You know its taste and you probably consume it on a regular basis. But few people actually know about the benefits of pink grapefruit in beauty and cosmetics. As it turns out, Pink Grapefruit essential oil is a great active ingredient against acne and oily hair.
This article will show you all the oil’s benefits for skin and hair care. You’ll see what it can do in each situation, and you’ll also get to use it right away if you want. You can do so because I’m giving you a few very nice and simple blends to make at home.
No matter what the skin or hair’s needs may be, you can definitely use one product to meet them all. The oil of Pink Grapefruit never disappoints, neither in efficacy nor in fragrance. It’s always a pleasure to use this aromatic essence.
A Few Words on Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil and Its Benefits
Your face is the most exposed, thus it often receives the most attention too. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is always clean, hydrated and firm. There are lots of causes and factors that may affect the integrity of your complexion.
Scalp on the other hand, being covered in hair most of the times, gets a lot less attention. Your complexion may suffer from acne and scars, and dryness on certain areas. The scalp and hair can suffer from an excess of sebum, dryness or dandruff.
These very common problems can be controlled with a lot of attention and care. Attention to what you use and regular care may lead to a working solution for your problems.
There are many “promising” commercial products available, and they usually cost a little fortune. But the truth is that they can’t really do what nature can. Essential oils are natural products.
They’re extracted through various methods from various plants and blossoms. Pink Grapefruit essential oil is extracted via steam distillation from the dried rinds of the fruit.
Fruits usually yield vegetable oils, because of their fat pulp. The rinds can also be cold pressed or expelled. Fruit oils extracted in this manner are usually phototoxic. That means they can cause serious skin reactions during sun exposure.
Since Pink Grapefruit oil is extracted through steam distillation, it is not phototoxic. So, read carefully the label or the product description of your oil and look for the extraction method.
The botanical name of our oil is Citrus paradisi. It has a very fresh and fruity, almost mouth-watering fragrance.
The oil of Pink Grapefruit is very popular in cellulite treatments. It can help drain the tissue, constrict blood vessels and tone the skin. It can also act as a lipolytic and lymphatic, and it can improve the circulation.
Nonetheless, Pink Grapefruit essential oil contains 90 – 98% limonene.
- This substance is a DNA protector and a tumor inhibitor.
- It gives the oil astringent properties. This ability causes the shrinking of the pores and the toning of the skin.
- It can also control the sebum production.
- The oil has the power to kill bacteria and fungi.
- It can protect against infections and inflammations.
- And it can also remove dandruff.
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil for Hair
Oily hair is caused by an excess of sebum. This excess may appear during stressful moments, or because of the use of harsh hair care products. They usually strip the hair of its natural oil, which causes the glands to produce even more oil than before.
How can you use this oil for hair care?
You can simply add it to your shampoos and conditioners, or you can add it in your favorite masks. The essence can be added to almost any mixture of ingredients you can think of. They can be water, milk, vegetable oils, honey, eggs, avocado purees, spices, etc.
All these can be used at home for a shiny and healthy hair. The oil of Pink Grapefruit can contribute and even enhance all their benefits.
The oil can contribute to the overall health of the hair. It can bring back its natural shininess and luster and it can stimulate its growth. At the same time, nourishing and strengthening, the oil of Pink Grapefruit can also prevent hair loss.
Oily Hair Mask Idea
- Grapefruit or lemon juice: 2 Oz (60 ml)
- Pink Grapefruit oil: 15 drops
- Sage essential oil: 10 -15 drops
Mix well all the ingredients and apply all over the scalp and hair roots. Keep it on for at least 30 minutes and then rinse the mixture with lukewarm water. Continue with a natural shampoo and conditioner.
This blend is meant to cleanse the scalp, balance the sebum production and give vitality to your hair.
Pink Grapefruit essential oil can also give your hair a fresh and delicious fragrance. All that while it strengthens the hair roots and its whole length. The oil can also cleanse deeply, removing all other debris left from styling products. These ones usually weigh heavy on the hair strands, making it more prone to breakage.
Fragrant Hair Spray
- Neroli hydrosol (floral water): 2 Oz (60ml)
- Pink Grapefruit EO: 30 drops
Combine the two ingredients together and shake well before each use. Spray all over the hair and then comb it as usual. Your hair will smell divinely and it will shine and look all healthy again.
Pink Grapefruit oil can remove dandruff and soothe all itchiness. Like I said above, it has the power to kill fungi and bacteria. Dandruff is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia. Its causes may be multiple, but ultimately this fungus feeds on all the important nutrients.
Those are nutrients that your hair should normally receive. Dandruff dries the scalp. It makes it flaky and weakens the hair, making its growth very slow.
You could make it easier by simply adding the essential oil in your regular shampoo and/or conditioner. You can add up to 30 drops per each 100 ml of product and then use normally.
Anti-Dandruff Homemade Spray
- Pink Grapefruit essential oil: 12 drops
- Cedarwood essential oil: 10 drops
- Pure alcohol or vodka: 3.38 fl. Oz (100 ml)
- Spray bottle (plastic or glass)
Mix all these ingredients together and shake the blend before use. Spray the lotion on the scalp and hair roots and gently massage it in. You can do so daily for 2 – 3 weeks or less often, depending on your mood or needs.
