I picked up a cometic grade grapeseed oil at Vitamin Shopee for around $5. My sisters loves to use it as a precleanse and urged me to try it for my blackheads and clogged pores. I have been using it for 2 weeks and I definitely see a difference in my skin, it is more hydrated with less blackheads; I'm not sure if that is attributed to the oil or using Retin-A again. However, I will continue to use because I feel my skin is more hydrated and not so dry and uncomfortable. I pour the oil on cottom pads and gently rub around my face, concentrating on my T-zone. Then, I let the oil sit on my face for around 10 min in the shower; when I'm done with everything else I wash my face with a regular cleanser or a gentle scrub.
I've been on an oil spree lately: so far, I've tried almond oil (the regular kind, not the sweet kind) which was okay, coconut oil (which was fantastic), and now this. I wanted to try this, because my friend has taken some skincare courses at her cosmotology school, and she said that grapeseed oil has the strongest antioxidant properties out of all the oils. The result so far has been radiant skin. I wish grapeseed oil would smell as good as coconut oil, but you can't have everything. I've been using Korres skincare products lately (which have also been fantastic), but I wouldn't hesitate to use this oil at some point in my life again (especially in the summer time), because in the winter, my skin is still dry when I put it on my face (my skin just drinks the oil up.
This is slowly growing to HG status for me! I also have oily, yet dehydrated skin as well, and it has been super difficult for me to find a way to moisturize my skin without breaking out. I really needed one too because my skin clearing cream, Neutrogena Anti Wrinkle Retinol cream, was very drying and actually made my pores look sunken in and dried up. I tried tons of store-bought, synthetic moisturizers....Cetaphil, Merlot, CE Booths, Aveeno, Olay, Neutrogena, Cerave, Eucerin etc....they were ALL breaking me out, leaving a film, or not hydrating my skin...After seeing many good reviews and recs for using grapeseed oil in skincare, I decided to introduce it into my regimen since it is known for being mildly light, filled with antioxidants, and having toning properties. I started out by incorporating it as a precleanser ,and low and behold it left my skin super glowy and smooth. I have continued to use it as a precleanser since and now I also use it as a moisturizer that must be applied on a DAMP face so that it absorbs in and doesn't dry my face out. I am basically falling in love with this stuff because it is actually clearing this burst of constant acne I have been having on my cheeks. It's healing everything right over, giving me a glow, and moisturizing me a tad. I have been informed by many that grapeseed oil will get drying because of its astrigent property, so i will be adding another oil in to moisturize better, but i will definitely keep this oil in stock! I'm looking to try sweet almond oil, hazelnut oil, and maybe avocado, but I definitely encourage trying oils in skincare--and this is coming from someone who once broke out horribly when trying olive and jojoba oils....so yeah i rec that people do their research and try out lighter oils first, especially this one!! =)
oh and btw, I use the NOW brand of grapeseed oil..it was only $4 at my nearby health food store AND it is sold in a bottle that is MUCH better than Aura Cacia's because you can dispense the oil in drops =D
UPDATE a few weeks later: I'm still LOVING this..i actually stopped using it for a week because i started using hazelnut oil as a moisturizer, but i started using this again underneath the hazelnut and its helpin my skin problems heal over much better!!! Officially HG status for me!
I have found my HG moisturizer! I have oily but dehydrated skin so it's hard to find something that will hydrate, but not make me oily throughout the day. This stuff is so great. I just gently massage a few drops into my skin at night and when I wake up in the morning, my face is not oily, just smooth and hydrated. This oil is so inexpensive as well! I don't buy a large amount though because the shelf life is shorter than most oils....maybe 6-9 months stored in a cool dry place. A small amount lasts long though if you're just using it for your face. It feels good to find a natural product that does the trick.
I use this as a n occasional boost when my skin is feeling dull. I apply it before I go to bed (after serum and eye cream). It still amazes me that using an oil on my face makes my skin less oily, but my skin always feels and looks better after using it.
I will try the tips here and use it for a pre-cleanser.
