that it is easy to jump aboard and use it! The high gains and low to no risks you will experience from this oil makes it one of the number one go-tos for a light and thin carrier oil.
Just always remember to never let excitement get ahead of you! Always practice proper caution with all oils. When in doubt, research! So many researches have been done regarding this oil that will undoubtedly quench your thirst for knowledge.
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