Grapeseed oil for better skin collagen


Some weeks ago, I wrote that Margo Marrone recommended women to use an oil underneath their moisturizer in her new book The Organic Pharmacy. If you would like to heed her advice and are looking for a suitable natural carrier oil to apply, I would highly recommend you to try Grapeseed oil.

Light texture that penetrates easily into the skin
I’ve been using Grapeseed oil daily now instead of my vitamic C serum which I only use in the night. I only need about 3 – 4 drops of the oil for my entire face and it is so light, it absorbs into my skin quite quickly, providing a satin finish without a greasy residue. I like it very much because it is much lighter than Jojoba oil, is slightly astringent and is the perfect oil for me to apply underneath my sunscreen or moisturizer.  

Powerful antioxidant for anti-aging benefits
And what I found best about Grapeseed oil is that is is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from premature aging, is effective in fighting acne and it can even shrink varicose veins. In fact, I read that it helps to protect the skin from sun damage and this is why I find it a great oil to use along with my sunscreen.

Contains more antioxidant power than vitamin C & E
In addition, I also read that scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins found in Grapeseed extract is 50 times greater than vitamin E and 20 times greater than vitamin C. The following is what I’ve picked out from Lush’s website about the oil.

Biochemists and medical scientists researching the health benefits of grapeseed oil have found it to contain oligomeric proanthocyanidins (otherwise known as OPCs); a class of flavonoid complexes that act as antioxidants (free radical scavengers) in the human body. Sea Buckthorn oil, Grapeseed oil and the skin of the grape are all good sources of OPCs.

One of the fascinating elements of OPCs activity in cosmetics context is the role they play in the stabilization of collagen and maintenance of elastin (proteins in connective tissue that support organs, such as our skin).

Looks like the improvement in my skin’s texture is not just due to the Sea Buckthorn oil I’ve been applying in the night but also the Grapeseed oil I’ve been applying in the day!

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  1. em says

    Hi sesame, I’m using grapeseed oil to remove my make up , but because I tend to have clogged pores, I do double cleansing
    do you think it will still have benefits for my skin? thanks 😀

    • sesame says

      I’m not sure about grapeseed oil for removing makeup but it should be possible if it hasn’t given you any problems. But the oil will deliver more benefits if you leave it on for sure. Are you double cleansing with the oil or with something else. If with the oil, I would think you’ll benefit.

  2. dakotah says

    Can the grape seed oil you buy for cooking at the supermarket be used on the face? or is this some different kind of grape seed oil?

    • sesame says

      It might be 100% but it’s not cosmetic grade. It really depends on your skin. I’ve not tried it so I can’t say if it’ll work all right.

      • sam says

        Shouldn’t “food grade” be safer/purer than “comestic grade”? After all, I would want the stuff I’m ingesting to be clean. And honestly, I find cosmetic grade oils unreasonably expensive compared to their food grade counterparts.

        • Sesame Chew says

          I thought the same till someone pointed out that with food, we have good bacterias in the digestive system to handle them but these bacterias are not available on our skin. Hence, food grade may not always work for our skin. Take honey for example. Some people cannot use even pure grade honey on their skin and react like crazy even though they’re safe for ingestion.

    • Andrea says

      I buy my grapeseed oil in bulk from costco. From the research (on oils specifically) I’ve seen, it seems to me you would have better luck with food grade as it is of higher quality than cosmetic grade. The only downside would be that, being a more refined oil, you would loose a little of the nutritive value of the oil.

    • Clara Jimenez says

      I use Grapeseed oil that is used for cooking , works just fine :) I have always had fantastic skin but ever since I used Grapeseed it has been a boost . I’ve used Aura Cacia Grapeseed but actually prefer the Grapeseed oil sold as cooking oil . . its more moisturizing just oil up and go to sleep , wake up glowing :)

  3. lil says

    Hi sesame, any idea where I can buy grapeseed oil? Followed the link to YoursEssentially but it seems they have stopped taking orders altogether. Advice on where to find cosmetic essential oils around Singapore much appreciated! :)

  4. Jolena says

    What are the benefits of grapeseed v. jojoba oil? Can the two be mixed together or does anyone use them alternately?

    • sesame says

      I personally don’t like to use jojoba oil on my face. I think it’s good as a base oil and perhaps for OCM. However, grapeseed oil is great for reducing pore size, and just the other day, a reader mentioned her milia seeds on her eyes have become smaller after she applied grapeseed oil.

