29 Fantastic Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Face, Skin, Hair and Health

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Grapeseed oil benefits for skin and hair

Grape seed oil is not high on people’s lists of essential oils. It’s fair to say, most people haven’t heard of it, let alone know what it can do. But the benefits of grapeseed oil for face and skin care are quite unique and really worth checking out. And we could stop there, leaving grape seed oil as a fantastic addition to our home remedy beauty care. But skin care is only half the story. Grapeseed oil has a host of medicinal properties that are being put to good use across a range of ailments as research mounts up about the oil’s healing properties. With that in mind, maybe you should take a little more notice of this humble oil and see what it can do for you. You just might be surprised.

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Beauty Benefits of Grapeseed oil for face and skin

1) Promotes Skin Health

Grapeseed oil is one of the best oils for treating skin conditions and improving overall skin health. Grape seed oil is not just a rich source of phenolic compounds and vitamins,  but also it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

It has one power-house of a compound, linoleic acid which is a must have for any skin application. Linoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid is considered an essential fatty acid. It is ‘essential’ as the body cannot synthesize it, so it needs to be ingested or applied topically. It is used by the body within the cell membranes, and when there is a deficiency, cell membrane structures are compromised. If the cell membrane fails, this translates into a whole raft of skin conditions as well as a host of wider health problems.

Linoleic acid is quite simply essential for skin and if you want glowing skin, you need some of this essential fatty acid.

2) Postpones Symptoms of Aging

Grapeseed oil helps postpone the obvious symptoms of aging such as wrinkles and loose skin. Grapeseed oil is also rich in antioxidants which destroy free radicals which are so effective at breaking down the collagen in the skin over time.[1] Collagen, which is essential to maintain the elasticity of skin and remove dead skin cells, also maintains the youthful look of the skin. Grapeseed oil contains the antioxidants called flavonoids,  which are so important for slowing down the aging process. Grape seed oil has astringent properties that tighten the skin and keep it young.

Tip: Take some grape seed oil in your hands and apply it to your face before going to bed. Don’t forget to apply under your eyes. Gently massage the oil into the skin for a few minutes.

3) Provides sun protection

It is effective against ultraviolet radiation-induced sunburn and skin sensitivity and provides a natural sunscreen for the skin. [2]

The anti-inflammatory property of vitamin E, which is abundant in grapeseed oil, helps to prevent skin inflammation caused by exposure to UV rays. While one would not recommend it as the only sunscreen one should use, daily application to the face will keep you protected.

4) Moisturises

Grapeseed oil is an excellent moisturizer as it is easily absorbed into the skin. The ease with which it is absorbed helps ensure that the antioxidants in the oil penetrate deep below the surface. Vitamin E is also an effective treatment for dermatitis and dry skin. The oil also promotes effective skin penetration for this vitamin.

5) Prevents Acne

The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of grape seed oil help in treating acne.  The oil is non-comedogenic which means that it won’t clog your pores. By moisturizing with grapeseed oil, you replace the sebum which is a natural oily secretion of the skin. The bacteria that cause acne feed on this sebum and when it is replaced with grapeseed oil, the bacteria’s food supply is cut off. The oil also kills the bacteria so the follicle infections die down. Also, as the oil is anti-inflammatory, moisturizing will soothe those painful pimples. [4]

6) Treats bags under the eyes

It is also useful in treating bags under the eyes. Bags under your eyes are also known as puffy eyes and they are caused primarily due to aging. Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy lifestyle, and fatigue also a cause. Either way, the anti-aging properties of grapeseed oil are an effective home remedy.

Tip: Take a small amount of oil in your hands and gently massage onto your face and skin. You can also add it to butter and apply to your skin.

Beauty Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Hair

7) Boosts Hair Health

One of the concerns shared across the world is premature hair loss. It is quite common to find people going bald even before their forties. If you are one such person, you will find the right solution in grape seed oil. The oil prevents age-related hair

The oil prevents age-related hair loss and promotes hair growth by promoting blood flow to hair follicles. Its antioxidant properties also prevent thinning of hair. Linoleic acid and vitamin E in grape seed oil are the active ingredients that promote hair health. Tocotrienols of vitamin E family are powerful antioxidants which aid in reducing the risk of alopecia or hair loss caused by this autoimmune skin condition. [6]

8) Prevents dandruff

Grapeseed oil addresses dandruff. Itchy and flaky scalps can often be caused by a linoleic acid deficiency as the cell membranes in the scalp break down, and the skin cell flakes off. Grapeseed oil replenishes and nourishes the skin cells in the scalp, preventing the condition. Also the oil is antimicrobial and so it tackles the bacteria that can cause dandruff.

9) Moisturises dry and itchy scalps

We’ve already mentioned the beauty benefits of grapeseed oil for face and skin care, and the scalp is no different. Grapeseed oil is an effective home remedy for dry skin and itchy scalps.

