You want your “older than 50” skin to look younger so you try to do your best to get optimal nutrition, enough sleep, and enough water everyday – staples of keeping skin looking younger. But, I bet you don’t know about the many anti-aging skin benefits that this centuries-old, yet common grocery oil, can give you. So, before you spend hundreds on one of the newest “designer” serums, you’ll want to read about this humble, natural oil…
Anti-Inflammatory Ancient Oil Helps Rejuvenate Aging Skin
People who study marketing as a profession will tell you that consumers put more confidence in a product that costs more than a product that offers comparable benefits at a much lower price. Why is that? Well, it’s all tied up in a kind of weird “buyer’s psychology” which basically boils down to people assume the more expensive solution, or product, is the better, more trustworthy, or successful product. It makes no real sense, but manufacturers of many different products use “premium pricing” strategies to take advantage of this strange psychology.
And nothing could be truer of anti-aging skin care products. It’s mind boggling to me how people would actually spend $400 or more on so-called anti-aging serums, lotions, etc, when they more often than not, don’t work any better, or often not even as well, as something much more natural and cheaper. That’s why I’d like to tell you about an ancient oil that’s been used by women – and men – alike for centuries for its skin rejuvenating, anti-aging benefits.
It’s real name is Vitus Vinifera but you may know it better as plain ol’ grapeseed oil – a rather common oil that you can buy in your grocer’s cooking, or salad oil, aisle. But there’s nothing common about the many anti-aging health benefits that this modest, relatively inexpensive, oil offers to your skin.
First, grapeseed oil is rich in linoleic and oleic acids, natural palmatic, stearic and palmitoleic acids, which are sought for their use in more expensive face and body creams as” carrier oil”. Grapeseed oil is also rich in beta carotene, antioxidant and immune system boosting vitamins C, E, D, and a powerful flavonoid called ‘oligomeric procyanidin’. All of these fight free radical damage in the largest organ of your body – your skin – and protects against sun damage. It’s this potent antioxidant structure of grapeseed oil that makes it especially effective as an anti-aging “serum” without the high-priced designer tag.
Here’s what grapeseed oil does for your skin that helps it stay younger looking:
1. Builds collagen: Its vitamin C content stimulates collagen production. Adequate collagen is what keeps skin structures, as well as tiny blood capillaries in skin, tightly knit and maintaining its tone. Young skin, like that in children and up to age 30, has more collagen in it. Once you pass 30, collagen production starts to decrease dramatically unless you make the effort to boost it back up. It also provides excellent anti-inflammatory benefits to your skin, and turns off free radical damage. Free radicals damage skin’s DNA, destroy collagen, and make skin lose tone.
2. Tightens/tones skin: The application of grapeseed oil to your skin has the effect of drawing the skin, tightening it and toning it. That means it can shrink pores and help tone up slackened facial skin. It also helps tighten tiny blood capillaries in the skin so they stop leaking out and causing skin bruising. It also helps diminish varicose veins as well as decrease appearance of, or prevent, stretch marks.
3. Deeply moisturizes. Grapeseed oil is light and its structure thin so that it is able to penetrate the dermis layers, getting down to the deeper layers to provide moisture. As a result it helps hold moisture in severely dry skin. It also greatly diminishes wrinkles that can start to form in hormonally aging skin once testosterone and estrogen levels start to fall. It works as well for an overall body moisturizer too.
4. Rids dark eye circles. Under the eyes, those dark circles you see more now that you’re older are from weak and broken tiny blood capillaries in the skin beneath your eyes. Grapeseed oil helps strengthen these capillaries so they quit leaking. After about a week of using grapeseed oil under the eye, dark circles should be much less prominent with results continuing with use.
You could buy a more expensive anti-aging cream from a department store, or from a late night TV infomercial at $50, or more, a month on a recurring monthly charge. But, you likely won’t buy a better, more effective, product and one that has no artificial “chemical” ingredients that have other side effects on your health. So, ‘buyer psychology’ aside, why spend 100 times more on anti-aging skin care when you can pay less than $10 for a large bottle of oil that has worked for people for centuries. At least try it before you spend hundreds on one of those expensive “doctor” brand anti-aging products.
Jay Brachfeld, M.D.