Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, or grapeseed oil, is the oil extracted from the seeds of grapes. Grapeseed oil is naturally rich in omega fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) and vitamin E, which helps combat acne, prevent apparition of premature aging signs (fine lines and wrinkles) and helps in giving you a healthy moisturised skin.
What makes grapeseed oil a star ingredient, is that it is lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin while being suitable for all skin types (including acne prone and sensitive skins).
Grapeseed oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) they are both known to add moisture to the skin.
On top of that, the fatty acids are known to strengthen the skin barrier while helping improve the skin’s moisture level by reducing water loss (transepidermal).
2. Anti-inflammatory benefits
According to this study grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory benefits. This property can be linked to the presence of linoleic acid in grapeseed oil, which can benefit inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and acne.
Acne prone skin is generally deficient in linoleic acid (omega6 fatty acid), grapeseed oil being rich in linoleic acid can help improving acne condition.
On top of that, grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that can also help with acne conditions.
Grapeseed oil is has a very low rate on the comedogenic scale, 1 (being very low), which makes it ideal for acne prone skins.
– Powerful antioxidant properties
Grapeseed oil is rich in antioxidants (polyphenol compounds such as proanthocyanidins).
According to this study , the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins is 20 times greater compared to that vitamin E and 50 times greater than that of vitamin C.
Antioxidants present in grapeseed oil can help improve and reduce premature signs of agings (such as fine lines and wrinkles), and can also improve the appearance of sun spots.
– Protects against free radicals
Grapeseed oil thanks to its naturally rich content in antioxidants, it can protect your skin against damage of free radicals.
– Has an overall anti-aging effect,
According to this study, consistent topical application of grapeseed oil improves skin aging parameters (such as moisture level, evenness, pore size, amount od spots and wrinkles)
4. Minimises the appearance of Scars
Thanks to its naturally rich content in vitamins (such as vitamin E), fatty acids (such as linoleic acid), minerals, and antioxidants, grapeseed oil can help improving the appearance of scars and dark spots.
Thanks to its naturally rich content in antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins, grapeseed oil improves the appearance of sun damage and hyperpigmentation on skin.
6. Antimicrobial and antifungal
Grapeseed oil has anti-microbial benefits which is mainly associated to the level of polyphenolic compounds called catechins. It has mildly astringent and purifying properties.
Grapeseed oil also help combatting fungus.
7. Can protect your skin from sun damage
Grapeseed oil is known to have a natural SPF of 4.
8. Even skin tone
Thanks to its powerful antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, grapeseed oil helps to even out skin tone and to brighten skin complexion when used consistently.
Side effects of Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is considered as a pretty safe oil.
If you are allergic, stay away from it.
However, always do a spot test (such as your wrist or ankle) before introducing any new ingredient to your face. Wait 24 hours and se if your body has any negative reactions. If so, stay away from the ingredient.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, grapeseed oil can be unsafe for people with blood conditions, if you are about to have surgery and for people who take blood-thinning medications.
Do not use grapeseed oil with an ingredient that could counteract with the oil’s emollient qualities (such as salicylic acid and retinol)
How to choose your grapeseed oil?
Make sure to choose a cold-pressed organically certified grapeseed oil. Ensure that the oil is pure without any pesticides and herbicide residues in order to benefit better from the active ingredients.
This content does NOT provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your own doctor for more information.