Returning to nature for healthy skin and hair solutions is a continuing trend, and it's one that we're happy to see. Natural extracts provide solutions that are gentle on the body yet incredibly effective.
Plant botanicals and oils are some of nature's most potent skin-healthy solutions and generally work better on skin and hair than their synthetic counterparts. Natural ingredients work synergistically with your skin and hair to bring about health and radiance, making them the best choice in terms of skin-conscious solutions.
We've already talked about rosehip oil and rosewater. Another natural oil that is highly beneficial to skin care and hair care is grapeseed oil.
Here we'll talk about what grapeseed oil is, how it helps your skin and hair and how you can incorporate it into your routine.
What is Grapeseed Oil?
If you're a lover of wine, you've got another reason to love the fruit that produces it. The seeds of grapes that are left over after winemaking are the source of grapeseed oil.
Grapeseed oil is a neutral oil with a mild flavor that allows other flavors to shine when cooking. Although it is not intended for high-heat cooking, it can be used in sautéing. Its most popular use, however, is in beauty and skincare products.
How Grapeseed Oil Is Made
Grapeseed oil is made after the wine has been pressed from grapes. The remaining grape seeds are pressed to extract oil. There are two methods for pressing grape seeds.
1. Chemical extraction. In this process, grape seeds are exposed to a chemical solvent that pulls the oil from the grape seed. This is the most popular method of extraction as it ensures the entirety of the oil is removed.
Because grape seeds are tiny, they yield an equally small amount of oil. Chemical extraction ensures all the fat is removed, making it a more cost-effective way to extract oil.
2. Cold pressing. Some users prefer grape seed oil that has been cold-pressed. In this method, the grape seeds are mechanically squeezed to yield oil. Cold-pressed grapeseed oil retains a higher nutrient profile, and there is no chance of chemical solvent residue contaminating the finished product.
Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Skin
Grapeseed oil is rich in vitamin E and vitamin C and powerful antioxidants that may even out skin tone. More importantly, unlike coconut oil, grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores. This is what makes it so great for acne-prone skin types and those with oily skin.
Rich in Antioxidants
Grapeseed oil's vitamin E content makes it a great addition to skincare products. Vitamin E is one of nature's most potent antioxidants.
Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules (having only one electron instead of two) constantly searching for balanced molecules.
When free radicals find balanced molecules, they steal one of their electrons, causing damage. This damage shows up on your skin in the form of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sunspots or age spots
- Loss of elasticity
- Decrease in collagen
- Dull, uneven complexion
This is why antioxidants are often marketed as anti-aging ingredients because they can help slow down signs of aging.
Keeps It Moisturized
Your skin needs both emollients and humectants to stay adequately moisturized and maintain a soft texture. Emollients work by keeping your skin soft and conditioning the skin to improve overall skin texture. Grapeseed oil is also rich in omega fatty acids that can help restore the skin's lipid barrier.
Humectants work by forming a protective layer over the skin to help it retain moisture. It helps seal in and prevent moisture loss, resulting in skin that is deeply nourished.
Grapeseed oil works as both an emollient and a humectant, making it an excellent source of moisture for your skin.
Soothes and Calms
Grapeseed oil is soothing to the skin. Its high concentration of linolenic acid helps calm red, rashy, irritated, and dry skin. Even those with chronic skin conditions like dermatitis can find relief when using products containing grapeseed oil.
Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Hair and Scalp
Grapeseed oil isn't just great for your skin. It's fantastic for your hair, too. You can get some of the same great benefits for your hair by using grapeseed infused hair care products.
The rich vitamin E content of grapeseed oil is a natural candidate for keeping your hair moisturized and conditioned. Grapeseed oil is a lightweight ingredient that helps keep hair healthy, shiny, and frizz-free without weighing hair down and leaving it feeling greasy.
Shiny hair is a sign of healthy, happy hair. Natural oils, like grapeseed oil, have been shown to penetrate the hair follicle, promoting health and increasing your hair the natural shine and texture.
Soothes Your Scalp
We can all be a little flaky from time to time, and numerous hair conditions, including occasional dandruff, are due to dry, dehydrated scalp skin. Grapeseed oil's fatty acid content helps keep your scalp nourished, hydrated, and replenished, so you see fewer flakes and feel more comfortable.
Our Postbiotic Hydrating Conditioner
When your skin and scalp microbiome are unbalanced, your hair and skin are unhealthy. Combining powerful, natural skin and hair care ingredients like grapeseed oil with prebiotics, probiotics, or postbiotics can help replenish your skin microbiome and restore balance.
In our Postbiotic Hydrating Conditioner, grapeseed oil works synergistically with postbiotics to help deliver nourishment and balance to your hair.
A blend of grapeseed oil, natural butter, and jojoba esters combined with postbiotics to:
- Balance the microbiome of the scalp;
- Reduce flakes and dryness;
- Increase moisture;
- Improve shine;
- Help increase hair manageability; and
- Support healthy hair growth.
This conditioner works for all hair types. It moisturizes your locks with grapeseed and jojoba without weighing it down and feeling heavy or greasy.
The Bottom Line
Grapeseed oil is a natural oil that can help benefit both the skin and hair. Naturally derived from the seeds of grapes leftover from wine-pressing, grapeseed oil's high Vitamin E and fatty acid content make it a valuable addition to skin and hair products. Not to mention, it's rich in antimicrobial properties that keep harmful bacteria at bay, thus protecting your skin's microbiome.
Combining grapeseed oil with postbiotics can help balance and restore the skin microbiome, which can become unbalanced using traditional hair and skincare. Mother Dirt biotic-infused skin and haircare products help replenish and restore what's been lost, bringing peace and harmony back to your skin microbiome.
All in all, grapeseed oil comes with little-to-none side effects and can be great for almost everyone.