Grapeseed oil in Skin Care
Grapeseed oil is an extremely popular and affordable ingredient in many skin care products.
Grapeseed oil benefits
Grapeseed oil is primarily known for its moisturizing and antioxidant capabilities.
Phenolic compounds (like gallic acid) are good antioxidants which are beneficial in many anti-aging products.
Those and other compounds present in grapeseed like linoleic acid are also effective anti-inflammatories.
Linoleic acid is a hydrating fatty acid, desirable for many skin treatments.
It also contains an appreciable amount of vitamin E, a known antioxidant.
With antimicrobial properties, it also has uses in acne treatments for eliminating bacteria, or for use in other infectious skin conditions like a staph infection. (29)
Some studies have even found grapeseed oil might treat certain kinds of tumors without damaging normal cells. (23) More research always needs to be done on cancer treatments with evidence-based FDA trials before their use can be recommended to treat cancer. .
What kind of oil is it?
There is a low presence of saturated fatty acids in it as well, which gives it some thickness.
Because grapeseed oil is thick, it is not considered an essential oil even though it is derived from plants; it is instead considered a carrier oil.
Grapeseed oil is a hydrating unsaturated oil rich in natural antioxidant phenolic compounds.
What are the active compounds?
Grapeseed oil is rich in various fatty acids, phenolic acids, tannins, flavonoids, and stilbenes. (3)
Grape seeds are the most common source of resveratrol, a potent antioxidant, anti-cancer compound to which grapeseed oil owes many of its benefits.
It has a high concentration of gallic acid, for example, a phenol known for its significant antioxidant properties. (5)
Soothing, unsaturated linoleic acid is the most common fatty acid in grapeseed oil. (2)
Some saturated fatty acids are found in trace amounts in grapeseed oils depending on the variety of grape processed. (4)
Grapeseed oil also contains a significant amount of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant and antimicrobial compound. (2)
Grapeseed oil side effects
Grapeseed oil is not known to pose any particular risks of side effects.
Allergies to grapes or grapeseed are extremely rare.
As an occlusive, overuse of grapeseed oil can result in overhydrating the skin, which can result in a change to microbiome.
Is it safe?
Grapeseed oil is an extremely safe ingredient in skin care in most kinds of regimens.
According to research organizations like the CIR, there are no common safety concerns associated with grapeseed oil.
No studies have found evidence of toxicity to normal human cells following oral or topical use.
Grapeseed vs olive oil
In terms of fatty acid composition, grapeseed oil is primarily composed of linoleic acid while olive oil is mainly oleic acid.
Otherwise, the two oils share many antioxidant phenolic compounds in common such as various tocopherols and carotenoids.
Because olive oil contains so much oleic acid, it is better suited to oilier skin types who are not at risk from irritation.
Both oils are antioxidizing and antimicrobial.
Grapeseed oil is extremely versatile with very few drawbacks, making it one of the most popular ingredients in many skin care products.
It contains many beneficial compounds used to treat various conditions,
Grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores which leads to acne.
In addition, it is rich in antimicrobial and antioxidant phenols which eliminate acne causing bacteria on the skin.
If you have very oily skin as well as acne, adding more oil onto your skin (even a good oil like grapeseed) is not always advised.
Make sure to learn about the skin's natural oil production to understand more about when to use oils in your acne routine.
Grapeseed oil is one of the best oils for use in most kinds of hair care.
Grapeseed oil is loaded with hydrating fatty acids that are wonderful for moisturizing and repairing hair follicles.
The linoleic acid in it is particularly good as an anti-inflammatory compound, which is good for treating an irritated scalp.
Because it is not a comedogenic ingredient, it poses very little risk of clogging the pores on your hairline.
Be sure not to apply directly to the roots if you don't shampoo more than a few times per week. Oil buildup can result in greasy feeling and looking hair.
Grapeseed oil is full of hydrating, moisturizing compounds which are great at repairing the skin barrier and preventing damage to dry skin.
The most common usage of grapeseed oil is in moisturizers designed for treating dry skin.
Conditions like eczema are also treatable with grapeseed oil; it serves as an effective emollient and antioxidant as well as repairing the skin barrier.
Because it is primarily composed of unsaturated fats and contains a lot of resveratrol, grapeseed oil is a weak skin lightening tyrosinase inhibitor, meaning it can be used in moisturizers used after treatments for hyperpigmentation.
Applying the oil on its own onto the skin will not produce any significant results.
Grapeseed oil, like many other plant based skin lighteners, works best in combination with other skin lightening ingredients like:
Grapeseed oil is rich in antioxidant phenols, flavonoids, and others which are beneficial in many kinds of anti-aging products and treatments.
Hydrating antioxidants with occlusive properties like grapeseed oil work great alongside ingredients like retinoids.
There are many anti-aging ingredients that can be combined with grapeseed oil such as:
Best products with grapeseed oil
Here are some of our favorite products containing grapeseed oil:
Here are some of the best references on grapeseed oil in skin care:
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