Benefits of grapeseed oil: health, skin and hair

If you’re looking for an all-natural moisturizer to add to your skincare routine or a heart-healthy cooking oil, meet grapeseed oil.

Grape seed oil is the oil extracted from grape seeds during winemaking. And while it doesn’t retain any of that pinot grigio goodness, grapeseed oil can benefit your health and skin with its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here’s the deep dive on several grapeseed oil benefits your body will love.

Grapeseed oil has a light, neutral flavor that makes it ideal for cooking. So while you can still lather it on your skin and hair, pour some over your next meal to get those potential health benefits.

It may help heart health

Grape seed oil is full of omega-6 fatty acids, an unsaturated fat that is better for your heart compared to trans and saturated fats. Yet the science is uncertain as to whether omega-6s *boost* heart health. Here’s what we know:

  • A 2018 research review linked omega-6 consumption to a lower risk of heart attack.
  • Howeverthe same review found no link between omega-6 consumption and better overall heart health.
  • Oldest 2006 to research found what to eat too omega-6 versus omega-3 can cause heart-damaging inflammation.

So, is grapeseed oil a washout in the world of heart health? In the land of fatty acids, perhaps. Again, the vitamin E content of the oil strength help ward off heart-damaging blood clots. 🤷

It is rich in antioxidants

Grapeseed oil can be a knight in shining (sparkling?) armor in the battle against free radical damage.

Here’s why: This oil is packed with vitamin E, fat-soluble antioxidant. Antioxidants protect you from free radicals, roving molecules that slowly damage your cells.

So grapeseed oil could help you indirectly repel the ravages that cause premature aging and cancer.

It’s anti-inflammatory

The antioxidants in grapeseed oil may also help fight chronic inflammation.

Inflammation is an unwieldy beast. It erupts in response to everything from infection to autoimmune conditions. But if your body is on fire from oxidative stress or obesity, the antioxidants in grapeseed oil have been linked to a better inflammatory response.

It’s antimicrobial

Research is underway, but a 2019 review grape seed extract — one similar grapeseed oil product – concluded that it crushes bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Keep in mind that grapeseed extract is probably more potent than grapeseed oil. The extract is available as a supplement, while the oil is consumed in small amounts as a cooking agent or dressing ingredient.

Although you won’t find grapeseed oil in the beauty aisle, it just might be the shining new star of your skincare routine. You will definitely be tempted to keep it in your pantry and on your skincare shelf with these potential skin benefits.

It will make your skin supple and soft

Oils are the OG moisturizers, after all. But older search (2010, y’all) shows that grapeseed oil stands out when it comes to improving the following:

Whether you dab it straight on or mix a few drops into your daily moisturizer, grapeseed oil is sure to quench thirsty skin.

It promotes wound healing

Let’s Keep It 100: Research on grapeseed oil for skin is still quite limited. But one research review concluded that this bad boy is effective in healing wounds like burns and scars.

A animal study 2016 found that grapeseed oil healed wounds faster than a pharmaceutical healing cream. Of course, we need more research on people to identify the best dose and the best method.

It could treat acne

Remember how grape seeds have antimicrobial properties? The theory is that dabbing the oil on acne-prone skin could kill pimple-forming bacteria.

TBH, the research on this is slim. We need more studies to confirm if grapeseed oil can really clear up acne.

It protects against sun damage

The evidence is thin (again!), but the antioxidants in grapeseed oil may help protect your skin from UV damage.

A balance sheet 2011 suggested that grapeseed oil may help prevent the skin from absorbing the full onslaught of UV rays.

While the results are promising, the thin research is *not* a reason to swap your sunscreen for an oily shimmer. Stick to your standard SPF and consider grapeseed protection as a potential bonus.

For most people, no. Grapeseed oil is considered safe for general consumption and topical application.

As with any new skincare product, it’s best to do a patch test before applying grapeseed oil to your entire face. Dab some on your wrist or ankle, then wait 24 hours to make sure you don’t develop an allergic reaction.

When it comes to cooking, grapeseed oil is safe in moderation for most people. But experts warn that it *might* be better to use a different oil if you:

  • have a blood disorder
  • getting ready for surgery
  • take blood thinners

The lack of research also means we don’t know if grapeseed oil poses a risk to pregnant women. So if you have a bun in the oven, you should avoid ingesting the oil.

Using grapeseed oil is very simple. Start with a bottle of 100% pure grapeseed oil from a reputable brand.

To cook…

Nothing’s easier. You can use grapeseed oil just like you would use olive oil.

Some ideas :

For skincare…

Unlike essential oils, grapeseed oil does not need to be diluted before applying it to your face. Here are some easy ways to add it to your DIY skincare game:

  • Apply it directly to dry areas like a serum.
  • Mix a drop or two into your moisturizer or face cream to boost hydration.
  • Use it for an oil cleanse or double cleanse at the end of the day.
  • Indulge your shoulders or pair with a grapeseed oil massage (pro tip: rub your hands together to warm the oil in your palms).
  • Use it as a carrier oil for your favorite essential oils – lavender or frankincense, anyone?

For hair…

Want luscious locks and a healthy scalp? Welcome to Hair Oil 101.

  1. Pour 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil on your head. Use your fingers to massage your hair and scalp.
  2. Put your hair under wraps with a shower cap or towel. Leave it covered overnight.
  3. In the morning, apply the shampoo directly to your oily locks (no water yet!).
  4. Lather then rinse, rinse, rinse.
  5. Follow with conditioner.
  6. Try not to touch your soft, moisturized locks all day.

Grapeseed oil, a natural byproduct of grapeseeds, can be used for both cooking and DIY beauty. Although the research is thin, it offers several potential health and skin benefits.

When consumed, grapeseed oil can protect your body from oxidative stress, inflammation, and bad bacteria.

Applied topically, grapeseed oil can nourish dry skin and potentially prevent sun damage and acne breakouts. Some people also use it as a moisturizing hair mask.

Bottom line: This natural oil is a healthy and affordable way to upgrade your pantry or bathroom cabinet.

Patricia J. Callender