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Grape Seed Oil – What You Need to Know

Grape seed oil is wonderful for your skin and for cooking. However, there’s a great deal of misinformation out there in cyber-land. This post is to give you just the facts.

What is grape seed oil?

Grape seed oil is derived from the seeds of grapes, usually wine grapes.

How is grape seed oil made?

Grape seed oil is made in one of two ways:

The confusion surrounding grape seed oil


You will read that there is a high concentration of vitamins A, C and E in grape seed oil. This is untrue. The only vitamin in grape seed oil is vitamin E. In fairness, the vendors making such statements may be confusing grape seed oil with grape seed extract. Grape seed extract does contain vitamins A, C and E. It also contains the powerful antioxidant Proanthocyanidin. Proanthocyanidin is present in grape seed oil, but in such a small amount that is irrelevant.

The difference between grape seed extract and grape seed oil is in the processing. Grape seed extract may be made by the steam distillation of grape seeds. You can even make it at home by grinding dried seeds and grape skins. Grape seed oil is removed from the extract as part of the process.

Active ingredients in grape seed oil?

According to a 1985 study “Characteristics and composition of melon and grape seed oils and cakes,” grape seeds are composed of the following fatty acids:

Benefits of grape seed oil?

The primary benefits of grape seed oil are when used topically for the skin. In the opinion of this writer/researcherGrapeseed Oil from Majestic Pure, 100% Pure & Natural Massage and Carrier oil, 16 fl ozGrapeseed Oil from Majestic Pure, 100% Pure & Natural Massage and Carrier oil, 16 fl oz [1] it is not in the best interest of our goddesses to use this oil as their primary cooking or salad oil due to its extremely high linoleic acid content (Omega 6 fatty acid). Omega 3 fatty acids are what most of us lack in our diets. That said, it’s only fair to report that the phytosterols (steroid compounds similar to cholesterol) in grape seed oil may help lower cholesterol. Since the phytosterol concentration is extremely low in grape seed oil, my opinion on using it as the primary oil for cooking or other food uses still stands.

However, grape seed oil is fine for use in skin care products. The oil is beneficial to the skin in the following ways:

Conclusion

Lori uses grape seed oil in several of her skin care formulations. We test all recipes on ourselves and the rest of the family first before we recommend using them. What we here at SpaFromScratch like about grape seed oil is that it absorbs readily into our skin and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling.

Now go have fun and relax.

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