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Let’s face it oils, of any sort, used to be taboo when it came to skin care. But the tides have changed and the thought of utilizing these natural fatty oils as makeup removers, moisturizers, and even cleansers became more the norm. The fact is when it comes to beauty—skin and hair included—oils do no harm. So we’ve become accustomed to seeing types like lavender, coconut, and CBD in our bathrooms.
But there’s a new oil coming for your cabinets. Enter vitis vinifera seed oil, better known as grapeseed oil. Though it’s been around for centuries, grapeseed oil is new on the beauty scene and it’s gaining popularity for all the right reasons.
Sound interesting? We thought so too. Which is why we enlisted the help of Michelle Fry, a longtime product developer for brands like TooFaced and the co-founder of wellness-focused beauty brand Good Faith
to learn more. Ahead she gives us the lowdown on this unusual oil and spills the tea on how just how beneficial it can be in your routine.
What Is Grapeseed Oil?
As you’ve likely guessed grapeseed oil is derived from the seeds within grapes. But what you may not have known is that the oil is a byproduct of wine production. After the wine making has commenced, the oil is extracted from leftover seeds and packaged up nicely for your skin and hair needs. Contrary to what one may think, the oil itself is lightweight with a plethora of nutrient rich components. “Grapeseed oil is packed with vitamins, phytoceramides and antioxidants”, says Fry, “and it has a thinner consistency, making it feel less greasy which is perfect for most skin types.”
What Are Its Benefits?
In general, oils are good for moisturizing the skin. Grapeseed oil, in particular, houses nutrients and minerals that not only nourish the skin, but also enrich and brighten it. “Many oils simply help to lock in moisture; grapeseed does that while also infusing hydration” Fry states. “It contains a high content of fatty acids, linoleic acid, and vitamin E that help to soften, retain moisture, even out your skin tone and texture all while providing antioxidant benefits,” she adds. Linoleic acid is essential for building ceramides and maintaining skin’s barrier. But since our bodies don’t naturally produce it, we look to topical or ingestible products to reap its benefits.
In short, it’s a jack of all trades when it comes to its skin care benefits. This light oil is also known for its antimicrobial properties, which “make it beneficial for even, oily or blemish prone skin,” says Fry.
How to Use Grapeseed Oil
The best way to incorporate this multi-talented oil into your current routine is through the use of a serum or moisturizer, Fry states. “I recommend looking for other hydrating products to pair with it; together, they’ll to help reduce water loss”. If you are still nervous about testing out grapeseed oil, Fry highly suggests taking the plunge. “Unlike other oils, grapeseed oil has a unique lightweight texture and it’s non-comedogenic making it an ideal way to experience the benefits of an oil without risking greasy skin or clogged pores.”
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