What is Grapeseed Oil?
Grapeseed oil is a light oil with a vivid green color which varies depending on the method of extraction used (e.g. cold pressing) and the organic status of the oil. It is used in many skin treatments for conditions such as acne, loose skin, scars and stretch marks, general moisturizing and more.
What are the Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Stretch Marks?
It contains antioxidants in the form of phenols and vitamin e. It has astringent qualities which help to tighten and tone the skin which is a very useful property as skin that is affected by stretch marks is usually slackened and less elastic than the surrounding skin.
In one study, rats that were wounded were treated with this oil showed an increase in collagen content. Stretch marks have a lack of collagen which results in the sunken appearance, increasing collagen can help with this.
How to use Grapeseed Oil for Stretch Marks?
To get the best results possible you should rub the oil into the at least twice daily, preferably three times daily for around two to five minutes. Massaging the oil is very important! It increases the absorption which means the oil can get to work deep down in the skin where stretch marks occur. Massage the oil after washing in the morning to help lock in the moisture and again at night before bed.
To further enhance the benefits of the oil you should dry body brush the skin before applying the oil. If you haven’t heard of this before, dry brushing is basically exfoliating the skin until it is a pinkish color while it’s still dry with a brush made with natural bristles. This removes the dead skin cells which allows the oil to penetrate even further and stimulates circulation bringing nutrients to the area. Dry brushing by itself may reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Buying the Right Grapeseed Oil…
There are many great brands out there but there are some key things you must look out for. The oil should be certified organic, cold pressed and unrefined (cold pressed oils are usually unrefined) this way you get much higher nutrient content. If the oil is pale and not a deep green color do not buy it, this lighter color indicates a lower nutrient content.
Be patient! I know this one is hard but reducing stretch marks does take time (weeks to months) but you will see results in the first 4 weeks providing you bought a good quality oil.
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