grapeseed oil vs jojoba oil

Grapeseed Oil vs Jojoba Oil: Which one is better for the face?

Grapeseed oil and jojoba oil are both great oils for the face if you use them correctly and select high-quality oils (which doesn’t mean they have to be expensive). Just go for pure organic oils from a renowned brand, preferably in a dark bottle.

Grapeseed Oil or Jojoba Oil: Which is better for you?

Both grapeseed oil and jojoba oil are great for aging skin as they contain anti-aging vitamin E and many other nutrients beneficial for your skin. Jojoba oil is more similar to sebum, the natural oil produced by our skin.  Helping regulate the natural production of oil by the epidermis, jojoba is perfectly suitable for acne-prone skin.

The comedogenicity rating of jojoba oil is higher than the one of grapeseed oil but my personal experience, having mixed skin (my nose is the oiliest part), does not show any comedogenic effects of jojoba oil. It is one of my favorite oils I’ve been using for a long time.

grapeseed oil vs jojoba oil

I personally prefer jojoba oil, both I love the smooth texture of grapeseed oil as well so I often mix these two oils together. The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of jojoba oil blend with the anti-aging properties of the grapeseed oil, making it a good option for treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Jojoba oil is great for skin cleansing and moisturizing, being an affordable and efficient option.

If you have never tried using jojoba oil, you are missing out on an amazing skincare oil. It works well for all skin types: dry, normal, and oily skin, balancing sebum production.


grapeseed oil

It is lighter than jojoba oil and thus better at controlling facial oils. Second, it contains a lot of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant for your skin. A study measured the effects of grapeseed oil on oily skin.

Grapeseed oil is packed with vitamin E, having tightening properties for the skin.

Scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins is 20 times greater than vitamin E and 50 times greater than vitamin C.

For women with acne-prone skin, grapeseed oil is one of the best picks because of its astringent properties. It contains linoleic acid, which works healing and anti-inflammatory on the skin. It’s quickly absorbed by the skin and delivers antioxidants deep into the cell tissue.

What is it?
This fragrance-free, light plant oil comes from grape seeds, typically those that are by-products of winemaking. Having a very low saturated fat content, this oil is lightweight with a fluid texture.

What does it contain?
Grapeseed oil has a high content of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant with proven anti-aging effects on the skin. It also contains several phenolic antioxidants (like resveratrol). High in linoleic acid, this plant oil has many benefits for the skin.

What skin type is it good for?
Grapeseed oil’s benefits apply to all skin types, but its light texture makes it especially great for normal to slightly dry skin or dry areas of combination skin.

What benefits does it have?
Using grapeseed oil regularly results in smoother, softer, more radiant skin. Its antioxidant content strengthens the skin’s resilience to pollution and other environmental nasties.

Grapeseed oil is an essential ingredient in many natural skincare products, especially those designed for very dry skin.


Jojoba oil

Whether your complexion is dry, oily or a mixed one with the T-zone, jojoba oil can help balance out your skin’s moisture levels. It is also anti-inflammatory, which makes it a great choice for conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This is recommended for all skin types.

What is it?
Jojoba oil is the oil extracted from the seeds of jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis), a plant native to the Southwestern United States. It is fragrance-free with a yellow to a goldish color and light texture.

What does it contain?
Fatty acids in jojoba oil get easily absorbed into the skin’s uppermost layers. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin. That’s why jojoba oil is perfectly suitable for aging skin.

What skin type is it good for?
Jojoba oil can be used by all skin types. This plant oil doesn’t feel as greasy as, for instance, coconut oil or olive oil. It is easy to spread over the skin.

What benefits does it have?
Jojoba oil helps balance out your skin’s moisture levels. Having anti-inflammatory properties, it makes a great choice for conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

You can watch a comparison of grapeseed oil vs jojoba oil in this video:

Although this article is mainly about grapeseed oil and jojoba oil, comparing the properties of these two oils, I can’t help mentioning another oil, which has recently become my favorite oil as well.


Rosehip Seed Oil

rosehip oil

Extracted from the seeds of rosebush, rosehip seed oil is often compared with retinol, nevertheless without the irritating side effects. It contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, which increase cell turnover. If you start using it on your face, you’ll notice a significant improvement in scars, dark spots, and other skin issues.

The effects similar to retinol result in an increase in collagen and elastin production, which means aging skin benefits from rosehip seed oil significantly. Its high concentrations of linoleic acid may also help acne-prone skin. This is best for dark spots, scars, and fine lines.

Grapeseed Oil vs Jojoba Oil For Hair

Both grapeseed oil and jojoba oil can be used in hair care as well. They can be mixed together or added to coconut oil.

Rubbing grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or a blend of any of these oils into your hair at least 15 minutes before washing helps you get shiny healthy-looking hair.

Depending on your hair type and quality, you can do this procedure once a week or once a month.

Related Questions

Is Jojoba oil better than coconut oil?

Coconut oil, being widely used by people who prefer natural skincare, is one of the healthiest oils for your hair. It can be used on your skin as well, but the comedogenicity rate is higher than the one of jojoba oil.

