In addition to its defensive properties, grapeseed oil can make a noticeable difference in the look and feel of your skin. “Grapeseed oil can moisturize dull, dehydrated skin, even out your skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” says Spinnato. These traits, he explains, are due to linoleic acid and vitamin E, which help skin retain moisture while restoring elasticity and protecting it from environmental damage.
Fromowitz adds that grapeseed oil’s linoleic acid can also improve the barrier function of the skin and diminish redness, thanks to being anti-inflammatory.
Will grapeseed oil clog my pores?
The word oil can conjure up images of greasy skin and unabashed breakouts, but using an oil doesn’t necessarily lead to oiliness — especially in the case of grapeseed oil.
“Oils in the right formulation and products are not necessarily acneic and pore-clogging,” Fromowitz tells Allure. “In fact, grapeseed oil has acne-fighting properties because it is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.”
Spinnato agrees. “Unlike coconut oil, grapeseed oil is noncomedogenic, so even the most sensitive of skin types can use this oil,” he says. There are no known negative side effects of grapeseed oil, he adds, but people who are allergic to grapes shouldn’t use it. And it’s always wise to proceed with caution when starting to use an ingredient that’s new to you. “Natural products have the potential to cause an allergic reaction when used on the skin.”
What kind of grapeseed oil products should I use?
Grapeseed oil is truly prolific in skin care, and there’s no wrong way to incorporate it into your routine. “Grapeseed oil can be found in different vehicles, including as an oil or serum, and it can be added to creams such as moisturizers or sunscreens for added benefits,” says Garshick.
Ultimately, which type of product you want to use is entirely up to you and your skin type’s needs, Fromowitz says. “A very dry person may prefer an oil or cream. Someone with oily skin might prefer the light touch of a serum,” he says. “The product integrates well into many different formulas.”
One of both his and Garshick’s favorite formulas is True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil. “This facial oil incorporates a blend of numerous seed oils, including grapeseed oil, to offer antioxidant benefits,” says Garshick, who adds that it improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while boosting hydration. For a less expensive option, we love E.L.F. Nourishing Facial Oil, which teams up grapeseed oil with jojoba, rosehip, avocado, and other oils for glow-inducing moisture.
Of course, you’re not limited to just face oils to get a good dose of grapeseed oil’s benefits. Fromowitz also recommends Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call for a night cream and PCA Skin Daily Cleansing Oil for a face wash.
If you want to share the benefits of grapeseed oil with the rest of your body, we love Burt’s Bees Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream, not to mention The Body Shop’s French Grape Seed Scrub, which includes both grapeseed oil and grapeseed powder.
More ingredient info:
Now watch this equestrian’s entire routine: