I have some good news, and I have some bad news.
I always prefer bad news first, so here it goes. Not long ago I bought grapeseed oil because I heard it handled high temperatures better when cooking. Apparently when you cook food at high heat some oils turn rancid and oxidize in such a way that it can become harmful to you. I was told that grapeseed oil reacted well to high heat and was therefore a better alternative to the olive oil that I normally used. So, I bought some and started using it.
Then I learned that, while grapeseed oil may handle high heat better, it isn’t necessarily any healthier. In fact, grapeseed oil is pretty bad for you because it’s super high in Omega-6 which we already consume way too much of.
Seriously?! Ugh. Sometimes it feels like you can’t win, doesn’t it?! (P.S. look for a post on cooking oils in the future).
Now for the good news. As it turns out, grapeseed oil is pretty awesome for your skin. It doubles as both a makeup remover and is a great skin moisturizer with wrinkle and scar fighting powers.
I’m telling you, it works.
I previously used a daily eye makeup remover that is of course packed with chemicals. It even ironically says “keep away from eyes” in the warnings. Um…ok? I’ll keep my EYE makeup remover away from my EYES.
With grapeseed oil the mascara melts right off without any harsh scrubbing or tugging at my eyelashes. The oil is extremely light and my skin feels moisturized, but not greasy.
In addition to removing makeup, grapeseed oil can:
- Improve acne
- Moisturize skin
- Tighten your skin
- Minimize under-eye circles
- Minimize skin aging
- Help reduce scarring
Basically, I’d like to take a bath in this stuff.
The oil is packed with antioxidants that reduce skin damage and encourage the body to produce more collagen and elastin which leads to younger, fresher skin. Yes, please. There are also fatty acids that help deal with the inflammation that results from acne.
You want to be particular when you buy your grape seed oil. You want to look for expeller pressed or cold pressed on the label. This means that no harmful toxins were used to extract the oil.
I also encourage you to buy organic. I’ll be honest, my photographed version isn’t organic. I’m a hypocrite, I know. I bought it prior to my commitment to buying organic. A quick google search did show me that there are several e-commerce sites that sell organic grapeseed oil. I promise I’ll get organic next time.
In the meantime, I took my oil and put it in a small glass jar I found in the dollar section at Target. This way, I can keep it with my other beauty products and I can try and forget that I originally bought it to cook stir fry.
Like all beauty products, make sure you test it out on your own skin first. We all react differently to products and you want to make sure you don’t have any negative reactions.
For me, it’s been positively amazing.