If you’re a beauty product junkie with lots of prized potions stocked in her medicine cabinet, you probably use grape seed oil more than you even realize.
Because it’s so nourishing, gentle and effective for skincare, it’s often used as a carrier oil in many beauty products. But it’s just as awesome and beneficial when used on its own, which is just the thing we want to talk to you about now.
What Is Grape Seed Oil?
It’s our second favorite liquid made from grapes! And it is actually a byproduct of the wine making process. Wine grape seeds are often discarded in the process; grapes eed oil is extracted from the seeds themselves. So not only is it a healthy, useful product, it’s also puts a potentially wasted byproduct to good use.
Skin Benefits of Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is rich in Vitamin C, D and E, beta keratin, flavonoids and essential fatty acids which work wonders on myriad skin issues and concerns.
Hydrating. Grape seed oil contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy looking. Vitamin E oil on its own can often be too heavy for those with oily or acne prone skin, so getting it in smaller doses in grape seed oil is often much better for many.
Anti aging. Grape seed oil is a fantastic natural anti aging product for three major reasons. It:
Boosts Collagen production. Plump, firm skin is young looking skin. And that fullness and firmness comes from the collagen that’s found naturally in our skin. Grape seed oil contains oligomeric proanthocyanidins (or OPC), which is a flavonoid that encourages collagen production and restoration at the cellular level, thus leaving you with younger looking, fuller skin.
Is an antioxidant. Free radicals are “bad” cells found in our bodies that attack our healthy cells— they’re the cause of cancer, and, on a less serious level, speed up signs of aging.
Cell turnover and new cell growth is what keeps our skin looking young and bright (because our skin cells are young and bright themselves). Free radicals hinder the new cell turnover and thus leave our skin looking tired and dull. Grape seed oil contains compounds called antioxidants that fight free radicals from forming which allows our skin cells to turn over unhindered.
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles. As we’ve already mentioned, grapes oil is ultra hydrating for your skin. And when your skin looks fuller and more bright, your fine lines and wrinkles look less apparent
Anti inflammatory. If you struggle with red, irritated, sensitive skin, grape seed oil will help calm your skin and leave it looking fresh, smooth and even toned.
Reduces scar appearance. In the same way that grape seed oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, it can also help reduce the appearance of scars anywhere on your skin!
Non-comedogenic. Grape seed oil has a comedogenic rating of 2, which means it has a moderately low chance of clogging your pores. For reference, argan oil has a 0 rating (will not clog pores and coconut oil has a 4 rating (fairly high probability it will clog pores).
Acne fighting. In addition to being non-comedogenic, grape seed oil is also a natural astringent, which means that it cleans out and closes pores, so that your pores remain small and bacteria free.
Practical Ways to Use Grape Seed Oil
You can find pure grape seed oil at most natural food stores and at a variety of online stores like Target, Amazon and Walgreens. If possible, find a cold pressed version, as added heat can diminish all the awesome healing and restorative properties of the seeds!
We find it’s an ideal natural night serum on its own, mixed with Vitamin E oil or combined with your regular night cream.
DIY Grape Seed Recipes
There are so many options if you’re looking to come up with your own grapeseed oil concoctions! Because it makes such a great carrier oil, the options are practically endless! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below.
DIY Grapefruit and Grape Seed Body Oil
- Grape seed oil
- Organic grapefruit peels
Both grapefruit and grape seed contain a lot of antioxidants. By combining the two ingredients, you get an antioxidant powerhouse that can even knock out eczema.
You can use this oil straight out of the shower in the mornings (the citrus gives it a nice zip!) or as a massage oil.
Homemade Grape Seed Oil Lotion
Photo & Recipe Credit: Delicious Obsessions
- Distilled water
- Aloe Vera gel
- Beeswax pastilles
- Coconut oil
- Grape seed oil
- Vitamin E oil or Rosemary extract
- Essential oils
You can customize this nourishing lotion with your favorite essential oils; lavender would be lovely for a nighttime bath routine while peppermint would help wake you up in the mornings. Aloe Vera is incredibly calming for irritated skin (thus why it’s so effective with sunburns!) and will help soothe dry skin, especially in the winter months.
Check out Delicious Obsessions for the full recipe and step by step instructions.
Homemade Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser
- Castor oil
- Grape seed oil
- Jojoba oil
- Tea Tree oil
Oil-based facial cleansers are highly effective at removing dirt, bacteria and make-up and keeping your skin balanced, clear and healthy.
Our skin breaks out, becomes inflamed and becomes the most oily when we use harsh products that strip our skin of its natural oils. Once this happens, our bodies begin to over produce oil, to make up for the lost protection, and our skin breaks out.
Using oil to cleanse helps restore our natural balance and leaves skin glowing. Promise! Plus, tea tree oil is a potent and effective natural anti acne ingredient to help tone your skin as you wash it.
Grape Seed Oil— Get On It!
While coconut, jojoba and argan oil may get most of the props for being effective powerhouses in the world of skincare, grape seed oil definitely deserves its own due. It’s lightweight, nourishing, moisturizing and like we’ve mentioned, it helps ease a whole host of skincare concerns. It’s also affordable and lasts forever, so it makes sense as a skincare staple.