I must confess: until recently, I was a complete beauty novice. Back in my high school and college days, I never knew the difference between a cleanser and exfoliant, and I definitely did not treat my hair and skin as well as I should. But, my beauty negligence caught up with me, and I paid the hefty price of ultra-frizzy hair and skin that was mediocre at best.
Of course, now I strictly abide by a strict skincare regimen and make religious treks to my hair salon for keratin treatments. I’ve had major trial and errors with thousands of products, and each successful item had one hero ingredient: grapeseed oil.
By definition, grapeseed oil has been in existence for over 6,000 years, extracted from grape seeds, which (added bonus) are an abundant byproduct of winemaking. The extraction of oils can be done in several ways, but it’s typically done by cold-pressing the oil retaining the aroma, flavor, and nutrients. Other widespread extractions include introducing chemical solvents like hexane followed by a lengthy process to draw the oils out of the grape seeds. The turn of the 20th century garnered attention from scientists and the like making it a staple treatment for hair, skin, and health benefits. The contents of grapeseed oil include vitamin E, phenolic antioxidants, and 70% omega-6 fatty acids making it a versatile oil many overlook.
The Benefits and Application of Grapeseed Oil for Hair and Skin
The benefits of grapeseed oil are endless, from beauty and cosmetics to skin and health care. Fun Fact: grapeseed oil can improve your sexual appetite by when used as lubricant, as 80% of proanthocyanidins found in grapeseed oil is known to improve sexual health.
But, back to beauty: grapeseed oil is an actual godsend for skin, according to Dr. Lamees Hamdan, Founder and CEO of Shiffa.
“Grapeseed oil is one of the most widely used oils because it is usually well tolerated by all skin types,” she said. “It is a gentle, fast-absorbing oil. Grapeseed oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and these fatty acids, notably linoleic and palmitic, have been shown, in clinical trials, to minimize the depth of wrinkles and scars.”
Dr. Hamdan also notes that grapeseed oil is rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients, such as beta carotene, C,D, and E, a.k.a. major anti-aging aids that help in reducing wrinkles and scars. These vitamins also help tighten the skin, creating a more youthful finish. Vitamns C and E are also fatty acids, and act as amazing emollients for softer and more supple skin.
Grapeseed oil is also packed with antioxidants, creating a clarifying effect that blasts away the worst of breakouts. You can use it as a toner for a deeper cleanse, or as a moisturizer to balance dryness and oily patches.
“Grapeseed oil is a great oil and can be used by any skin type,” said Sam Meyerson, skin therapist at Heyday. “It’s antioxidant-rich and protects your skin from external factors like pollution. Plus, it hydrates your skin, which makes it a good choice for mature skin or the thin skin under your eyes.”
While Dr. Hamdan says that this oil is great for all skin types, she recommends for drier types to mix a richer oil with it, such as avocado.
But when it comes to hair care, grapeseed oil acts as a sealant to moisturize and condition hair. It can also strengthen follicle bonds reducing hair loss, and alleviate dry scalp resulting in inflammation and dandruff buildup. The properties and application of grapeseed oil have been broken down into three categories to assess its beneficial qualities as it pertains to hair on a broader scale:
Seal the Deal
Known to be the lightest oil in the triple threat beauty trio known as, CGO (coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and olive oil) grapeseed oil leaves hair feeling light and airy. The sealant properties in grapeseed oil make it a useful additive to your weekly beauty regime locking in moisture without all the unnecessary deadweight of unwanted grease leaving hair prone to inflammation. Grapeseed oil is also odorless so that it won’t leave a lingering scent.
Growth and Recovery
Grapeseed oil’s moisturizing and conditioning properties are ideal for dry and brittle hair. The vitamin E content in grapeseed oil helps build hair tissue nursing follicles back to health restoring its strength and luster. The linoleic acid in the oil promotes hair growth while antioxidants assist in blocking the production of DHT, a hormone that causes hair loss. Try a simple mixture of grapeseed oil with a few drops of jojoba oil rubbing this concoction into your scalp to treat hair loss.
Refresh and Refine
There’s nothing like a good shake of the white stuff to get your day off to a revving start. Inflammation of the scalp can result in dryness, scabs, sores, and dandruff. A flaky scalp is not a happy scalp so why not turn that frown upside down as grapeseed oil combats hair allergies – it is hypoallergenic, and suits even sensitive scalp. Emollient and nutrients found in grapeseed oil nurture and revitalize the growth of healthy skin cells. Massage a bit of the magical elixir into your scalp in a circular motion, loosening the skin while allowing the oil to be absorbed, as well as promoting blood flow. It’s all about a soft and gentle touch on this one.