10) Promotes hair growth and strong hair

The moisturizing properties of the oil allow the antioxidants and vitamin E deep below the surface of the scalp and just as these compounds nourish your skin cells, they also nourish the hair follicles, promoting stronger growth.

Here is how you use grapeseed oil for hair growth:

Method 1

  • Take about five tablespoons of grape seed oil and add two teaspoons of lavender oil or rosemary oil.
  • Warm the mixture and apply it on your scalp and hair. Apply the oil from the root of the hair to your tips. After applying on your scalp massage gently for a few minutes.
  • Wait for about 30 minutes till the oil gets absorbed. You can leave your hair uncovered or wrap a towel around your head.
  • Rinse your hair well. You can use a mild shampoo if needed.

Method 2

  • Warm four tablespoons of grape seed oil.
  • Wet your hair.
  • Apply the warm oil on your wet hair.
  • Wash your hair after 20 minutes with warm water first and follow it up with cool water.

Do either of the methods twice a week for best results.

Health benefits of Grapeseed oil

11) Promotes Heart Health

Grape seed oil promotes heart health by increasing good cholesterol levels and lowering bad cholesterol. Antioxidant property of grape seed oil prevents damage to blood vessels, thereby preventing high blood pressure.[7] It reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and angina. Proanthocyanidin in grape seed is a powerful antioxidant that prevents abnormal blood clotting and thereby strokes.

It is recommended to take about 300mg of grape seed oil a day for 12 weeks for optimum results. The dose can be split into two.

12) Effective For Diabetes And Associated Conditions

Diabetes, one of the most common health conditions, and its associated health issues are effectively treated with grapeseed oil. Blood sugar levels and glucose levels are controlled in diabetes mellitus patients who take grapeseed oil. A compound called Proanthocyanidin in grapeseed oil checks sugar spikes. The oil also delays digestion and absorption of carbohydrates thereby reducing the risk of raised glucose levels after meals [8].

Grapeseed oil also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases in patients with Type 2 diabetes [9]. It also helps with quicker healing of leg ulcers due to gangrene in diabetic patients.

Seek advice from a professional herbalist about the dosage to be taken for diabetes.

13) Boosts Immunity

Grape seed oil is an immune booster. Proanthocyanidin in grapeseed oil helps with the production of glutathione, the supreme antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. Regular use of grapeseed oil protects the body from viruses, infection and other adverse influences.

Grape seed extract boosts Th2, which is one of the two parts of the immune system.

Caution

Those with Th2 dominance should refrain from using grape seed extract as it may result in an imbalance of the two parts of the immune system.

14) Cures Varicose Veins

Grape seed oil helps to strengthen the walls of veins thereby increasing circulation and proving an effective home remedy for varicose veins. Proanthocyanidin in grape seed helps to reduce swelling in legs caused by varicose veins. Grapeseed oil also aids in reducing leakage in veins and repairing damaged blood vessels thereby boosting circulation [11].

Tip: Massage your legs with the oil for few minutes daily.

Caution

Those who use blood thinners and other medication should seek professional assistance regarding grapeseed oil intake as it may interfere with certain prescribed drugs.

15) Cancer Cure And Prevention

Grape seed oil is considered to be more powerful than chemotherapy. The best part of using grape seed oil is that it comes without side effects. Proanthocyanidin in grapeseed oil is highly effective in destroying cancer cells. It checks UVB-induced cancer causing substance. Grapeseed oil checks growth of cancer cells causes cell cycle arrest in cancer cells thereby preventing the growth of cancer cells [12].

Grapeseed oil has been effectively used for treating skin, breast, lung, colon, stomach and prostate cancer.

Tip: Grape seed oil can be used for cooking and can be used instead of regular cooking oils.

16) Heals Wounds Quicker

Grape seed oil has a two-way approach to heal wounds quicker. It helps the body produce more of a substance, which aids in regenerating damaged blood vessels. It also increases free radicals at the wound site as free radicals destroy pathogenic bacteria in the wound [13]. Apart from healing the wound faster, using grape seed oil makes the newly formed tissue denser.

Apply the oil on the wound. Leave it to be absorbed.

17) Cures Arthritis

The antioxidant, circulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of grape seed oil aid in relieving arthritic conditions. It fights inflammation and checks the free radical damage. Grape seed oil lubricates the joints thereby improving flexibility.

Studies have proved the efficiency of grape seed oil in treating rheumatoid arthritis [14]. It helps to prevent bone damage. Grape seed oil is also used in treating osteoporosis.

It is recommended to have up to 300 milligrams daily for 21 days.

18) Lowers High Blood Pressure

Polyphenols in grape seed oil help to lower high blood pressure. It is effective for both diastolic and systolic blood pressure [15]. Grape seed oil is also effective in lowering blood pressure in metabolic syndrome patients. Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which a combination of health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are present.

19) Treats Cognitive Disorders Including Dementia and Alzheimer.

Cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia can badly impact the quality of one’s life. Studies have proved the effectiveness of grape seed oil in promoting cognitive functions. It also aids in delaying the onset of Alzheimer. Polyphenolics in grape seed oil are potent antioxidants that if consumed before cognitive disorder can prevent or postpone the health condition. Likewise, if taken after the onset of Alzheimer’s, grape seed oil reduces the symptoms associated with the disease [16].

20) Cures Asthma Symptoms

Grape seed oil is effective for asthma symptoms. Anti-inflammatory properties of proanthocyanidin in grape seed oil help to cure allergic conditions. Grape seed oil suppresses airway resistance and inflammation. Since it is also an immune booster, it reduces asthma incidences.

Some of the changes in lungs such as reduction of the size of air-sac, thickening of the alveolar wall during asthma attack are eliminated by grape seed oil. The Proanthocyanidin in grape seed is a powerful antioxidant, which helps to boost immunity, offers relief from asthma. When compared to vitamin C and vitamin E, which are effective for asthma, Proanthocyanidin is twenty to fifty times more potent and hence highly beneficial for asthma [17].

21) Improves Bone Strength

Being a rich source of calcium, grape seed oil is highly recommended for boosting bone strength and for treating osteoporosis. It also helps with bone formation. Studies confirm the effectiveness of grape seed and pomegranate fruit as a superfood for increasing bone density [18].

22) Reduces Swelling Post Surgery

Swelling can be caused due to various reasons including prolonged hours of standing or sitting, hormonal changes, certain health conditions and intake of certain medication. The antioxidant properties of grape seed oil help to cure chronic venous insufficiency, a condition in which blood pools in legs due to inefficient functioning of veins, which makes blood flow from leg back to heart difficult.

23) Boosts Blood Circulation

Grape seed oil boosts blood circulation thereby promoting overall wellness. Proanthocyanidin and flavonoids in grape seed oil support the function of capillaries thereby promoting microcirculation. By promoting blood circulation, grape seed oil treats various health conditions including varicose veins and erectile dysfunction [19].

24) Improves Vision

Proanthocyanidin, the potent antioxidant in grape seed reduces inflammatory markers thereby reducing the risk of cataracts. It also protects the human lens epithelial cells from damage caused by free radicals. Grape seed oil protects the eye nerves, and it is highly effective in preventing macular degeneration, a common cause of vision loss [20]. Grape seed oil is regularly used for treating cataracts. It is also effective for night blindness and eye strain.

25) Promotes Oral Health

Grape seed oil strengthens the teeth by re-mineralizing them thanks to the presence of proanthocyanidin [21]. The oil also reduces inflammation and damages caused by free radicals in the teeth thereby promoting teeth health.

26) Improves Kidney Function

Studies have proved grape seed oil to be effective in addressing kidney conditions and promoting kidney health. Grape seed increases glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which is the standard that lets you know the level of your kidney function. GFR above 60 is considered good while if one has a GFR lower than 60, it shows that the kidney is not in sound health. By increasing GFR grape seed oil improves kidney function.

Grapeseed oil also lowers proteinuria, a state in which urine contains abnormal levels of protein. It also increases antioxidant status and improves inflammation [22]. Regular use of grape seed oil is effective in improving renal failure in patients with chronic kidney disease.

27) Erectile Dysfunction

Grapeseed oil relaxes arteries by increasing nitric oxide levels in the body thereby improving erectile dysfunction. Lack of nitric oxide in the vascular system is one of the most common causes of impotence as it causes erectile dysfunction among other things. Another cause for impotence is low HDL levels, otherwise known as low levels of “good” cholesterol.  Linoleic acid in grape seed helps to increase HDL levels thereby working to improve impotence.

28) Increases Testosterone Levels

Testosterone, which is vital for sexual and reproductive development in men, is considered to play an important role in men’s health. Having low testosterone levels can affect both physically and psychologically. Grape seed oil is believed to be effective in increasing testosterone. Proanthocyanidin and procyanidin in grape seed oil promote circulation, which aids in increased testosterone levels. However, further studies are needed to confirm the effects of grape seed extract for increasing testosterone levels.

29) Effective In Treating HIV

One of the most dreaded health conditions that can devastate the body and mind is HIV. However, not all is over. One of the best remedies to treat HIV is grape seed oil. Polyphenols in grape seed oil work to undo HIV symptoms. Studies show promising outcomes from using grape seed [23]

Do’s

  • Buy organic and cold-pressed grape seed oil. Before buying check if it is chemical free.
  • While buying grape seed oil for culinary purposes look if it is marked food grade.
  • Use regularly only after checking for allergic reactions.

Don’ts

  • While grape seed oil is safe, pregnant and, breastfeeding women may avoid using it.
  • Grape seed oil may interfere with certain medications, such as blood thinner, you may take. Hence, it is advised to seek professional guidance on using the oil.
  • Overuse of grape seed oil may cause side effects including a headache, itchiness, nausea and diarrhea. Never take it without professional advice on the dosage you can safely take.
  • Do not take grape seed oil if you are allergic to grapes.

 

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