What is Grape Seed Oil?
Grape Seed Extract and its oil is derived from the seeds of a grape. Due to their nutritional and medicinal properties grapes, their seeds, and leaves have been used in many home remedies for centuries. Grape Seed Oil is a great source of polyphenols – flavonoids, Essential Fatty Acid – linoleic acid, vitamin E, and oligomeric proanthocyanidin. These great components make grape seed oil an asset in the treatment of many minor to severe health conditions. It has also been used in the production of massage oils and balms, hair and hygienic products, face and body moisturizers, as well as in sunblocks and sunburn ointments. Even though, Grape Seed Oil and its Extract are derived from Grape Seeds, they have different uses due to the different concentration levels of their components.
Here are some of the reasons I use this precious oil in my hair
Grapeseed oil is often found in hair care products as it’s known to help make it soft and smooth, and even promote hair growth. The oil is ideal for moisturizing and conditioning dry hair, as it’s lighter than coconut oil and olive oil, and won’t leave your hair feeling greasy. As it has no scent, it won’t leave a lingering odor either. The oil works to prevent frizz, split ends and brittle hair while locking in moisture.
Grape seed oil also has the ability to address hair loss, dandruff and weakened hair. Here’s a little tip – coating the hair in the oil and allowing it to set for 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water, will likely leave you with more attractive, healthier, stronger and even longer hair. The high vitamin E content, proteins, minerals and linoleic acid are what you have to thank for it.
As mentioned, many people use grape seed oil to benefit their hair and skin, mainly for its emollient properties. That’s why you’ll see it in so many cosmetics, such as creams, lotions and lip balm. Its powerful antioxidant properties can also work to delay skin aging by minimizing damage caused by free radicals. It leaves the skin looking younger, improving overall appearance.
The oil can also offer protection against sun damage, and it has astringent properties which work to tighten the skin. Because it contains linoleic acid, it can also benefit a variety of skin problems, including acne, eczema and dermatitis. This same compound helps to nourish and soothe as well as aiding in the repair of the skin. Vitamin E is the component that helps the skin stay smooth and firm. The oil can be used to help reduce age spots, relieve a sunburn, diminish wrinkles and stretch marks.
While it may sound counter-intuitive to use an oil to treat oily skin, grape seed oil can surprisingly do just that. If you allow your skin to dry out, it can actually increase the oiliness of your skin as that’s the skin’s natural reaction when it gets too dry. Grape seed oil is light so it doesn’t leave the skin with a heavy, greasy feeling. Instead, it moisturizes while balancing oily and dry areas.
The oil can help to restore collagen too, thanks to it being rich in those OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins). These compounds help to eradicate free radicals and promote the restoration of collagen at the cellular level. It makes your skin feel firmer, while also minimizing and preventing signs of damage.