Grapeseed oil & why you NEED it in your skin routine
Key Skin Benefits
So how does grapeseed oil have so many benefits for your skin you ask? Its because it contains a high percentage of lipids, Vitamins C, A & E, Iron, Calcium, Omega 6 & 9 and anti-oxidants.
What are lipids?
Lipids are essential for the health of our skin. They play a particular role in the outermost layer of our skin. Think of the outer layer of your skin like a wall made of bricks that are held together by cement. The bricks represent the main cells of our skin and the cement represents the lipids in our skin.
There are two different types of lipids in our skin: sebaceous lipids and epidermal lipids. But we will be focusing on the epidermal lipids. Now, there are three different types of epidermal lipids: ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol. This is where grapeseed oil comes in. It is high in ceramides and fatty acids.
Grapeseed oil contains 73% ceramides! (that is a lot).
Along with grapeseeds high percentage of ceramides, it also contains Linoleic acid. Linoleic acid, also known as alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) is a type of omega-6 fatty acid and a form of vitamin F. Omega-6 is an essential fatty acid. Our bodies cannot naturally produce these types of fatty acids therefore, the only way for our bodies to get this fatty acid is through ingestion or topical application. Linoleic acid especially is commonly found in nuts, vegetable oils, red meat, dairy products.
Now back to this brick wall and cement. These lipids in our skin (the ‘cement’) works to create our skin’s barrier. It works to keep water in your skin. When we are lacking lipids, we lose water at a much higher rate which leaves our skin dry and irritated. This increase our risk of eczema and dermatitis. Therefore, when our lipids are at their strongest, our skin is more hydrated, leaving it smooth, hydrated and happy. They also help fight off free radicals to keep our skin’s collagen in place leaving bouncy skin.
Did you know?
A strong skin barrier = healthier skin. It decreases the risk of breakouts, reduces redness and inflammation, improves hydration & reduces fine lines. Main point: lipids keep our skin barrier healthy and strong, leaving your skin smooth, hydrated, bouncy and happy.
As mentioned, omega-6 is an essential fatty acid meaning we need to eat it or apply it to our skin for our bodies to have it. Unlike, omega-6, ceramides are made naturally in our body. Like everything naturally occurring in our bodies, they deplete with age. Other external factors such as harsh soaps, exfoliators and even the changes in the seasons also deplete these ceramide lipids. This is what makes grapeseed oil a great ingredient in skincare because it contains both fatty acids and ceramides to keep our skin’s barrier strong.