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Grapeseed Oil: Natural Beauty All-Star

February 25, 2014

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No one natural substance answers all beauty challenges, but grapeseed oil comes close. Useful as both a culinary ingredient and a component of cosmetics and creams, grapeseed oil has been employed for thousands of years as an effective multi-tasker to treat both health and beauty problems. What's more, all skins will drink up and benefit from grapeseed oil, regardless of skin type or beauty issue, be it acne or fine lines around the eyes and mouth.

What is Grapeseed Oil?

In the process of making wine, clear, light oil is pressed from the seeds of grapes after they have been juiced. This oil has the ability to balance the skin’s moisture levels and improve skin health in multiple ways, and can be used in its pure form, or mixed into a natural moisturizer. Either way, grapeseed oil is one beauty ingredient worth looking into and seeking out.

Beauty Benefits of Grapeseed Oil

Although lightweight in texture, grapeseed oil is a heavy hitter for all skin types, from oily to dry, from sore and sensitive to sole-of-feet tough. This multiple-use oil is for all skins in all seasons. The specific qualities of grapeseed oil make it helpful for a number of conditions:

Treat Your Acne

Grapeseed oil effectively treats and heals pimples, small wounds and lesions, and scars. Just recently, I deliberately refrained from putting acne medication on a large pimple on the bridge of my nose, and instead rubbed grapeseed oil-rich moisturizer on it--the pimple is already healing, without having any harsh chemicals applied to it.

Get Rid of Wrinkles

Grapeseed oil deeply moisturizes skin without clogging pores, making it a valuable anti-aging treatment. Both deep wrinkles, such as those that extend from the nostrils to the edges of the mouth, and fine wrinkles, such as those at the corners of the eyes and around the lips, benefit from having grapeseed oil gently massaged in both morning and night. Grapeseed oil also moisturizes dry, crepe-y skin around the eyes and even on the arms.

Elminate Dark Circles

Grapeseed oil can fade dark, unattractive under-eye circles when gently applied onto them twice daily. Pat it into skin using your ring finger (rather than your stronger index finger) to avoid damaging the delicate skin around your eyes.

How to Use Grapeseed Oil

Choose a natural moisturizer rich in grapeseed oil as your go-to facial cream, use grapeseed oil straight, or mix it into your favorite healthy cream or lotion for a refreshing, moisturizing treatment that will make your skin feel like satin.

If you choose to use it on its own, without a cream base, be aware that a little goes a long way. When putting pure grapeseed oil onto your skin, both on your face and elsewhere on your body, start with a few drops and gently massage in a circular motion. Apply more as needed, but remember that this stuff packs a strong punch!

If using a cream-based grapeseed oil moisturizer, dot small amounts on your cheeks, forehead, above and below your mouth, on your throat, and on your neck. Gently massage the cream into your skin using upward strokes directed in a circular motion. Grapeseed oil makes an excellent moisturizing treatment for your neck and decollete.

Have you tried grapeseed oil? What new uses have you found for it?