Grapeseed oil is a light yellow oil that is derived from crushing grape seeds to extract the oil. It’s a by-product of winemaking and ensures that all portions of the fruit are used. It’s made explicitly from wine grapes—Vitis vinifera—rather than the edible kind from your grocer.
Grapeseed oil is suitable for your skin because of its healing properties. It contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. Your body’s metabolism utilizes these fatty acids.
Other acids in this oil include the following:
- Alpha-linolenic acid.
- Oleic acid.
- Palmitic acid.
- Palmitoleic acid.
- Stearic acid.
Grapeseed oil is commonly used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy, where you add various essential oils to dilute them in a carrier oil, making them safer for application to the skin.
5 Ways Grapeseed Oil Can Benefit Problem Skin
Here are five ways that you can use grapeseed oil to help heal your skin.
- Moisturizer for the skin. Generally, if you used oil on your skin, you’d find it too greasy, but grapeseed oil is nice and light and will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
- Perfect for sensitive skin. Many people with sensitive skin can’t use regular moisturizers or lotions as they’re packed with ingredients that can cause itchy red inflammation. But grapeseed oil is safe and should not cause allergic reactions in most people.
- Skin-tightening properties. It contains natural astringent properties. This results in skin toning and skin tightening.
- Rebalances oily skin. The over-production of oil causes oily skin because the skin thinks it’s dry. Using a non-comedogenic type of moisturizer such as grapeseed oil will provide the nourishment your skin needs, and help to rebalance your oily skin.
- Moisturizes your scalp. Using this oil on your scalp will not only soften your hair but discourage the production of fungus that leads to dandruff.
How to Use Grapeseed Oil to Restore Healthy Skin
Grapeseed oil is simple and easy to use. You can pour out a few drops onto your fingertips and use it to rub into your skin. You may wish to use these tips for optimal benefits.
- Wash your face at least twice a day.
- Place about three drops of oil on your face.
- Gently use your fingertips to rub the oil in.
- If you put on too much, use a tissue to pat your face.
- Apply the oil after each time you wash your face.
- Use the oil on the face, scalp, hair, or body.
- If you’re treating a specific problematic area, dot an extra drop of oil on that region: under eyes, dry elbows or knees, blemished chin, etc.
How to Make a Soothing Grapeseed Oil Mask
A simple grapeseed oil mask can be used on your face once a week. It only takes two ingredients.
Ingredients and Supplies Needed:
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Small bowl
- Mix all ingredients.
- Use your fingers to apply it to your face.
- Stand over a sink, as the mixture can drip a bit.
- Massage the mixture over your face for 30 seconds so that you also achieve a gentle exfoliation of your skin.
- Leave your mask on for 5 minutes.
- Relax and enjoy the smell.
- Use a clean and wet facecloth to remove the mask.
- Splash your face with warm water.
- Dry with a clean, dry towel.
- No need to apply moisturizer.
- Avoid cosmetics to give your skin a chance to breathe and heal.
- Smile, and enjoy your day.
- Repeat your grapeseed skin mask once a week.
Side Effects & Precautions When Using Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is one of the hypoallergenic oils and has few side effects or precautions, but keep these tips in mind should you experience any complications when using it.
- If your skin becomes red, itchy, or inflamed after usage, you may have had an adverse reaction. Discontinue use.
- Don’t be afraid to rub more into your skin if it’s extra dry. It’s best to use more than too little, and you can always pat the excess off with a tissue.
- Note the expiry date on your grapeseed oil bottle and discontinue using it after that date. You can always use it for cooking or for making salad dressings if you’re worried about using it up by the expiry date.
- Do not use your oil if it smells rancid, or has turned a cloudy color. Toss it out immediately.
- It’s best to pour a few drops out of the bottle, rather than using your fingers to rub around the rim, to avoid contaminating the oil with whatever substances may be on your hands.
- Some people like to pour the oil onto a q-tip or a cotton puff before application to the face.
- Store your grapeseed oil away from light, moisture, or heat. Keep it in the back of a cupboard where it’s less likely to be knocked over and have the glass bottle break.