Essential oils work like magic on your skin. They erase premature signs of ageing, slough off dead skin cells, heal scars, treat acne and leave your skin soft and supple. What better reason to incorporate natural oils in your skincare regimen?
However, to make the most of your essential oils, it’s important to use them the right way. Some oils could cause skin irritation when used topically, therefore, it’s ideal to mix them into your regular creams, lotions and moisturisers. The most commonly used essential oils in skincare are jojoba, argan, coconut, lavender and tea tree to name a few. But, with new and upcoming skincare trends, there’s no end to facial oils. Yes, there’s an all-new essential oil doing the rounds in the beauty circuit, which has got some surprising skin-boosting properties and is derived from a very popular fruit. It’s called grapeseed oil!
What is grapeseed oil?
As the name suggests, grapeseed oil is extracted from grapes that are used to make wine. Once the grapes are pressed, the seeds are left over. The oil is then extracted from the seeds using various methods, cold-pressed being the best of them all. Oils created in this way are the most concentrated and full of nutrients. Grapeseed oil contains Vitamin E, omega fatty acids and high levels of linoleic acid, and therefore, beneficial to the skin in many ways.
What are the skin benefits of grapeseed oil?
- Fights acne: Using essential oils on oily, acne-prone skin can be tricky. You don’t want to further worsen the condition of your skin. But, the good news is that grapeseed oil is a boon for all those with oily skin. Since grapeseed oil contains omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid, it makes for one of the best oils to control acne by decreasing clogged pores. It’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties reduce breakouts, and Vitamin E lessens the appearance of acne scars.
- Prevents premature ageing: The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in late 20s and early 30s has become a common phenomenon, thanks to the lifestyles we lead. But, we’ve finally found the answer to premature ageing. Yes, it is grapeseed oil! The polyphenols in grapeseed oil not only slow the ageing process but also reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots and wrinkles gradually.
- Treats uneven tone: Over-exposure to the sun and overproduction of melanin causes skin discolouration. The combination of linoleic acid and Vitamin E in grapeseed oil can help treat this skin concern. Applying the oil regularly can help light skin discolouration such as dark spots and acne scars, leaving you with a more even complexion.
- Gives a youthful glow: Environmental factors such as pollution and heat as well as lifestyle habits such as over-washing and sleeping with makeup on can make your skin lacklustre. To keep that youthful glow intact, grapeseed oil is your best bet. The antioxidants present in this oil help stimulate collagen production, which in turn leaves your skin looking healthy and youthful.