  5. ann says

    Hi, I have used Colonial Dames Vitamin E Oil, but I feel that it texture is rich and difficult to absorb.My face is prone to developing milia seed from it.

    U hv tried several types of oils. Can u give me a feel of the texture of the oils from light to rich texture? Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin E oil, etc…

    • sesame says

      Vitamin E is very thick…best to apply a light layer after a face mist.

      Grapeseed is light, great for those prone to milia seeds. Jojoba oil is supposedly close to our natural lipids but I personally find it oily, Rosehip Oil is rich too, lighter than vitamin E though. Sea Buckthorn is thick but absorbs quickly; one version stains your skin temporarily.

  6. Di says

    Hi sesame –
    Have you tried using hemp seed oil?
    I just bought and was wondering if it is ok to use in eye area or is it too rich (might cause milia seeds)…It absorbs fast on the skin like grapeseed but I’ve read it’s very high on omega fatty acid. So not sure if an oil’s richness (texture) causes Milia seeds or the fatty acids within the oil? :)

    • sesame says

      Hi Di: No, haven’t tried hemp seed oil on its own. If the oil is very fine, it shouldn’t cause milia seeds. You might want to try a bit on the outer area first. I usually do that with new oils that I test…dab a little on the outer and if okay, then I use some on the inner area. For me, it’s always the inner eye area that is prone to growing milia seeds.

  7. jing yi says

    where can i find such oils?
    can i get it at any pharmacy stores?
    will the sales assistant know what i want?

    by the way, do you have a email acct which i can sent to and ask you some questions? ^^

    • sesame says

      You have to buy it online. Are you in Singapore? You can write to me at vivawoman at However, I usually take awhile to reply.

  8. says

    hi SS! do you still rem me? havent talked in a while, hope you’re doing well :) hows little gavin?

    i was looking for grapeseed oil and came across your site haha, coz im trying to find a remedy for my frown lines and read that collagen supplements dont work and that grapeseed is better. any idea if i can use the kind for cooking on face or do i strictly hv to use carrier oil? if so then i’ll hv to purchase from we cant get it from the shops? thx so much for yr help :)

    • sesame says

      Hi Evan! Of course I remember you. I still read your blog and admire all your beautiful taken pictures from my google reader. :)

      It’s best you use the cosmetic grade of grapeseed oil. Unfortunately, in Singapore here, other than whoopeekiddies, I can’t find anymore source. The closest is to join a spree and get it from states but such sprees are not too regular.

      Another alternative is to get the grapeseed oil supplement, break it and apply topically. I’ve not tried this approach but I do this with vitamin E and evening primrose oil and they’ve worked for me. But for cooking oil, I only use them for body or hands.

  9. mei says

    Hey, nice post! I love grapeseed oil! But recently i add my skin care regimen with liquid bha exfoliant (salicylic acid from paula’s choice). I use it as a toner replacement. I wash my face, pat dry, then apply the bha exfoliant. Do you think I can apply few drops after my bha exfoliant? Thanks <3

  10. m&m's says

    Hi Sesame,

    I love reading your blog :)
    I was wondering if it’s possible to use Grape seed carrier oil for the delicate under eye area?

    • sesame says

      I’m glad you’ve found some info here useful for you. :)

      Yes, it’s possible to use under the eye area but knowing we all have different skin types, I suggest you try bit by bit and if it’s okay after a few days or a week, then it should be fine. But don’t apply too much. I usually apply all over my face before patting the remaining on my eye area.

  11. Shelly says

    Hi Sesame! I would like to know whether is it ok if I combine both grapeseed + olive oil, like 1:1 and apply all over face and body? I’ve been slathering olive oil all over my body and face and the result is wonderful :)

    • sesame says

      Definitely not a problem for the body and if you had no problem with using olive oil on the face, again, I don’t see any issue with mixing. Personally, I find olive oil by itself too rich for my face.

  12. MrFrontera says

    theres a difference between topical and internal vitamin C’s

    for example, you cant crush up vitamin C tablets and wet them and use them on your face.

    and same with oranges.

    thats why its important to research the vitamin C ingredients that a company uses in a product.
    because most are either not formulated for your skin, or are not photostable, meaning the ingredients are deteriorating while they are sitting on the shelf

  13. says

    You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    much as I can from your article about oil seeds, interesting to observe and learn

  14. Priya says

    hi..i have read that grapeseed oil is good for hair…especially to prevent hair loss..could you please suggest if it is safe to use? thanks.

