Grapes are such givers. These bountiful little berries are responsible for jams, jellies, raisins, juice, vinegar, and perhaps most famously — wine! Other than their delicious taste and versatility, grapes are also jam-packed (see what we did there?) with good-for-you components like omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. We might just write a love song about grapes.
Along the way, some kind souls found out that when you press grape seeds for oil, that oil can do wonders for our skin. Turns out, those little seeds pack a big, beneficial punch. And that's why we're here! To tell you all about what these mini, yet mighty, seeds can do for your skin in oil form.
What Is Grapeseed Oil?
If you're having trouble wrapping your mind around harvesting loads of grapes for the oil from their tiny little seeds, we're with you there. That sounds daunting! Thankfully, the winemaking industry does much of the legwork by pressing tons of grapes for various vintages. After those grapes are pressed, there's an abundance of seeds left, which can then be pressed to extract a lovely, light oil.
Cold and expeller-pressing are the best extraction methods for grapeseed oil for skin, as they retain all the natural goodness grapes contain. These processes also avoid high heat and harmful solvents, like hexane, that cause chemical alterations that damage the grape's active ingredients and make them less effective.
The result is a lightweight, fast-absorbing oil with a silky texture and light, yellow-green color. This versatile oil can be used for cooking, applied directly to the skin and hair, and employed as a carrier oil for aromatherapy massages. Because it is mild, light, nourishing, and non-greasy, it’s well-suited to every skin type.
Grapeseed Oil Skin Benefits
So with all those powerful, nutritive qualities, grapeseed oil can work wonders for your skin! Here are a few benefits you can expect:
Grapeseed oil hydrates skin. Emollients like grapeseed oil work to smooth and soften dry, rough, and flaky skin by adding nutritive fatty substances, like omega-6 fatty acids, to whatever it touches. It also packs a huge vitamin E punch alongside those hydrating fatty acids, which is ideal for locking in moisture and fortifying the skin barrier. This makes it an excellent addition to face moisturizers.
It’s full of antioxidants. Grapeseed oil is rich in compounds like beta carotene, polyphenols, and vitamins E, C, and D, which all have potent antioxidant powers. That translates to extra protection from environmental aggressors, dirt, and buildup. It also helps to lessen the appearance of dark spots and scars, and plump and tighten skin.
It minimizes the look of pores. Because grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic and naturally cleansing, it helps clear out the dirt and oil that fill pores and make them look larger. It also absorbs quickly, making it great for oily skin.
It lessens the appearance of occasional redness and evens skin tone. Thanks to its mild cleansing and emollient properties, grapeseed oil helps calm and protect angry skin, giving it a much-needed break from certain irritants. This helps enhance brightness and even out your complexion.
How to Use Grapeseed Oil for Skin
Incorporating grapeseed oil into your skincare routine is simple as pie. It can be integrated into a multi-step regimen with ease or used all on its own. You can buy pure grapeseed oil and apply it as a serum before bed, add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer to punch it up or create DIY spot treatments and masks. Grapeseed oil pairs well with a wide assortment of ingredients and other natural oils like avocado and coconut. Just don't mix it with anything harsh or drying, like retinol or salicylic acid, because that will counteract its wonderful moisturizing and emollient work.
If you're looking to keep things more straightforward, there are tons of moisturizers, face creams, serums, overnight treatments, cleansers, scrubs, and more that contain grapeseed oil. Our very own Prince Charcoal natural detox mask boasts grapeseed oil along with a medley of botanicals and clays that help detox, balance, and nourish your face.
So the takeaway is — grapeseed oil equals happy, nourished skin. We'll cheers to that!