Let’s start with the basics. What is Grapeseed oil?
As the name indicates, grapeseed oil is an oil taken from the grape seed. The process of extraction can differ depending on the manufacturer, but the grapeseed oil output is drawing attention for its powerful antioxidant. Grapeseed oil derives its antioxidant capacity from proanthocyanidins. (Yes, long word that only dermatologists and botanists can pronounce.) Proanthocyanidins belong to the flavonoid family, which are found in several plant sources including cranberry, black currant, green tea, and black tea.
Our Tru Whole Care dermatologist, Dr. Brooke Bair, explains, “Proanthocyanidins are said to have the capacity to stabilize collagen and elastin within the skin, which results in a tighter, more youthful look. As we age, the collagen density of our skin decreases, making skin less taught and giving the appearance of age. As a result, any product that can act to reverse or slow down that process would help the skin appear more youthful. Grapeseed oil is emerging as a key element not only in the battle against the signs of aging, but has also shown benefits in wound healing and vascular diseases.”
Is it Worth the Hype?
Most of the evidence for now is anecdotal in the use of grapeseed oil. There are no double-blind studies on grapeseed oil as an effective treatment to combat the effects of aging on the skin. That being said, feedback from early usage has been so positive and compelling that many experts in the dermatological field have begun adopting grapeseed oil as an effective anti-aging treatment.
Tips on how to use it
At Tru Whole Care, our esthetician Marissa uses grapeseed oil during some of our facial services. For everyday use, Marissa recommends a light layer once daily to be applied immediately after washing your face. It can be applied either before bed with a moisturizer or in the morning before makeup as a primer. Grapeseed oil is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores and cause breakouts. If you have more oily skin, it might be best to start using the oil two to three-times weekly and see how your skin feels with it.
Tips on how to choose the best bottle
Dr. Bair recommends selecting an organic grapeseed oil that uses cold pressed technology as the extraction method. This process retains more of Vitamins A, K and E within the seed, which enhances the overall antioxidant capabilities. Dr. Bair’s Product Recommendation is Sky Organics Natural and Cold pressed Grape Seed Oil.