Because of its healing qualities, people have been using rosehip oil for generations. I was introduced to resehip seed oil about 2 years ago when I suffered from chickenpox scars. Horrible story!
Since then, rosehip oil and I have been inseparable.
Read on to learn more about this oil, how it can benefit your skin, and how to add it to your skin care regimen.
What is Rosehip Oil?
Rosehip oil is also known as rosehip seed oil, made from the Chile wild rose bush called Rosa Canina.
Unlike rose oil, derived from rose petals, the fruit and seeds of the rose bush, when pressed, produces the rosehip oil.
Those small buds are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids harnessed to do wonders to your skin!
The method of extraction of the oil from rosehip seeds defines its quality. A good quality rosehip oil has a golden amber color and smells earthy.
To make sure the product you get has the maximum amount of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, you should look for cold-pressed (heat-free) oil.
History of Rosehip Oil
As far back as 2,600 b.c, roses have been quite the garden favorite during the time of the ancient Sumerians. Greek poet Sappho writing in 600 b.c.named the rose the "Queen of Flowers." Garlands of roses decorated statues of gods and goddesses in Greece and Rome.
Early Christians considered rosehips to be sacred. They crafted the first rosary beads from rosehips.
Herbalists in centuries past, such as the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder, recorded numerous ways to prepare roses to extract their medicinal virtues — from the petals to the fruits and seeds.
Different uses of Rosehip Oil
Of course, we want to know about the skin benefits of this oil. But, it can't hurt to know more about the known uses of rosehip oil. Here are some of them:
- Soothes and hydrates hair
- Hydrates and restores nail health
- Dispels stress, depression, and nervous tension
Skin Benefits of Rosehip Oil
Now, let's get to the good stuff! Rosehip oil has tons of benefits to offer for our skin.
Because it is dry, non-greasy, and super light, rosehip oil is absorbed easily by the skin. Couple this with its nourishing fatty acids and you have a great natural moisturizer for all skin types.
A study from 2015 researched the effectiveness of taking rosehip powder orally on skin wrinkles, moisture, and elasticity. The participants experienced noticeable improvements in the overall moisture of their skin.
Boosts collagen formation
Collagen is essential for skin elasticity and firmness. It is vital for wrinkle-free skin. Low levels of collagen lead to sagging skin and wrinkles!
Our bodies do make this protein naturally. However, the more we age, the less collagen we can produce naturally.
Luckily, rosehip oil is rich in Vitamins A and C, which are both so important in collagen formation.
Helps reduce inflammation
According to another study, rosehip powder has a positive effect also over different kinds of inflammations.
Rosehips are rich in beneficial compounds called polyphenols and anthocyanin, which may help reduce inflammation.
Moreover, the oil contains vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, also known for its anti-inflammatory effects. With this in mind, rosehip oil may help calm irritation resulting from acne and blemishes.
Corrects UV damage from the sun
The main reason for premature aging is the lifetime exposure to the sun. UV rays can hinder your body’s ability to produce collagen.
Rosehip oil can help with this too. Because it is an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, it tackles visible sun damage.
For the same reason, this vitamin-packed cocktail is a potential solution for fading both facial scars and hyperpigmentation.
Note: Some dermatologists advice that you shouldn't be using it during the day because when the sunlight strikes it, the oil "burns on your skin."
So, personally, I only use it before bed.
You should talk to your dermatologist if you can use it safely in your day-time skin care routine. One thing is for sure - you shouldn’t use rosehip oil in place of sunscreen.
Helps reduce scars and fine lines
Since it is so abundant in antioxidants and fatty acids, rosehip oil is beneficial for cell regeneration in the skin.
If you suffer from acne scars, this could be a potential solution for you.
I mentioned above that I had a bad experience with chickenpox a year ago and I am still struggling with the scars it left. This happening was the primary reason I bought my first bottle of rosehip oil.
I have definitely kept seeing a considerable improvement in the scars healing.
A bit more science:
In this study, participants with post-surgical scars were treated with rosehip oil twice a day. After 12 weeks of use, the group using rosehip oil experienced significant cosmetic improvement in scar color when compared to the group who didn't receive any topical treatment.
How to Use Rosehip Oil
In a face mask
I often add this oil to my face masks. It has soothing properties and helps ingredients combine better.
Since essential oils are often too concentrated, if you use them directly on the skin, they can burn the skin or trigger an allergic reaction. So, carrier oils are a necessity. Moreover, the fatty acids in rosehip seed oil will help essential oils better-penetrate your skin.
Is Rosehip Oil Safe?
Rosehip oil is safe to use on the skin. Since it is a carrier oil, you don't need to dilute it. However, you know your skin best — so if you believe that you are sensitive to new products, always take precautions!
Always perform a patch test when using a new oil. Place a drop of the carrier oil on the inner area of your elbow. Leave it on for 4 hours and observe the skin for any reactions.
For safety purposes, it is not advised for pregnant and breastfeeding women to use oils without consulting medical professionals.
For children and the elderly, it is highly advised to contact your physician or doctor before using oils. Self-treatment of chronic diseases by using rosehip oil may also hold serious consequences without professional advice.
How to Choose Rosehip Oil
As with all carrier oils, remember not to buy rosehip oil from food stores. Apart from this reminder, here are the things you should look for when choosing your rosehip oil:
- 100% Carrier oil
- Hexane free
If you are looking for a product to repair the skin's surface, restore elasticity, protect against sun damage, and help reduce fine lines — rosehip seed oil might just do the trick!
Inexpensive with amazing properties, rosehip oil is definitely a safe solution you can try out.
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