This blend is meant to remove the dandruff, prevent hair loss and tone the hair and scalp.
The oil of Pink Grapefruit can also help detangle the hair. All its molecules act in a perfect synergy. They can repair the hair cuticles and help them seal in the moisture. It can also nourish and soften the hair. All these may lead to a very easy to style hair.
Homemade Detangler Hair Blend
- Pink Grapefruit essential oil: 3 drops
- Glycerin: 3 drops
- Aloe Vera gel: 1 tsp.
- Pure water: 8.50 fl. Oz (250 ml)
Mix all these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray all over the hair 10 – 15 minutes before washing the hair. By doing this, your hair will stay smooth and easy to comb fresh out of the shower, wet or dry.
Here are some of the best synergies for hair care:
- Rosewood essential oil.
- Lemon essential oil.
- Lemongrass essential oil.
- Lemon Verbena essential oil.
- Rice proteins,
- Soy proteins,
The good news is that these natural remedies for hair care will do the trick without damaging the hair. Unlike commercial products that usually work only for a short period of time. They can also leave you with more problems than before or worsen the situation.
Luckily, Pink Grapefruit oil smells incredibly well and is very useful for hair care too. No matter where you add it and what you mix it with, it’ll always help.
Make sure you use the oil within 6 months after opening the bottle! It is one of the sensitive essential oils and needs to be stored in cool, dark and dry places.
Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil for Skin
By far the most important quality of this essence is its astringency. What does this mean? It means that, once in contact with the skin, the oil will cause the blood vessels to contract. That will result in a more toned and firm skin tissue.
The oil can also minimize the appearance of pores. What happens in fact is that the oil can unclog the pores. That makes them look smaller, which is always a good thing. No more dirt in the pores means less acne outbursts.
Pink grapefruit can also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. These two fibers are extremely important for the skin because they are its main support.
Acne is often caused by an excess of sebum, which clogs the pores. They then get inflamed when bacteria and dead skin cells accumulate in the clogged pore. Cysts, pustules and white heads are usually formed that way.
Regular use of Pink Grapefruit essential oil will help cleanse the skin and stimulate its natural regeneration process. It will also help balance the sebum production. Read more about oily skin and a proper skin care routine.
The best synergies for skin care can be achieved by combining all or some of the following:
- Lemon essential oil.
- Rose Geranium essential oil.
- Fennel essential oil.
- Cypress essential oil.
- Arrow root.
- Alum powder.
- Bamboo sap.
All these ingredients are usually efficient against mild to moderate acne. More severe situations should only be treated after visiting with your dermatologist. Make sure you know exactly what type of acne you’re suffering from, so you can use the proper oils.
Acne Blend Recipe
- Pink Grapefruit essential oil: 7 drops
- Cistus essential oil: 5 drops
- Carrot seed essential oil: 6 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
After mixing all these ingredients, make sure you shake the blend well before use. That’ll activate the molecules of the essential oils. Apply on a clean face morning and night or only at night.
Use this blend for 2 – 3 weeks and then take 1 – 2 weeks break. During this time you can use a different blend, just as potent. The skin tends to get used to what you feed it so we want to prevent that from happening.
Sebum Balance and Control
- Pink Grapefruit oil: 2 drops
- Ylang-Ylang essential oil: 2 drops
- Watermelon seed oil: ½ fl. Oz (15 ml)
- Small roll-on bottle
Add all the essential oils over the carrier in the bottle. Shake well before use and apply on a clean face each night (and/or day). You’ll notice after a few uses how well the oil behaves on your oily skin. You’ll also notice how less sebum your skin produces with this blend.
Beauty Serum Recipe for Oily Skin
- Pink Grapefruit essential oil: 5 drops
- Cypress essential oil: 5 drops
- Neroli (orange blossom) essential oil: 5 drops
- Vanilla extract: 1 drop
- Hazelnut carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
You can mix all these ingredients in a glass or plastic bottle and keep it in a cool, dark place. Always shake well before use! Try to use within 3 months’ time. Apply it as a concentrated serum at night, after cleansing and toning.
A few Safety Words for the Use of Grapefruit Oil
When it comes to safety, essential oils should be treated with care and respect. They may come in small bottles, but they’re strong essences. The oil of Pink Grapefruit doesn’t possess any major threats.
However, it should always be tested for allergic reactions. Just dilute a drop and massage it into your skin. Keep your eyes on that area to see if there’s any reaction. Also, always dilute the oil and never take it orally without medical approval.
Make sure you don’t use it for long periods of time to avoid skin sensitivity or becoming inactive. I also recommend making small batches every time. That’ll ensure you always have fresh serums and lotions.
It will also prevent the oxidation of the essential oils you used. Some have a longer shelf life than others. If you know them, then you could also estimate the shelf life of your entire blend.
Just a small bottle of Pink Grapefruit essential oil could be the answer to your acne and oily hair problem. You can never know when you need a fast intervention, and unlike other useful essential oils against acne, this one smells a lot better. Should you use it fast before going out of the house, you’ll only smell better.
What’s your opinion about this essential oil? Do you like it? Have you ever used it for either of the conditions detailed in this post?