Grapeseed oil: properties and uses

Grapeseed oil: properties and uses

An oil with beneficial properties for the skin and health is obtained from grape seeds: let’s find out what grape seed oil is and how to use it.

Grapeseed oil

What is Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the cold pressing of grape seeds, ie the seeds contained in grape berries .

The small grape seeds, in fact, like many other seeds, contain an oil that can be used for food and cosmetic purposes , for the beauty of skin and hair.


Grapeseed oil is an oil rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid , and especially in polyunsaturated fatty acids, mainly represented by linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid of the omega-6 series .


The oil obtained from grape or grape seeds also contains vitamin E with an antioxidant action and phenolic compounds capable of protecting the tissues from free radicals .


It is a thick oil, with a greenish-yellow color and a neutral smell which, once massaged on the skin, dries quickly without leaving any traces of grease.


What is grapeseed oil for

Food grade grapeseed oil can be used in cooking . It has a delicate flavor and is eaten raw to dress salads or enrich sauces and soups. Since grapeseed oil has a high smoke point, it is also suitable for cooking and especially for frying .

The cosmetic use of grape seed oil is instead excellent in case of mature, irritated, oily or combination skin. Grapeseed oil has in fact emollient, sebum-regulating and soothing properties and can be used to take care of the skin of the face and body. For this purpose it can be used pure or mixed with other vegetable oils and enriched with essential oils to make massage oils , or inserted in the formulation of creams, serums, scrubs and other cosmetic products.

In addition, grapeseed oil is an excellent natural make-up remover and is often found in facial cleansers dedicated to sensitive, oily skin or skin that has wrinkles and signs of aging. Finally, inserted in masks, conditioners and shampoos, grapeseed oil takes care of fine, dry and damaged hair from inadequate treatments, use of hair dryers and straighteners or from the sun.


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Where is grapeseed oil

Grapeseed or grapeseed oil can be purchased at herbalist’s and grocery stores, including online. The price ranges from 25 to 50 euros per liter and is generally sold in bottles of 100 or 500 milliliters. Since grapeseed oil is quite sensitive to oxidation, after opening it is recommended to store it in a cool, dry place and consume it in a short time.

What grape seeds contain and what is done with grape seeds

Grape seeds, as we have seen, contain lipids , which is why they are used to extract oil. Grapeseeds also contain vitamin E and flavonoids with an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, properties useful for counteracting aging and reducing the risk of disease. In addition to being used for the production of grape seed oil, grape seeds can therefore be eaten, as well as the grape skin, for a beneficial action on the body.


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