Grapeseed oil is this millennium's best-kept secret. It's one of the few oils that benefit all skin types- oily, dry, combination, acne-prone, or sensitive. This oil tackles a wide array of skin issues.
Today we'll demystify grapeseed oil and its benefits. We'll also show you the best ways to use it.
This oil comes from grape seeds. The seeds are crushed then mixed with a solvent to extract the oils. Some producers use the expeller press or cold-press method to create a healthier, solvent-free oil.
Winemakers usually throw out the seeds, since they don't need seeds to make wine. As such, the seeds are easily accessible and affordable for producers and consumers. As a result, grapeseed oil is more sustainable than some of the other oils like palm oil.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from the fatty part of the plant, whereas essential oils come from the non-fatty parts. Hence grapeseed is an excellent carrier oil. Here at Sole Toscana, we use this oil as one of the ingredients in our Espresso Bright Eyes cream.
Grapeseed oil is a solution for a multitude of skin issues.
Using this oil is easy. You don't need cotton balls, pads, or q-tips. Just apply it to the skin directly with clean hands. Pure grapeseed oil can be used directly on the face. Doing this at bedtime lets it sit and settle into the skin overnight.
You can also add it to your DIY cream, moisturizer or lotion.
Use grapeseed oil as the base for your DIY hydrating face or body mask when your skin feels dry.
We recommend starting with a spot test to check for any adverse reactions. Apply the oil to a specific spot daily. Do this for 4-5 days to make sure you don't develop a rash or reaction. After this time, apply the oil once on the first day, then increase frequency when you're sure your skin agrees with the product.
Apart from skincare, here are other versatile ways you use the oil:
A hair mask made from this oil hydrates the scalp, thus promoting hair growth. It also reduces dandruff by keeping your scalp moisturized.
You can use it either on its own, or as a base to mix with essential oils such as sandalwood, lavender, and chamomile. Use this oil blend for a full body massage.
The relatively high smoke point makes it great for sauteing. The oil's neutral flavor allows you to add in whatever flavors you desire without it overtaking the dish.
Grapeseed oil makes for a perfect natural lubricant.
Ingesting Grapeseed capsules is another option. They contain 80% proanthocyanidins, which increase libido.
We recommend that you consult with a medical professional before introducing grapeseed oil to your body. If you're using other medications or supplements, the oil might react with them in unexpected ways. Common side effects include nausea, stomach upsets, headache, itching, and sore throat.
Very high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids cause harm to the body . When the levels of Omega-6s are higher than Omega-3s, your risk of heart disease and obesity increases.
If used well, grapeseed oil can nourish any skin type. Make sure to buy only organic, cold-pressed, solvent-free oil varieties. The less processed it is; the better. You can find trustworthy grapeseed oil products at many stores or online at Sole Toscana.
The Sole Toscana Skincare Team