Grape seed oil is light in texture, nearly odorless and easily absorbed by the skin without leaving an oily residue. It has great moisturizing properties, making it an ideal natural skincare ingredient. If it’s natural moisturizing qualities weren’t enough, cosmetic firms also proclaim grape seed oil’s other virtues:
- Mild astringent qualities that tighten and tone the skin.
- Rich in fatty acids that are important for the skin’s cell structure.
- Anti-oxidant that can improve skin texture because it promotes collagen production and reduces the DNA damage that leads to wrinkles.
The theory for the cosmetic industry is that topical products made with grape seed oil extract should be able to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The known fact about flavanoids like grape seed oil is that you can only absorb them by eating food that contains them, or through nutritional supplements. The question that researchers still need to answer is whether grape seed oil extract can deliver the same benefits if applied topically onto the skin. There’s no need to avoid products that contain grape seed oil extract, but just be aware that if the product actually works, it may – or may not be – the the grapes that are providing the antioxidant benefits. While the scientists do their thing, it is never a loss to eat food and take supplements with grape seed oil extract
- Anti-aging skin care products, such as soaps, body lotions, and moisturizers