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Rosehip Oil Benefits and Uses for Achieving Healthy Skin
Have you heard about the numerous health and beauty benefits of rosehip oil? It’s loved by celebrities Miranda Kerr, Victoria Beckham and even the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton herself, and we’re here to break down why. We’ve listed out all of rosehip oil’s benefits and uses so you can decide for yourself whether this holy grail product deserves its place on your shelf. Spoiler alert - it does.
What is rosehip oil?
Rosehip oil, sometimes known as rosehip seed oil, is a natural, cosmetic oil harvested from the rosa canina plant that is native to parts of Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. Take caution as rosehip oil can often be confused with rose oil - a fragranced essential oil that may cause irritation when applied directly to the skin. While rose oil is extracted from the petals, rosehip oil is pressed from the leftover fruit-like seed pods - rosehips - of the rose bush after the petals have all dropped.
The seeds are pressed and processed into a deep amber or orange oil. Amongst other vitamins, rosehip seeds are filled with vitamin C. In fact, one single rosehip contains 50% more vitamin C than an orange! Due to this, the rosa canina plant has been used over the years to provide emergency stocks of vitamin C, especially during wartime and famine.
Rosehip oil’s nourishing and healing properties have been used and loved since ancient times. The oil is highly concentrated but non greasy, making it ideal for supplementary use on the body and on hair. It is brimming with skin-loving ingredients that are key to a healthy, glowing complexion.
Rosehip seed oil has a very fragile structure that can easily be disrupted. To prevent this, the oil is often cold-pressed - meaning that the extraction process uses as little heat as possible to retain its natural nutrients and preserve its potency and efficacy. The oil can also be affected by UV rays, so it’s always recommended to store it in a dark, cool environment to avoid exposure to the sun.
When shopping for rosehip oil, look out for one that is 100% pure, organic and cold-pressed. This ensures that it retains all of its best properties and ingredients without risking exposure to micro-levels of pesticides and herbicides. Our organic rosehip seed oil is always fresh, cold-pressed and unrefined. Approximately two kilograms of premium quality rosehip seeds go into each bottle of our pure rosehip oil, so you know you’re getting maximum goodness.
Rosehip oil benefits
It helps hydrate the skin
Rosehip oil contains a high concentration of essential fatty acids, almost 89% to be precise. These acids, like linolenic, omega 6 and 9, work to keep the skin cell walls strong to retain water. Keeping these cells hydrated is important for achieving soft and supple skin. Skin can also naturally lose water due to changes in the environment or the aging process, which is why rosehip oil is excellent for colder, drier climates and mature skin types.
It’s supremely moisturising
Moisturising and hydrating your skin are two different things, but rosehip oil is a hard working compound that provides a solution for both. The fatty acids that quench dehydrated skin also lock in the added water and oils, nourishing your skin and deeply moisturising it.
It’s easily absorbed
While it’s technically an oil, it is relatively light and easily absorbs into the skin. This helps the fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers. Its non greasy consistency makes it perfect for use on any skin type.
It contains natural anti-aging properties
Rosehip seeds contain many natural antioxidants that are known to help fight the aging process by promoting cell regeneration. They’re also rich in vitamin A, a powerful ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
It protects against pollutants
Pollutants, from fossil fuels and blue light exposure, can enhance premature aging. The antioxidants found in rosehip oil can also help to fight oxidative damage and reinforce the skin barrier to prevent any future damage.
It can help to repair and rejuvenate the skin
The abundance of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and K within rosehip seed oil can help to regenerate and heal damaged skin cells. The oil also contains phenols that have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
It encourages collagen formation
Collagen is a protein that helps skin to stay firm while also retaining elasticity. As we age, our body produces less collagen, which is a key contributor to the aging process. Luckily rosehip oil contains plenty of vitamins A and C which are vital for the production of collagen.
It contains skin brightening properties
As we touched on briefly before, rosehip seeds are full of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a miracle acid that is often praised for its complexion brightening abilities. It can boost your skin’s radiance to reveal a natural, healthy glow.
It can help to reduce hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation can form as a result of sun exposure, medication and hormonal changes and is identified by dark spots or patches on the surface of the skin. Rosehip oil has high concentrations of vitamin A. Vitamin A is made up of retinoids which are proven to help reduce hyperpigmentation with regular use.
It can help to calm skin inflammation
Rosehip oil also contains polyphenols and anthocyanin, two antioxidant compounds which are thought to help calm inflammation and soothe stressed skin. Due to this, rosehip oil may help with inflammatory skin irritation.
How to use rosehip oil
Rosehip oil is a super versatile and easy-to-use topical oil. Apply it straight to your skin, morning and evening, or add it your favourite moisturiser for an added boost of hydration. A little goes a long way, so it’s best to use a few drops at a time, especially if you’re mixing it in with another product.
It can also be used as a carrier oil for essential oils. This is because many essential oils are too concentrated to use on their own, but rosehip oil dilutes them to a skin-safe formulation. Why not try out our favourite rosehip oil and essential oil combinations:
Rosehip oil + tea tree oil to treat acne and spots
Rosehip oil + geranium oil to treat crow's feet and fine lines
Rosehip oil + frankincense oil to treat scarring and promote healing
Rosehip oil + lavender oil to even skin tone and improve pigmentation
Here are a few of our favourite ways to use rosehip oil:
Treating eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and dermatitis
Rosehip oil contains antioxidants which may help reduce the irritation caused by inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis.
Reducing the appearance of minor scars
The fatty acids that make up rosehip oil can stimulate the growth of new skin and repair scars. In the same way, the oil can also help to fade the appearance of stretch marks by encouraging collagen and elastin production.
There is a twofold attack on sunburn when using rosehip oil. Firstly the oil and fatty aids soothe the burning sensation, and secondly, provitamin stimulates Vitamin A, which is key to repairing hyperpigmented skin caused by too much sun exposure.
Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis and research suggests that the consumption of rosehip tablets can help to reduce the pain associated with it. As well as rosehip tablets, using the seed oil as a massage oil over the afflicted area can soothe pain and enhance antioxidant function.
To maintain healthy hair
As a non greasy oil, rosehip is also suitable for use on the scalp. It can replenish vital nutrients and help restore the scalp’s natural balance. It’s even believed to have anti-dandruff properties. It can also be paired with coconut oil to soothe your scalp and defrizz tired hair.
The high concentration of vitamin A makes rosehip oil ideal for keeping nails strong. Use it as a cuticle oil to promote healthy nails.
To boost the power of your moisturiser
Of course, we saved the best for last. Rosehip oil is an all-round super oil, but its most potent power comes from its ability to deeply moisturise your skin. Rosehip oil can help with a number of skin concerns and is unlikely to cause skin irritation, making it the perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Want to experience the incredible benefits of rosehip oil for yourself? Shop our organic rosehip seed oil today - it’s 100% pure, and fresh pressed from this season’s harvest to retain its quality, potency and efficacy.