Grapeseed Oil Products for Hair
The natural oil phenomenon isn’t slowing down anytime soon as many opt for an organic take to their beauty and health regime that can forego western medicine or a quick fix. Grapeseed oil allows your hair a chance to restore and repair the damage that is easily attainable for the naysayers and skeptics (like me) who instead run from the beauty supply store or consultation with your local hair stylist. Enrich your locks and skin in a way that best suits you and skip the fussy stuff through the use of these grapeseed oil infused products:
Set it and Forget it
A hair mask a day will keep the hairdresser away. Hair masks are a great way to repair damaged hair by replenishing moisture retention, elasticity, and sheen, and conditioning. The BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque, hydrates and conditions hair as a pre-shampoo incorporating a nourishing fusion of coconut, argan, macadamia nut, sweet almond, safflower seed, and grapeseed oil in a balm-to-oil formula.
Soft to the Touch
Nothing beats walking into a room and having your hair noticed before you are. The soft and sultry approach is a winner every time. Grapeseed oil strips the hair of any inflammation that results in a dry and itchy scalp, and that snowflake syndrome better known as dandruff. To keep your hair soft to the touch, use Aveda Invati Thickening Conditioner to restore strength and improve hair elasticity, reducing breakage.
As a sealant, grapeseed oil acts as a great serum when applied after a weekly hair wash and condition. The components found within grapeseed oil locks in moisture when applied to damp hair. Locking in the moisture will prevent frizz, split ends, and brittle hair. Try ORIBE Côte d’Azur Luminous Hair & Body Oil a two for one deal an essential for both hair and body. This oil is a beautiful blend of grapeseed and passion flower extracts, sweet almond and nourishing argan oil to engage moisture and impart a satin glow and silky finish.
Do Blondes Have More Fun?
Dyed hair can be the most difficult to manage as the constant toners, dyes, and products can wear hair follicles to the ground resulting in breakage and unwarranted damage. The PHILIP B Icelandic Blonde Conditioner cancels out warm, brassy tones while deeply nourishing hair, so it shines bright. The grapeseed oil will illuminate and nourish processed hair exuding a natural and effortless glow.
For the Curly Girls
This one is for all my curly leading ladies, as it took quite some time to embrace my natural locks. The imperfectly perfect kinky curl that I’ve come to love and adore is a punctuation mark when worn with pride. Grapeseed oil is not only great for natural and texturized hair, but its a must to contain those effortless curls and unleash that killer mane to the world. The DEVACURL How to Quit Shampoo: The Original Cleanse & Condition Curl Kit is a gift from above. Try coating your hair in the grapeseed oil infused cleanse and condition duo. Leave products in for ten minutes before rinsing it out with cold water for an easy deep-conditioning treatment.
Perfecting your hair care routine isn’t a walk in the park, where I can contest to this fact, but allowing yourself to put in the time and effort in finding the best products and treatments can alleviate some of the stress along the way. Hair isn’t perfect; it isn’t meant to be. Hair is messy, it’s unruly, and a headache sometimes but it’s what makes you, you. Grapeseed oil like many natural oils has numerous beneficial properties, from moisturizing and conditioning to strengthening and reviving. Grapeseed oil adheres to all hair types and deserves a space amidst your other holy grail hair care must-haves.
Grapeseed Oil Products for Skin
This micro-exfoliant is not for the faint of heart (or sensitive skin types). This grapeseed-infused treatment gives you an organic alternative to the average chemical dermabrasion, and sloughs away any dead skin and pore-clogging grime with the power of grape seed, jojoba, and clay.
The Deep Cleanse
If your skin is sensitive to the harsh ingredients most cleansers and face washes contain, then this instant foaming cleanser is your next skincare BFF. The natural, foam-free cleanser is packed with antioxidants via the addition of grapeseed oil to cleanse, purify, and soften your skin all at once.
There’s nothing like a good facial oil to give your skin an extra hydration boost. It’s infused with a variety of skincare heros like grapeseed oil, evening primerose, and jojoba oils to give your skin the ultimate treatment. Not only does it boost hydration, but it also prevents free radical damage, improves elasticity and restores a healthy complexion for healthier, radiant skin.
This grapeseed-infused oil is the elixir of every girl’s dreams. It’s fused together with an abundance of natural oils and nourishing components to purify, balance, and radiate your skin. It stops breakouts in its tracks and brings back the glow you’ve been searching for. And to top it all off, there’s a small emarald at the bottom of the bottle, giving your skin (and your #shelfies) a much-needed glow up.