Yesterday, I posted a comment on Facebook about how I use grapeseed oil on my face (as both a cleanser and moisturizer) and I received so many questions and messages that I decided I needed to devote a post to it.
First of all, I must say first that it is scary and astonishing what so many folks are putting on their faces. Many of the very popular, uber expensive skincare lines that my friends are using are filled with harmful, toxic carcinogens. No joke. Just because you’re absorbing them topically, rather than ingesting them, carcinogens are still toxic and they’re very dangerous. Research what you’re putting on your skin. Don’t just take someone else’s word for it!
So, having said that, I began using grapeseed oil on my skin (twice per day every day) two years ago. The difference in my naturally oily, acne prone skin is nothing short of a miracle. Smooth, tight skin with zero breakouts, much smaller pores, and dark under eye circles gone.
The big question I get is, “But it’s OIL…won’t it cause break outs??” The answer is absolutely not. Read the benefits below for the full explanation, but basically grapeseed oil is created through a very delicate extraction process and is not “oil” as we think of it. It’s used to treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. If anything, it clears up current breakouts, but will not cause new ones.
You also need to be treating your skin from the inside out systemically. Make sure your diet is clean, that you’re juicing fresh fruits and vegetables twice per day, and using grapeseed oil topically. If you are seeing someone who is attempting to convince you to buy hundreds of dollars worth of expensive product and gadgets to use to clean your face, please, please do your homework. Research not only the ingredients in the products, but the effects of said gadgets, peels, etc.
All of the benefits of grapeseed oil are below, but here’s what I do:
- Make sure you get high quality fresh cold pressed grapeseed oil that’s in a dark glass container so it’s not exposed to light and the elements that will break down the natural enzymes.
- When I first started, I only used grapeseed oil as a moisturizer and still used a separate traditional cleanser because I just couldn’t wrap my mind around using “oil” to clean my face. However, let me now say that grapeseed oil is extremely effective as both a cleanser and a moisturizer, and my skin has only improved when I started using it for both.
- Simply use a few drops to massage into your face and then VERY gently use a warm washcloth to remove any stubborn make up like mascara and rinse. Then use a few more drops to moisturize. Done!
Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for the Skin
1. Eliminate Acne
Skin needs a good supply of linoleic acid to help to strengthen cell membranes and improve skin health generally. Grapeseed oil contains this fatty acid, so it can be a good solution to improve or cure various skin conditions such as acne.
The oil also has a considerable amount of antioxidant ability thus it can prevent the pores from clogging. Clogged pores usually trigger acne breakouts, so regular application of grapeseed oil may prevent the problems.
Another good thing is that the oil possesses anti inflammatory properties. Therefore, it does not only prevent acne breakouts, but it also helps to cure any existing acne problems.
2. Skin Tightening
Astringent is one of the most important ingredients contained in grapeseed oil. The substance will stimulate biological tissues to contract and draw together. It is medically useful for various purposes especially for reducing swelling. Cosmetic companies also sell a lot of products that use this substance as an ingredient.
Regular application of grapeseed oil will basically deliver a good amount of astringent which is useful for skin toning and tightening.
3. Minimize Under-eye Circles
Dark circles are common facial skin problems as the results of sun exposure, dehydration, excessive alcohol drinking, etc. The problems usually appear in adulthood, but children may develop the same conditions as well.
Fortunately, removing under-eye circles is one of the greatest abilities of grapeseed oil for skin. It can deliver noticeable results in as little as a week of regular use.
Almost all types of essential oils can be used as skin moisturizer. The most common problem is the residue or oily coating on the skin after application. Grapeseed oil is very light thus it is easily absorbed by the skin and it will not leave any oil residue. People with sensitive skin can even apply the oil without developing any allergic reaction.
Another good thing is that grapeseed oil also helps to stimulate skin tissues regeneration and therefore can quicken the healing process of wounds as well.
5. Minimize Skin Aging
The antioxidant properties contained in grapeseed oil are excellent for minimizing skin aging. Fine lines and wrinkles are common indications of aging processes, but the oil may help to reduce the appearance of those signs by providing moisture and enough protections against free radicals that cause them.