Ingredient Profile: Grapeseed Oil - Lumoir

Ingredient Profile: Grapeseed Oil

It’s Friday and we are running out of drawers to organize and face masks to make. Just like you, we are wondering when we can finally start getting back to normal life. Until then, we are diving into topics that might be of interest to you (and your skin). 

We want to take a look at one of the top new organic skincare product ingredients:grapeseed oil.If you’re late to the party or simply haven’t had a chance to look into it, we’re here to fill you in on this trending ingredient. With multiple benefits ranging from exfoliation to skin firming, it’s no wonder this ingredient is the talk of the town!Being knowledgeable about popular ingredients makes it that much easier to pick out newskincare products from what can be an overwhelming shelf, which is why we’re here to give you the scoop on grapeseed oil. Read on to learn more about this oil and how it can take your skincare products to the next level. 

First of all, what is it?Grapeseed oil is a byproduct derived from grapes used to make wine, and while it’s most commonly touted as a healthier alternative to vegetable oil, it offers some impressive skin-enhancing benefits for virtuallyall skin types (whether you haveoily and/or acne-prone skin or not) when applied topically. It contains a potent concentration of Vitamin E and linoleic acid, which are two powerful fatty acids that strengthen the skin’s barrier and function as shield againstharmful environmental elements. There are different methods of extracting the oil from the seeds, but for cosmetic purposes,cold-pressed is best. “Cold-pressed oils may have more active potential, since they haven’t been heated, distilled, or processed,” says Los Angeles-based board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, MD. This helps to keep its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties intact. 

Benefit #1: Exfoliation. According to a study from theUnited States Patent Office, evidence suggests exfoliators with grapeseed oil exhibit significantly better exfoliant activity when compared to other vegetable oils containingvitamin E such as corn and canola oil.

Benefit #2: Hyperpigmentation. A study from theInternational Journal of Cosmetic Science (IJCS) found that a water-in-oil cream formulated with grapeseed extract worked to improve the appearance of isolated incidents of hyperpigmentation. The combination of vitamin E and linoleic acid serves yet another purpose, too. Itlightens skin discolorations such as acne scars and sunspots.

Benefit #3: Sagging skin. As we age, our skin loses elasticity. The IJCS study also found that a cream formulated with grapeseed extract helped firm sagging skin. Antioxidants found in grape-seed oil also help to stimulate collagen production which makes it a great anti-aging solution for wrinkles and skin-tightening.

Benefit #4: UV damage. It’s no secret that ultra-violet (UV) radiation can result in premature aging. Fortunately, per a study from theUnited States Patent Office, the topical application of a grapeseed oil-containing composition suggests the ability of this ingredient to protect skin’s surface from damaging free-radicals, such as exposure to UV radiation.

Benefit #5: Banishes acne.Skin that’s deficient in linoleic acidhas been shown to be more acne-prone. So, adding more of this fatty acid to your skin via grape-seed oil can help to cut back on breakouts.Grape-seed oil also has antimicrobial properties, which may assist in these efforts.

 Ifyou don’t believe us, these celebs have touted the benefits of grapeseed oil.

Turns out celebs aren't immune to the benefits of grapeseed oil either. Emma Stone, who is also a big fan of argan oil, told Marie Claire that she loves using natural oils as part of her skincare routine. "I use natural grapeseed oil from the grocery store on my face as moisturiser," Stone revealed. "After the shower, I pat it on, and then I’ll use it throughout the day and at night.”

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Nicole Richie also swears by grapeseed oil as part of her body care routine.  "I use multiple oils for my body," she told Into the Gloss. "Grapeseed oil is nice. I'm very natural."

Let's face it, we can all use a little easy beauty right now. 

So, soak it up skin!