How this winemaking byproduct benefits your skin care routinePosted on October 2 Written by: 100% PURE ®
We all know fine wine only gets better with age. But what if components of wine, like grape seeds, could actually slow signs of aging? It just so happens other ingredients extracted from grapes are giving wine a run for its cork – at least in the skin care realm. Grapeseed oil is one such ingredient!
What is grapeseed oil, and how can it help maintain healthy skin? Today we’ll celebrate our newest skin care launch with a highlight on their key ingredient. Our Intensive Nourishing Oil and Intensive Nourishing Balm both feature grapeseed oil in a starring role!
Let’s toast to a new way to enjoy grapes!
Cheers if you guessed grapeseed oil has something to do with vino! Vitis Vinifera Oil, commonly known as grapeseed oil, is extracted from the tiny seeds of grapes. It has a silky texture, and will have a light yellow-green color.
Grapeseed oil packs a powerful punch thanks to natural stores of antioxidants and skin-promoting compounds. High amounts of omega fatty acids – especially linoleic acid – and vitamin E help maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin. Phytochemicals like proanthocyanidins offer serious benefits for UV defense, as studies have linked these compounds to prevention of skin cancer.
Grapeseed oil is a byproduct of winemaking. After wine is made by pressing grapes, tiny seeds are left behind. Grapeseed oil is then extracted from these leftover grape seeds using a cold-pressing extraction method. This process retains the natural skin-loving components of the oil, like omega fatty acids.
Though there are different methods of extracting the oil from the seeds, cold-pressed is best for skin care purposes. This ensures that the active ingredients – and the oil itself – haven’t been chemically altered. This helps to keep its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties intact.
While grapeseed oil is predominantly known for its anti-aging and hydrating properties, we're here to pop the cork and celebrate its seemingly endless uses! Pure, undiluted, and cold pressed oils can aid your anti-aging routine and provide antimicrobial and healing properties.
Check out the top benefits that grapeseed oil can offer to you skin!
#1: Manages acne breakouts
Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that can help control acne by decreasing clogged pores. Acne-prone skin has been found to be deficient in linoleic acid – so adding more of this fatty acid to your skin via grapeseed oil can help to cut back on breakouts. It also rates as a very low 1 on the comedogenic scale, making it ideal for most skin types.
#2: Lightens acne scars
Thanks to its vitamin E and linoleic acid content, grapeseed oil lightens skin discolorations like acne scars and sunspots. Studies have shown that it can help speed up the healing process and decrease the formation of keloid scars: raised, enlarged scarring commonly caused by severe burns, cuts, or acne.
#3: Protects against free radicals
Grapeseed oil is rich in many other superior compounds: beta-carotene, vitamins D, C, E, and polyphenols. These compounds have powerful antioxidant abilities, which can prevent your skin from absorbing the full damage of UV rays or other environmental aggressors.
#4: Moisturizes and balances the skin
Grapeseed oil is chock full of vitamin E, which is excellent for locking moisture into the skin. This vitamin plays an essential role in softening and hydrating the skin’s outer layer. Meanwhile, it’s superstar fatty acid components fortify the skin barrier while smoothing and balancing the skin.
#5: Absorbs easily
Grapeseed oil absorbs easily, delivering intense moisture without leaving skin feeling oily or greasy. Since this lightweight oil penetrates so well, it’s also a superstar ingredient for hair. When applied to your hair, grapeseed oil adds moisture, strength, and shine.
#6: Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
Thanks to the polyphenols found in grapeseed oil, these gems help combat premature aging and wrinkles. Along with fatty acids, grapeseed’s polyphenols also help to mitigate signs of premature aging while boosting circulation. This oil also has natural astringent properties, making the skin look tighter and more youthful.
Grapeseed oil's antimicrobial properties make it an ideal sidekick in your fight against breakouts. It’s mildly astringent properties help reduce inflammation and control the inflammatory response of skin. The oil may be useful for inflammatory conditions such as rosacea, eczema, or who simply have sensitive skin.
#8: Evens skin tone
As we mentioned, grapeseed oil contains a powerful antioxidant ingredient called proanthocyanidin. This antioxidant works on making the skin tone more even, and enhances brightness in the complexion. This oil is known to improve symptoms of melasma and hyperpigmentation when taken orally.
#9: Supports Collagen
Thanks to its vitamin E content, grapeseed oil assists in the production of collagen and improves skin tone. This mighty vitamin, along with proanthocyanidins, increase the restoration rate of collagen meaning firmer, more youthful looking skin.
Grapeseed oil has been flying under the skin care radar for a while, waiting for its chance to steal the show. That’s precisely why we’re pulling back the curtain and shining a spotlight on this superstar ingredient – again! We’re bringing back our new and improved legacy formulas: the Intensive Nourishing Balm and Facial Oil!
If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably recognize grapeseed as a key element in two products we used to carry: the Intensive Nourishing Facial Oil and Intense Nourish Balm. These formulas were so marvelous we decided to bring them back with a few improvements, but the same textures you know and love.
Both of our new products contain grapeseed oil as a key ingredient, but they are different in terms of who can use them based on their skin types.
Our new Intensive Nourishing Facial Oil is great for daytime moisture. It’s light enough to be used on even oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin! Other key ingredients include Black Currant Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil. These ingredients work flawlessly together to benefit most – if not all – skin types.
Our new Intensive Nourishing Balm is ultra rich, and is meant to be used as a spot treatment on both face and body for serious moisture replenishment. Other key ingredients include Avocado Butter, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, plus all key ingredients from our new oil. These ingredients work together to provide the benefits of our oil but with deep, reparative nourishment.
With this foolproof collection of benefits, your skin should be glowing, soft, and supple in no time! Whether you’re dealing with dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin, using grapeseed oil for skin is ideal for a glowing, youthful complexion. Cheers to that!
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