  15. Elina says

    Hey ss,
    I was wondering if one applies grapeseed oil on the face and body would any hair growth in those areas occur?

  16. says

    Hi Sesame, (love the wordplay!) I am so glad you made this info about grape seed oil available. I am loving grape seed oil at the moment!! I have been applying an extra virgin cold pressed organically grown version to my face and it feels amazing. So far I havent had any negative side effects at all. I would like to find a more affordable source but I dont want to compromise the potential benefits.

    I’m considering using some grapeseed oil that I purchased from coastal scents. It lists the following as ingredients: Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Olus (or) Vegetable Oil and Tocopherol.

    I dont know any other information about this oil. Could you suggest if it would be good to use on the face or on the body for moisturizing? Or do you think there would be any drawbacks to using this on my face? Could you draw any conclusions from the ing. list about whether or not this oil contains all the collagen boosting benefits? Any information or suggestions you might have would be much appreciated.

    Thanks, Kat

    • sesame says

      Grapeseed oil is great and I’m glad it’s working well for you. The one you mentioned from coastal scents is not 100% pure is it? You can use it for sure no problem but of course a cold pressed, gently refined one is better. Have you checked out Garden of Wisdom? The prices seem okay.

      • Kathleen says

        I just purchased GSO from my local health food store here in N Carolina. It is by NOW company and the store offered more than one brand. Just ask at your local health food store. NOW brand is 100% pure and says it is specifically for Sensitive Skin. I like the benefits I have read since my skin has changed in recent years…it’s drier. So, I’m doing detailed cleansing internally all organs and do not want anything with potential chemicals getting into my bloodstream (your skin absorbs direct to blood). Also, I’ve added more Coconut Oil to my diet for it’s many amazing benefits as well, you can use it on your skin too. Hope this helps.

        • sesame says

          I see…okay, I’ll check it out. We have limited choices here in Singapore and I’m not sure if the brand you mentioned is available here. Thanks for sharing that info. Btw, I’ve never tried coconut oil in my diet although I’ve read about the health benefits. But I do want to try using it on my skin going forward.

  17. Deborah says

    i use grape seed oil everyday. I have some mixed into my breakfast in the morning as well. Since i have been doing this my moods have been much better. My eyesight is better. Im sleeping . The lines around my eyes and mouth have gone. And i feel stronger. I feel that the grapeseed oil has helped me with the troubles i was haveing with menopause. I wrote down all my symptoms befor i started on the grapeseed oil. And i realy feel and see a big difference. Deborah.

    • sesame says

      Oh wow, sounds great! So you use it both topically and orally? I don’t think I’ve ever taken grapeseed oil orally but I’m glad it’s working well for you.

    • Sesame says

      I don’t think it removes well. You can try rosehip oil but if your skin is very oily, this oil could be too rich. Then the other alternative is vitamin E and emu oil but they’re also pretty rich. You can use a combination like jojoba, olive, with one of these.

    • Sesame says

      Oh that’s a nice tip! I’ve never though of using grapeseed oil as an eye makeup remover.

  18. manusha gurung says

    hi sesame its me Manusa.i would like to use grapeseed oil but here in Nepal i didn’t find this oil .so what should i do?is it suitable for all age ?i would like to use it on my face and i have combination skin is it suitable in it?

    • Sesame says

      Yes, it works for combination skin…I have combination skin. As to where to get, I really don’t know. I believe you can get them from India or else you have to purchase them online.

  19. says

    I am currently a massage therapist student, and I use grapeseed oil as my oil of choice. My clients love it!!
    april last post is: Skinactives Every Lipid Serum With Ceramide

  20. says

    I have use the Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil & love them all but was wondering where I could purchase the Rosehip oil…

      • Thelma says

        Thanks so much for your reply..Actually I live in Canada & I find the Rosehip oil difficult to come by…Is there a oil that contains vitamin c vitamin? Thanks!

  21. miriam says

    Hi sesame, my name is miriam from the philippines. Can i ask is the red grapes will help remove my varicouse veins?

    • Sesame says

      I’m not so sure…are you talking about eating them? Perhaps you can do a search on the topic?

  22. says

    What I take is grape seed extract supplement. Very good antioxidant and said to help if you have hypertension :)
    melinda last post is: WELCOME!