If you ask me, I prefer jojoba oil on my face and coconut oil on my hair, before washing.

Can you mix jojoba oil and grapeseed oil?

Yes, you can blend these two oils together and you may add another one according to your preferences. The resulting blend provides you with the benefits of all the oils. It never hurts to experiment!

Can you apply oil under your makeup?

Yes. Applying oil under your makeup will make your skin look healthier, glowing, and supple. It is necessary to apply only a small amount and wait a few minutes before applying the foundation.

Try applying a little bit of jojoba oil or grapeseed oil on your skin in the morning and rosehip oil at night. This is my preferred way how to use these oils in my skincare routine.

I’d like to stress out that everyone’s skin is different so your face might react differently to the oils I prefer. However, skin oils are quite inexpensive and it pays off to experiment and find the one that’s best for you.


The role of phytonutrients in skin health

Transdermal delivery of amino acids and antioxidants enhance collagen synthesis: in vivo and in vitro studies

Human synthetic sebum formulation and stability under conditions of use and storage

The grape antioxidant resveratrol for skin disorders: promise, prospects, and challenges

Assessment of viscoelasticity and hydration effect of herbal moisturizers using bioengineering techniques

Polyphenolics in grape seed: biochemistry and functionality

Grapeseed oil for skin: benefits and uses

Fatty acid composition, oxidative stability, antioxidant and antiproliferative properties of selected cold-pressed grape seed oils and flours

8 thoughts on “Grapeseed Oil vs Jojoba Oil: Which one is better for the face?

  1. Hey Lenka,

    I’ve been weighing in more on the grapeseed oil since it’s lighter and that my skin is actually pretty oily but reading more on the jojoba oil, I was surprised that although it’s more oily than grapeseed, it’s actually better as it tricks the skin’s oil glands by saying that the skin already has enough oil. Do you think jojoba’s the right one for me?

    1. Hi Riaz,
      that’s really hard to say, they both have their benefits, that’s why I mix them. But if I had to choose between these two for my mixed to oily skin, it would be jojoba oil.
      Jojoba oil is really great, when I leave it overnight the skin is so smooth and soft in the morning. The grapeseed oil makes a smoother impression when you rub it between your fingers but putting it on the face, I have a feeling it doesn’t provide that much moisturizing.
      If I were you, I’d probably tried the jojoba oil to see whether it would balance the sebum production and if I wasn’t happy with that, I’d try the grapeseed oil then. 
      It’s not easy to determine which one is better for a particular person. Some people swear by olive oil but for me, it’s too greasy, I don’t like the feeling. I have tried almost all the oils that exist 🙂

  2. I’m pretty obsessed with my facial routine, and I’ve never heard of the benefits of either of these oils.  It may just be because I have acne-prone skin, so whenever I DO purchase a product, which these days I have been purchasing exclusively Brickell products because they’re natural and they don’t make my skin break out.  But I’d love to know more about whether or not these cause acne?  How are they for acne-prone skin?  I’m all about anti-aging creams and serums, and they are definitely expensive so I use them all in moderation.  Jojoba seems like it would be better for me since it’s less greasy

    1. It’s hard to say whether a product causes acne or not but, to be honest, I wouldn’t trust any skincare product with a long list of ingredients a hundred percent. If I were you, I’d go for an organic pure oil like this Jojoba Oil by Kate Blanc. I think you’ll be surprised by the effects if you add it to your night skincare routine. 

      I have mixed skin and I also tried to avoid oils when I was at college but it didn’t help, I had breakouts and blemishes and had to use a lot of makeup to cover it up, to look at least a bit normal 🙂

      I was really surprised when I started using facial oils (you only need a drop or two) after cleansing my face at night, my skin feels much happier now.

  3. Hey Lenka,

    I suffer from very dry skin and a bit oily around the nose area. Every now and then I get a few spots as well. I generally use a cleanser and an intensive moisturizer and that helps a bit. after reading your article I’m thinking I should maybe switch to using the jojoba oil instead, what do you think?  


    1. Hello Lisa,
      I’d definitely recommend you giving jojoba oil a try. A small bottle lasts quite long because you only need a drop or two to use on your face after cleansing when your face is still wet a bit. 
      I also have oily skin around the nose and I’ll probably never have skin that would be completely free of spots, but since I started using oils in my night skin routine, my skin feels more hydrated and I’m not seeing any new wrinkles (enough that I have the 11 lines I haven’t managed to get rid of yet). I was also surprised that it doesn’t clog pores at all.

  4. Thank you for sharing this article. It’s always important when finding skincare products to get the ones that will bring the most results and from what you’ve explained about both products I think they both fit this criteria. I also appreciate that you gave an extensive review on both making it easier to choose. 

    1. Thank you for your comment, Bella. I know it’s quite difficult to decide what oil to choose as they are all beneficial, in one way or the other. It is all about knowing the basics and then trying the ones that seem to be most suitable for your skin type and then seeing which one is providing the best results. 

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