5 Healthy Benefits of Grapeseed Oil
The wine industry is huge, with both vintage and new small label wines becoming more popular than ever. And, there’s no doubt that drinking wine has many healthy benefits. But many people don’t know that there’s a byproduct of making wine that, until recently, was just thrown away because there was no use for it. That’s all changing as products made with “Grape seed Oil,’ the oil extracted from the unused grape seeds left over after the wine making process, are being promoted as having healthy, anti-aging benefits. Here are five reasons to see what grape seeds can do for your health.
1. It’s a great moisturizer for both skin and hair. Pure grapeseed oil or products like lip balms, moisturizers, sunscreen, or hair and body products that contain grapeseed oil or extract can be used to boost moisture, combat dry skin, and to make dry hair hydrated, soft, and smooth. It also makes a soothing and effective massage oil.
2. It helps battle the effects of skin aging. Grapeseed oil has mild astringent properties, which helps to shrink tissues and tighten pores, and it also helps skin appear tighter and toned. Since it absorbs easily into the skin, it is effective for reducing age spots, treating sun burn, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks.
3. It has cancer-fighting properties. The antioxidants in grapeseed extract can be used on the skin and have the same effect as sunscreen. A good way to use grapeseed oil to protect your skin from the sun is to either rub pure grapeseed oil on your skin before exposure to UV rays, or use a product with grapeseed extract in it as the layer under your daily SPF for extra protection.
4. It helps treat inflammation, cell and tissue damage. The inflammation, pain, and swelling caused by conditions like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be reduced by using grapeseed oil. People who use grapeseed oil can protect cells and tissue against damage from free radicals, a huge factor in the physical signs of aging, thanks to the abundance of a powerful flavenoid that is up to 50 times stronger than similar compounds Vitamin E and C.
5. It has healing properties. The high levels of vitamin E help repair injuries to cells, while the linoleic acid can help heal wounds. People who are recovering from injuries or a surgery can benefit from grapeseed oil’s ability to quickly reduce swelling.
What used to be a waste product from the winemaking process has proven to be a hidden health gem. The use of grapeseed oil for skin health, sun protection and many other health benefits can help your skin and body feel and look younger and healthier.