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The Little Grapeseed

The Little Grapeseed

December 29, 2009 |  by  |  Products

We all know that grapes are good for us, especially compounds in the skins. Apparently, there’s a lot of goodness going on inside as well. I’ve been coming across a lot of info about grapeseeds and the benefits for the skin so, I went out and bought a little bottle of oil to try myself as a moisturizer. I normally use rosehip seed oil which I really like. I am really liking grapeseed as well. It’s super light and soothing, not greasy at all. Years ago if someone would have told me I would be putting any type of oil on my face I would have said they were crazy. Yes, I was blessed breakouts and the infamous “T-Zone.” Well, I’ve turned forty and my, how things have changed. I use it in the AM and PM, paying special attention around my eyes, basically all the wrinkle zones and very lightly everywhere else.

Grapeseed oil is a by-product of grapes in the wine making stage. It’s light and odorless and is used for cosmetics and cooking (make sure it states food grade on the label). What’s awesome is it can be used on all skin types because it has mild astringent properties it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts.

There are loads of claims as far as benefits from the oil and extract including: Grapeseed outperforms vitamins C and E and betacarotene, it’s antioxidant power is 50 times greater than vitamin E and 20 times more than vitamin C, it enhances the health of skin cells and protects elasticity and flexibility, it protects against harmful effects of radiation and can boost the skin’s natural SPF and lots more.

Benefits
  • High in antioxidants
  • Regenerates skin cells
  • Increases collagen and elastin
  • Helps with poor circulation

One of the most important facts about cooking with grapeseed oil is that it has a very high flash-point so it can be heated to high temperatures, higher than olive oil even. Flash-point is the point at which oils break down during heating. It’s believed that once oils get beyond the flash-point and breakdown they contain large amounts of free radicals which contribute to the risk of cancer.

The Natural Food Co-Op in SLO
‘Now’ 100% pure food grade Grapeseed Oil, 4oz. $3.75

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