Bath & Body Inspired by Nature

 As if the production of wine from grapes wasn't enough of a blessing, now we also get to enjoy the benefits of grape seed oil (Vitis vinifera)!

Unfortunately, many other sites promoting grape seed oil like to make the claim that it is loaded with proanthocyanidins and the highly acclaimed resveratrol.  The truth is that these active compounds are found only in negligible amount in grape seed oil because they are mostly insoluble in lipids (oil).  To add the benefits of resveratrol try looking for a product containing grape seed extract.

So now you may wonder where the benefits of grape seed oil come from?  Ahh, not to worry!  Grape seed oil amazes with some wonderful topical results.  Let's start by looking at its fatty acid profile:

Linoleic acid/omega 6 (69%), oleic acid (16%), palmitic acid (7%), stearic acid (4%), and alpha-linolenic acid/omega 3 (0.1%).  In fact, grape seed oil contains higher amounts of linoleic acid than most other carrier oil. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22271548  This fatty acid is important for your skin's cell membrane integrity.  The benefits of grape seed oil include the ability to have regenerative and restructuring qualities, as well as great skin moisturizing properties.

The high linoleic acid content also explains why grape seed oil is considered effective in the treatment of melasma patients.  In the following study linoleic acid reduced the melasma size and severity by nearly 69%, and 44% of these patients stated they observed a moderate improvement vs none from the other two study arms. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12172049  Melasma is characterized by irregular discoloration patches on the face as a result of sun exposure. 

The benefits of grape seed oil's linoleic acid also seem advantages to scalp and hair health.  Conditions such as scalp dermitits, alopecia, and depigmentation of the hair have been improved with the topical application of linoleic acid.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/406855  Grape seed oil may be considered a good addition to a hair & scalp treatment balm or added to a conditioner.

In animal studies it has been demonstrated that grape seed oil (along with cranberry oil) improves wound healing results vs a petroleum jelly control group or the mupirocon ointment group..  http://www.bioportfolio.com/resources/pmarticle/143745/Wound-healing-Properties-of-the-Oils-of-Vitis-vinifera-and-Vaccinium-macrocarpon.html 

People suffering from acne can also expect to see results from the benefits of grape seed oil.   Grape seed oil's linoleic acid has shown to reduce the size of microcomedones (milia) by about 25% over the first month!  This was a successful study to validate linoleic's "role as a comedolytic agent in acne-prone patients."  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9692305

The benefits of grape seed oil also come from its phenols tocopherols (vitamin E), and steroids such as beta-sitosteraol, campesterol, and stigmasterol.   As a sterol, these compounds have anti-inflammatory effects and assist in soothing irritated skin.

Grape seed oil is easily absorbed into skin, is considered one of the lightest carrier oils, and leaves a satin-like finish.  For this reason it is also a preferred oil among massage therapists. 

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