Wonderful oil. Thanks to all the reviews. I use it as a pre cleanse and also as a moisturizer. My skin tone has improved and I haven't gotten any reactions from it. I got mine from mountain rose herbs. Good deal.
I got this stuff on a whim during a terrible breakout and didn't even know what to do with it, hah. The awesome ladies on the skin board suggested using it as a precleanser, so I did. I wet my face with warm water, then squirt a teeny bit if this on my hand and massage it in with my fingertips or a washcloth in circular motions. I usually do that for one to two minutes straight, to really work it in (hey, it feels good). Then I rinse it off with water, usually splashing my face ten times or so, and follow up with my regular cleanser.
All I can say is WOW this stuff makes my skin feel amazing. Balanced and moisturized but not greasy at all, which is amazing for combination, acne-prone skin. This stuff also really seems to speed up healing of old acne breakouts, which can get dried out and look like poop for weeks on end. I have been using it for about two weeks now, and it hasn't seemed to be contributing to any new breakouts. Instead, my skin has a "glow" to it that it hasn't had for a long time due to years of acne treatments. I'm pretty much in love with this stuff. The bottle I got cost maybe $8, but it will last forever because you only need a little squeeze to get it going.
My only beef is that the bottle dispenses the oil in "squirts", making it hard to get the right amount. I also wonder if a more opaque bottle would protect it from breaking down in the sun, though I do keep it in my medicine cabinet. At any rate, it's not bad enough to warrant taking off a lippie, as good as this stuff has been to me. I'd recommend everyone with oily, damaged skin give this a try.
I usually wait until I have used a product for a while to review it, but I'm so excited by Grapeseed Oil I have to write now!!! I'll update later too... I have never seen my skin change noticeably overnight until using this as a precleanse. Seriously, I woke up & my skin was smooth, bumps had deflated overnight, it was even & toned. To the point that my husband came in the bathroom and said, "Did you already put makeup on?". Same result today. I also rubbed a little on some stubborn chest zits last night and they are on their way out this morning. I'm so glad I discovered this instead of blowing $25 + s&h on DHC or MAC cleansing oil. What a find, thank you MUA gals for the informative reviews!
EDIT: 3 years later...I have been using this or jojoba as a precleanse when I wear sunscreen or heavy makeup. I have been using grapeseed oil as my only nighttime moisturizer & patting it on in the morning under sunscreen. It is just the perfect oil for my skin. I really think it is finding the right oil with the right properties for your skin. I have a couple tiny Nalgene bottles from REI that I use for travel. Same as with the big bottle - remove lid, tip bottle over & back to upright, pat oil on face. I have added Retin-A Micro to my routine to even things & prevent wrinkles. The grapeseed oil has been the perfect moisturizer. Occasionally if I use the Retin-A too many nights in a row or am dry for some reason I will combine a little jojoba in flaky spots, but I just swear by grapeseed - sooooo glad I found this oil. continued >>
As a pre-cleanse, this totally clogged my clog-prone skin. Avocado is the only oil I can use on my oily/dehydrated face and its awesome. So now I have a whole bottle of this stuff that I can't use. Then I was reading an article by a bunch of different dermatologists (and I can't find the article now darnit), but one of them said as a gentle antioxidant eye treatment, he recommends patting grapeseed oil around the eyes 15-30 min prior to getting in the shower, then let the steam help it penetrate skin. The linoleic acid helps smooth skin as well. Well it really works. I pat a drop all around both eyes when I first get out of bed, go about my business for a bit, then jump in the shower and wait until the end to rinse it off. I've been doing this for about 2 weeks and it has noticeably brightened and smoothed the skin around my eyes, especially my upper lids. Doesn't burn my eyes or bother my contacts either.
I love this product as a precleanser and as a moisturizer. I have sundamaged, sensitive, acne prone skin. I mostly use this as a precleanser. I massage it all over my face and neck. Then I wipe off with a wet warm towel. Next I wash with MyChelle's white cranberry cleanser. The results have been amazing. It leaves my skin brighter, even, and more radiant. I'll use some as a moisturizer if i need it and I've had no breakouts. I'll never be without grapeseed oil again. I can't stop touching my skin I can hardly believe how soft it's become, lol.