Please know that I am not an expert when it comes to skin. The opinions expressed are just my personal experience. I obviously have had a positive experience using grapeseed oil but there are also those who have not. Use at your own discretion.
As you know I am super excited to finally be writing this post and sharing why I love GRAPESEED OIL so much!
Last week, I shared with you my Sensitive Acne Prone Skin Journey & Regimen and I mentioned how I USE GRAPESEED OIL AS A NIGHT SERUM.
I wanted to use the grapeseed oil for a good amount of time before I opened up my pie hole in excitement. Lots of self-control was exercised for this people, lots of it! I'm the type of person who has to instantly tell everyone about a product if I love it!
Well, it's been over 6 months, and I feel like I can finally give a wholesome review to my all natural alternative to night serums. Yay!!!
Today, I will be spilling all the 411 on this nature's serum for healthy skin, how I use it, as well as what it's done for my complexion!
If you want to hear my story of how I suffered from adult acne and read my tips and favorite products for sensitive acne prone skin, you can read that post here.
But just to recap: I had perfect skin in high school, not so perfect skin pretty much all of my twenties, and finally this year my skin has made a tremendous difference! Even without makeup!
Check out my before and after!
Not only did I kiss acne goodbye, but the overall condition of my complexion has improved so much! I still get the occasional breakout but nothing to what it used to be!
I know that I know that I KNOW, that the #1 product that has changed the way my skin looks and feels is this amazing grapeseed oil! That and drinking lots of water has finally given me the healthy glow my skin once lacked.
WHAT IS GRAPESEED OIL AND WHAT ARE IT'S BENEFITS?
- Grapeseed oil is the oil that's extracted from grape seeds.
- This oil is rich in beta-carotene, and vitamins D, C and E and is packed with fatty acids
- It's non-comedogenic which is just a fancy word for "it doesn't clog pores".
- Locks in moisture.
- It is known to treat acne, tighten skin, help diminish dark circles around the eyes, moisturize, reduce scars, restore collagen and fight aging.
- It quickly penetrates the skin due to its light and thin consistency.
- Suitable for all skin types but is especially used by those with sensitive and/or acne prone skin as well as those with oily skin.
Pretty amazing benefits, huh? You can see why it sucked me in! And I'm so glad it did!
The brand I use is Now Foods Grape Seed Oil, 16 Ounce and it says to be 100% pure and perfect for sensitive skin.
NOW, let me share with you what Grapeseed oil has done for my sensitive acne prone skin and why I love it so much!!
The main reason I bought this was to use as an alternative to chemically filled anti-aging night serums. I decided to start using an overnight anti aging serum sometime last year and had horrible experiences with the ones I tried: irritation, breakouts, dryness...it was awful! Nothing seemed to agree with my sensitive skin.
That's when I went on a google search mission to find the perfect oil for my skin. Mission accomplished.
HOW GRAPESEED OIL HELPED MY SKIN
note: I have sensitive acne prone skin that is oily around the t-zone (combination skin).
- Over time it has been the main ingredient in helping kick acne out of this complexion.
I do not suffer from acne anymore! Woohoo! And although I still get a couple to a few zits around my "special lady time" it's mild in comparison to the 10-15 zits I'd have on my face all at once.
- It helps speed up the healing process of the few breakouts I get every month AND helps fade the scar.
- It has helped fade and blur old acne scars. I still have them but they're not a noticeable as they used to be.
- It has brought out a glow to my complexion that I've never had before. Never.
This is what I'm most excited about! My complexion finally looks healthy, even without makeup! There's a natural glow and dewiness to it that I always craved.
- I don't have to wear as much makeup as before.
I used to pack on the foundation to cover up my acne scars and then pack on the blush and highlighter to fake a healthy glow. But now my natural glow peeks out of my makeup. I probably wear 1/4 amount of product to what I used to.
This is me January 2013 with layers of makeup on....
This is me now, letting my skin breathe with just a tiny amount of makeup...
- It has erased my dark eye circles.
I never had major dark circles to begin with but if you look at my before and after you can see how my under eye area looks brighter and smoother in the after photo.
- It has helped even out my complexion
I used to have an uneven skin tone but it seems to be evening out.
I can't say anything about it's anti-aging claims since I'm only 29 and have yet to see any wrinkles but hopefully I won't see any if I keep using this product! A girl can hope, right?
After I wash my face at night time, I warm 3-4 drops of the oil between my fingers and then massage all over my face. I then dab 1 drop around each eye, concentrating most of the oil to the area one can develop "crows feet". Finally, I massage another 5 drops to my neck and decolletage.
It never feels heavy on my face nor do I wake up with an oily complexion (or oily pillow cases). My skin looks so refreshed, dewy and renewed in the morning! I love it!
There was a week I ran out of my daily moisturizer and used this instead and had no problems whatsoever! I think I will add a couple drops to my moisturizer during the dry winter months. I've also added a drop to my foundation for an extra dewy look.
I would highly recommend anyone with sensitive, oily, acne prone skin, dry skin....really anyone with skin to try it out! Again, I'm not an expert so use at your own discretion.
Are you a fan of natural alternatives to skin products? If so, what are your favorites?
Happy skin everyone!!
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