Grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes, typically wine grapes. While grapes are one of the most popular fruits in the world, just about everyone tosses out their seeds, but experts say those seeds may actually be the healthiest part of the grape. The seeds are loaded with powerful antioxidants and natural plant compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, or OPCs.
OPCs have been extensively studied and are well known for their potent antioxidant activity, which means that they can help battle free radicals that can lead to premature aging and/or a host of chronic diseases. These compounds also have shown all sorts of other beneficial properties for the body, including being anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antiviral and antibacterial.
Grapeseed oil is especially popular for cosmetic use. In fact, you might see it as an ingredient in products on store shelves, like sunscreen, moisturizing cream and a host of other beauty-related items. It’s believed to assist in skin repair and offers antiseptic as well as mildly astringent properties.
The benefits of the oil for health, hair and skin, are many, including these.
Grapes are native to the Mediterranean, Southwestern Asia, Europe and North America
Restore Healthy Skin
Grapeseed oil is simple and easy to use. You can simply 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 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.
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 together.
- 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 you skin a chance to breathe and heal.
- Smile and enjoy your day.
- Repeat your grapeseed skin mask once a week.
Reducing Dandruff and Dermatitis
Dandruff and other dermatological conditions caused by a dry, flaky scalp can be treated with grape seed oil, which is full of emollients and nutrients that can help nurture the growth of healthy skin cells. Try rubbing grape seed oil into the scalp in a circular motion, loosening the skin while allowing the oil to be absorbed, as well as promoting circulation.
Reducing Hair Loss
Grape seed oil, which is extracted from cold-pressed grape seeds, contains antioxidants that may help to block the production of DHT, a hormone that causes hair loss. Grape seed oil can also be used as a carrier for essential oils that promote relaxation of the hair follicles, preventing hair loss caused by cortisol, a hormone released when you’re stressed. Try mixing a few teaspoons of grape seed oil with a drop or two of jojoba oil and rubbing it into your scalp to treat hair loss.
Grape seed oil contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to build tissue, and lineolic acid, a fatty acid which promotes hair and skin growth. If your hair is brittle or weak, treating it with grape seed oil can help to restore its strength and shine. Try covering your hair and massaging your scalp with heated grape seed oil. Wrap a towel around your head overnight, and wash it out in the morning for glossier, healthier hair.
Treats dark circles and wrinkles:
Eyes describes your personality and beauty. If you lack sleep and are leading a hectic life, dark circles will soon reflect on your eyes. Grapeseed oil is said to deal with wrinkles and dark circles. Take few drop of oil and gently apply on your under-eye region. Massage it with your fingertips and do control your pressure. The skin around the eye is weak and must be dealt carefully. Thus, apply it overnight and leave it to be washed in the morning.
Ageing has become a major concern for most of the women. None of us wants to age or rather look aged. The skin tends to lose elasticity once it starts ageing and as a result fine lines and wrinkles starts popping out on the skin. Along with the diet, the external care must also be taken. Apply few drops of Grape seed oil on your skin before hitting the bed. Leave it till morning and rinse it off with cold water. The changes will soon be seen.
Tightens the skin:
The skin needs to look firm and tight. Loose skin is a sign of ageing. The astringent qualities of grape seed tightens the skin. It is also said to close the pores which will prevent the occurrence of pimples. People with oily skin must use grape seed oil to deal with acne and ageing related issues.
Heals the scar:
The scar marks kills the beautiful look. If you need these scars to be minimized, apply grape seed oil on it regularly. The scar will soon start diminishing. Take the oil and gently massage on your skin. The blood circulation will increase leading to a glow on the skin. It will also moisturize your skin and leave it hydrated. The skin will gradually become soft and smooth. This oil will also prevent the formation of new blemishes and scars.
Postpones Symptoms of Aging
Grapeseed oil helps postpone the obvious symptoms of aging such as wrinkles and loose skin. Grapeseed oil is also rich in antioxidants which destroy free radicals which are so effective at breaking down the collagen in the skin over time.Collagen, which is essential to maintain the elasticity of skin and remove dead skin cells, also maintains the youthful look of the skin. Grapeseed oil contains the antioxidants called flavonoids, which are so important for slowing down the aging process. Grape seed oil has astringent properties that tighten the skin and keep it young.
Tip: Take some grape seed oil in your hands and apply it to your face before going to bed. Don’t forget to apply under your eyes. Gently massage the oil into the skin for a few minutes.
Provides sun protection
It is effective against ultraviolet radiation-induced sunburn and skin sensitivity and provides a natural sunscreen for the skin.
The anti-inflammatory property of vitamin E which is abundant in grapeseed oil, helps to prevent skin inflammation caused by exposure to UV rays. While one would not recommend it as the only sunscreen one should use, daily application to the face will keep you protected.
Grapeseed oil is an excellent moisturizer as it is easily absorbed into the skin. The ease with which it is absorbed helps ensure that the antioxidants in the oil penetrate deep below the surface. Vitamin E is also an effective treatment for dermatitis and dry skin. The oil also promotes effective skin penetration for this vitamin.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of grape seed oil help in treating acne The oil is non-comedogenic which means that it won’t clog your pores. By moisturizing with grapeseed oil, you replace the sebum which is a natural oily secretion of the skin. The bacteria that cause acne feed on this sebum and when it is replaced with grapeseed oil, the bacteria’s food supply is cut off. The oil also kills the bacteria so the follicle infections die down. Also, as the oil is anti-inflammatory, moisturizing will soothe those painful pimples.
Treats bags under the eyes
It is also useful in treating bags under the eyes. Bags under your eyes are also known as puffy eyes and they are caused primarily due to aging. Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy lifestyle, and fatigue also a cause. Either way, the anti-aging properties of grapeseed oil are an effective home remedy.
Tip: Take a small amount of oil in your hands and gently massage onto your face and skin. You can also add it to butter and apply to your skin.
Promotes hair growth and strong hair
The moisturizing properties of the oil allow the antioxidants and vitamin E deep below the surface of the scalp and just as these compounds nourish your skin cells, they also nourish the hair follicles, promoting stronger growth.
Here is how you use grapeseed oil for hair growth:
- Take about five tablespoons of grape seed oil and add two teaspoons of lavender oil or rosemary oil.
- Warm the mixture and apply it on your scalp and hair. Apply the oil from the root of the hair to your tips. After applying on your scalp massage gently for a few minutes.
- Wait for about 30 minutes till the oil gets absorbed. You can leave your hair uncovered or wrap a towel around your head.
- Rinse your hair well. You can use a mild shampoo if needed.
- Warm four tablespoons of grape seed oil.
- Wet your hair.
- Apply the warm oil on your wet hair.
- Wash your hair after 20 minutes with warm water first and follow it up with cool water.
- Do either of the methods twice a week for best results.