  23. Craig says

    I used to buy grapeseed oil at the hobby store. I paint with oils on canvas.
    I add grapeseed oil to the oil paint for a finished gloss and to thin out the paint. It is a beautiful result. I buy a huge bottle of grapeseed oil at Publix for only $8.00

  24. Thelma says

    Hi…does anyone know if Argan oil has any antiaging properties for the face? I presently using Emu oil and love it…..

  25. says

    Recently, I started taking grape seed oil supplements recommended by my friend. I have a lot of skin problems and have oily skin. After taking for 2 weeks, many of my friends said my skin looks less dull. It made me believe that grapeseed oil is effective for the skin!:)
    Dawn last post is: Three Reasons Why Diets Fail

  26. Rebekah says

    I love Grapeseed Oil! I usually order mine from my Wildtree rep – it’s organic and high quality! What a great source of antioxidants as well!

  27. Bree says

    I’ve been using the cold-pressed grape seed oil from
    and love it! They’ve got some great info on their site too.

  28. darlene says

    Hi there …I was wondering if its possible to put on the grape seed oil after I shower and then put on my makeup? Can I replace my regular moisterizer with the oil or can I put on the oil then my mojsterizer and then my makeup? Can I wear this with makeup?

    • Sesame says

      Sure…but it depends on your skin type cos some pple with drier skin feel their skin is not so hydrated just using oil.

  29. Bettina says

    I apply GSO under my makeup and I have found that my oily skin doesnt look oily as the day progresses.
    I have dry leading to over secretion of oils leading to oily skin, so in essence my skin is dry, not oily.
    This is my holy grail oil, but to use with a light hand. Too much and I end up with an oil slick.
    I’m using this on my hair now as a mask so hopefully, it works to give me beautiful shiny hair; damaged from bleaching/colouring.
    BTW, I buy my GSO in the cooking section in Coles. Works fine. Cold pressed. No worries.

    • Sesame says

      I love GSO but I no longer use it now because I’m using others…mainly argan oil. I agree GSO is light and works well.

  30. Regen says

    Hello ♥
    Let may ask if where can i buy a grape seed oil here in cebu, i live in cebu, i take a grape seed soft gel, but i wantd to buy oil.tnx
    Pls rep.

  31. says

    Sesame,Is the grape seed oil good for wrinkles,and lines between the eyes? How long does it take for you to see results,Please e-mail me back at CATA@BLOMAND.NET

    • Sesame says

      It’ll help to reduce fine lines temporarily first and prevent them from deepening too much over time. However, it will not eradicate the lines that are already formed.

  32. Grace says

    Awww I really wish I could use grapeseed oil since it’s cheaper than jojoba but unfortunately it irritates my skin and breaks me out a little (but no cysts, thank god). I know people with nut allergies especially may not be able to tolerate jojoba oil but strangely enough it’s the only oil I can use out of all the ones I’ve tried so far (apricot kernel oil, grapeseed, EVOO, avocado oil, and tamanu oil). I’m too scared to try anything else now! My skin also loves the Josie Maran argan oil ($$$$$$$$) but when I tried another brand of argan I broke out :( Do you have any suggestions for oils that my highly sensitive, acne-prone skin may be able to tolerate?

    • Sesame says

      I think Jojoba oil is closer to your skin’s sebum and hence, more suitable for your skin type. Keep to using that if it works for you and don’t try others since you’ve done so and many don’t agree with your skin. Grapeseed is supposed to work but it doesn’t work for yours. The other one is Evening Primrose Oil. It works to reduce acne inflammation for me and many. But use it with caution. Like I said, if Jojoba works for you, keep to it.

  33. says

    Hi, I have been using grapeseed oil for months is very smooth & I get many complimentsl. The one thing I get tired of is , everytime I look up these articles, trying to get opinions about real people that can share their results, I only find people asking questions about how it works,, whete to buy. I would like to read about people who has actually used the product for a while & that will be more helpful to people, also more convincing than reading about a bunch of people that has never even tried the product. I don’t really need to read about someone who has decided I am going to try it…..a waste of time in my opinion,,…I would like to hear about longterm use of a product.


  1. […] Light texture that penetrates easily into the skin I’ve been using Grapeseed oil daily now instead of my vitamic C serum which I only use in the night. I only need about 3 – 4 drops of the oil for my entire face and it is so light, it absorbs into my skin quite quickly, providing a satin finish without a greasy residue. I like it very much because it is much lighter than Jojoba oil, is slightly astringent and is the perfect oil for me to apply underneath my sunscreen or moisturizer. […]

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