Ever tried using wheat germ oil for skin? It may not win a popularity contest among the carrier oils, but it’s worth a try!
Why use wheat germ oil for skin?
Wheat germ oil has very high levels of Vitamin E and you know how good that is for your skin! Actually, among all the vegetable oils, wheat germ has the highest Vitamin E content.
Besides the vitamin, the oil contains fatty acids like linoleic (omega-6), palmitic, and oleic (omega-9) acids. Plus it has vitamins A and D and minerals.
That combo is the reason why you should use the oil for skin… they can work magic on dry skin crying out for help… like my cracked heels right now.
Wheat germ oil benefits
1. It is a great moisturizer
Wheat germ oil locks in moisture so it prevents dryness and eases itchy, flaky skin. That makes the oil perfect for elbows, knees and heels.
The oil is also great for hair too… Use it to moisturize your hair follicles.
2. Vitamin E does wonders
Is Vitamin E serum already in your skin care routine? It’s in mine! The vitamin is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and definitely calms red, angry skin.
Actually, take a look at this study from Iran.
It found natural remedies like wheat germ oil, flaxseed oil, black seed oil, and violet oil can ease psoriasis symptoms. So, use wheat germ to calm psoriasis spots and other inflammatory skin conditions (patch test first though!).
3. It helps with blood circulation
I don’t know how. The scientists aren’t so sure either. But they’ve found that massaging wheat germ oil on your skin improves circulation. Maybe it’s because there’s more blood flow to the skin so more oxygen gets in there.
Needless to say, the oil leaves your skin looking radiant.
Add a little lavender oil too for a great smelling massage blend.
Get wheat germ oil:
And pin this:
Skip the oil if you have acne
There’s this scale for rating vegetable oils that cause acne. It’s called a comedogenic rating. Wheat germ oil has the highest rating – meaning it is likely to cause acne.
So, if you have acne prone skin, skip using wheat germ oil.
Also, if you have Celiac disease, you should avoid the oil too. Wheat germ has gluten in it. I don’t think the oil has gluten, but it’s better to be safe and avoid it if you have gluten allergies.
Or patch test to make sure you aren’t reacting to the oil.
If you are not acne-prone or sensitive, wheat germ oil will be a great oily friend to your skin… especially during winter!
Have you ever used the oil before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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First posted: Feb 2019
Last updated: March 2020
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