We're giving a little more life to this natural winemaking byproduct!
Whether you’re new to the natural skin care sphere or are a seasoned veteran, you may have noticed a common trend with the ingredients you see. For example, there’s coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil…yup, many of the ingredients you see are actually edible and often found in our own kitchen! Today we’re serving you yet another food-related beauty gem that’s a common ingredient in clean beauty skin care products. We’re talking about grapeseed oil. We’re loving this plant oil for its potent nutrients, as well as its compatibility with many skin types.
What’s grapeseed oil?
Sure, grapeseed oil sounds great and all, but how is it actually produced? Is someone squeezing oil out from grape seeds? It turns out grapeseed oil is a natural byproduct from winemaking, so we’re not wasting the whole fruit just to get to the oil! Wines are usually made from the fruit part. But grape seeds actually have plenty of juicy nutrients in them as well, and we’ve learned to adopted them into cosmetics as well.
What are grapeseed oil benefits for skin?
While there aren’t any studies that directly cite the benefits of grapeseed oil on skin, it contains high levels of nutrients that are indeed essential for skin health. Here are some of the ways that it may benefit your skin.
Bacterial infection and oily skin aren’t the whole story in regards to acne causes. Studies have found that acne-prone skin is often deficient in an important essential fatty acid that the body can’t create on its own: linoleic acid. A whopping 66-75.3% of grape seed oil is made up of linoleic acid.
Grape seed oil is rich in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation in skin which might lead to a range of irritating skin conditions.
Many of the antioxidants found in grape skin that end up in your wine are found in grape seeds too! That’s including resveratrol, which may help prevent UV damage to skin that can cause free radical formation and fine lines.
Doesn’t clog pores
There are so many plant oils out there packed with the best nutrients for your skin, but you can’t exactly use all of them! That’s because some of them are too heavy and greasy for your skin, and could cause breakouts. Luckily grapeseed oil’s high composition in the beneficial omega-6 fatty acid—linoleic acid—makes it lightweight and skin friendly for even acne-prone and oily skin.
Lightweight and fast-absorbing
Grapeseed oil’s lightweight fatty acid composition also makes it fast-absorbing, making it the perfect ingredient to use around the whole body.
Best grapeseed oil skin care products
Vine Therapy Serum from Puristry
Fancy some wine—ahem—vine therapy? This deluxe facial serum features grapeseed oil as its hero ingredient, supported by various skin-friendly ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, and even hyaluronic acid. It also contains a bonus dose of resveratrol too, so this organic serum is truly ideal for use on mature or sun damaged skin.
Coconut Nourishing Body Cream from 100% Pure
When we find a beauty ingredient we fall head over heels in, sometimes we really just want to cover ourselves from head to toe in it. You can do exactly that, thanks to this luxurious cream from 100% Pure that features grapeseed oil alongside other moisturizing natural ingredients like cocoa butter and avocado oil. Time to soothe all those dry itchy spots away!
Apricot Body Oil from Eminence Organic
Prefer a body oil instead to get your massage going on? Try this vitamin-rich body oil for deep hydration all around. In addition to grapeseed oil, this anti-aging body oil packs a few other heavy-hitting superfruits such as sea buckthorn, camu camu, and even goji berry.
Jasmine Body Oil from Herbivore
Prefer a simpler ingredients list that will still do the job? We get you, we’re minimalists ourselves. This body oil is packed with lightweight oils such as jojoba oil and tea seed oil that all absorb easily into skin to impart a luminous glow.
Lavender Lemon Lotion from Cake Face Soaping
This handmade lotion keeps things simple with just 7 ingredients for an astonishingly luxurious experience for your poor tired skin. Pistachio oil and pumpkin seed oil moisturize your skin deep down, so a little goes a long way for this one!
Kukui Nut & Grapeseed Oils Youth-Infusing Cream Cleanser from Shea Moisture
Grapeseed oil also makes a great natural cleansing ingredient that’s able to gently dissolve makeup while leaving your face more moisturized. This skin-friendly cleanser can be used daily without ever stripping skin of moisture.
Prefer to go the DIY route instead? Grapeseed oil makes a great carrier oil for essential oils, and you can make your own moisturizer to use all over your face and body. We’re happy that the beauty world is making use of this winemaking byproduct, and giving it a little more life and use in our daily lives. Any other beauty oils you’re curious about? Let us know, and we’d be happy to write about them!