Dry Skin? Got Grapes?

by Deena on February 9, 2011

If you’re anything like me, you’re already consuming grapes, not only because they are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants but also because a great Merlot can go with just about anything.  But what if I said the oil of the grapes was not only organic but also a great skin moisturizer?  Yep, it’s true.  I decided with the winter months not yet over it couldn’t hurt for me to try it out.

Lucy stomping grapesAnd no you do not have to go “I Love Lucy” style and stomp on your grapes to get the oil, although that episode still makes me laugh to this day. You can find grapeseed oil right next to the olive oil in your local grocery store.  I picked up mine from Whole Foods.

Grapeseed oil has a very sweet, light and slightly nutty aroma, and can either be clear in color or have a slight yellowish green coloring (similar to olive oil).  I liked the scent of the oil on its own but decided to add a few drops of lavender essential oil (you could use any scent that you personally enjoy).  What I liked about the grapeseed oil was, unlike other oils or moisturizers that can be greasy and thick, this one was really light and absorbed easily into my skin.  It left my skin feeling smooth and satiny.

Grapeseed oil contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants, as well as a high amount of linoleic acid, which is essential for the health of skin and cell membranes.  Both of these are attributed to helping tone and tighten skin.  I can’t attest to whether there was any skin tightening associated to my using the grapeseed oil but I did like using it as a natural moisturizer and if its nourishing my skin with vitamin and nutrients then that’s even better.

Grapeseed oil is already becoming more and more common in hair care products, body lotions, massage oils, etc.  My only suggestion would be, whether you make your own grapeseed oil moisturizer or purchase a product containing grapeseed oil, try to use a company that is known for natural and organic products.

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