Layne is hugely interested in natural health and remedies. Rosehip oil has been her go-to moisturizier.
Anti-Aging Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Flawless, Youthful Skin
Rosehip oil is good for so many things! It helps reduce acne scars, rosacea, dryness, oil imbalances, dark circles, aging, etc.—the list goes on. It's also all natural and does not contain harsh chemicals and mystery ingredients. Maybe you're like me and have hopped around from moisturizer to moisturizer (my gosh can they be expensive) to find the perfect one. Well, here's your solution.
I've used hyaluronic acid (even the supplements), jojoba, apple cider vinegar toner, $70.00+ designer creams made in Beverly Hills—I've really tried everything for good skin. One day I was reading up on rosehip seed oil and noticed all of the benefits. I went to my nearest market, Whole Foods, and found a bottle of serum for $9.00.
How It Helped My Skin
You could say I'm pre-rosacea. It runs in my family, and I have fair skin, so I am sensitive to the elements. My jawlines and jowls dry out in the winter, and my T-zone is generally acne-prone.
I started rosehip oil both morning and night. I like it because it's not a thick oil, but it's not runny and thin either, and a little goes a long way. My skin takes to it very well and absorbs the moisture. Of all the oils I've tried, this is the lightest.
The results have been amazing. The first day I used rosehip oil on my face, my husband commented on how I looked refreshed. My redness and scarring have diminished. My skin is less dry. My skin hydration has balanced out all over my face, and I had a reduction in breakouts and the severity of my breakouts.
How to Use Rosehip Oil
The application is pretty simple. I like to use rosehip oil serum.
- I start with a clean face. I rinse with water and pat my face dry.
- I take the dropper and literally put 4–5 drops in my palm (use clean hands!).
- I dip the fingers of my other hand into the oil and start working it around my dry spots in a circular pattern.
- I then work the oil towards and under my eyes, then finally over my eyelids (very light hydration).
- Let the rosehip oil sit and absorb into your face. You don't have to wipe it off. It's generally absorbed within 1–2 minutes in my experience. I rub the "leftover" oil into the tops of my hands or on my neck.
Natural Rosehip Oil: Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Redness, Youthful Skin
The Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Skin
The oil is generally obtained via cold pressing. It is best to look for organic oil—that's what I use. Here are the beauty benefits:
- Fades Scars: Collagen is essential to rebuilding healthy tissue in the body. Oxidative damage can hinder the production of collagen, that's why vitamins A and C and fatty acids all offer protection against inflammation and oxidative damage and help to reduce hyperpigmentation (including stretch marks), acne scars, and blemishes, thus balancing skin tone.
- Firms Skin: Again, the components of rosehip oil encourage collagen production. I've noticed a major improvement in my skin elasticity—I went from dull to dewy just from a single application. Because this oil is light and non-greasy, you attain an extremely natural, effortless look. Its super hydrating component vitamin F (linoleic acid) an omega-6 fatty acid, is especially good for moisturizing and plumping.
- Reduces Wrinkles: Rosehip oil is known for its anti-aging benefits. The oil can penetrate into the deep layers of the skin. Youthful skin is all about hydration, so moisture retention is everything. Its beta-carotene component, too, encourages cell turnover. Vitamin E, when absorbed transdermally, suppresses inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and aids in tissue regeneration.
- Brightens Skin: Rosehip oil also offers astringent properties, which help to shrink pores. This oil contains one of the highest sources of vitamin C and helps to fight free radicals that can dull and fade skin and create pigment abnormalities, dryness, itchiness, and general lackluster.
Why Is It Good for Skin?
Rosehip oil is harvested from rose bush seeds of the Chilean plant, Rosa rubiginosa. The seeds from the rose hip fruit are jam-packed with vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamins C and E (fight free radicals), vitamin E (suppresses inflammatory prostaglandins), anti-inflammatory antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. According to an article on GoodHouseKeeping.com:
"These ingredients allow rosehip oil to treat signs of aging and pigmentation, hydrate skin and repair damaged skin, and provide a strong protective antioxidant boost—all without the oily feel of a traditional liquid oil,"—Sonam Yadav, MD, cosmetic dermatologist.
Miranda Kerr Uses It
Victoria Secret model, Miranda Kerr, lives by this oil. Why? It's no secret that Retinol and Retinol-A are simply concentrated, synthetic versions of vitamin A, which rosehip oil naturally contains.
A Review of Rosehip Oil Serum
Can I Use It With Makeup?
I generally wait a minute after applying the oil and will brush my teeth or hair before applying my makeup. I haven't had a problem with pencil or painted eyeliner running. I also apply blush on top of it (it almost works like a primer) and I haven't noticed any damage to my makeup brushes over the months.
Can I Drink Rose Hips?
Rose hips are actually great as a tea—they are packed full of vitamin C and really help reduce colds, flu, and issues surrounding vitamin C deficiencies and weakened immunity. Vitamin C can get destroyed with drying and processing, so the fresher the product the better. Some individuals make there own rose hip tea fresh.
According to WebMD, rose hips have also been proven to help with osteoarthritis. A study published in "Preventive Nutrition and Food Science" in 2013 also claimed that rose hips may help reduce obesity-related health complications such as heart disease and excess fat storage. Consider researching the benefits yourself.
You can benefit from natural rosehip oil no matter what your age. It is great for all skin tones and all skin types. If you are pregnant or nursing, of course, consult with your physician before using new topicals. Check with a pediatrician before using rosehip oil on babies.
I highly recommend purchasing organic rosehip oil. You want to make sure that there are no pesticides or residues in the product you are using on your face. On top of this, many organic products are also animal-friendly (they don't test on animals)—a win-win.
If you are pregnant or nursing, certainly consult with your physician before consuming rose hip tea or rose hip oil.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Layne Holmes
Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 13, 2018:
It's definitely great for multiple uses. I love that it's a light oil—the skin seems to absorb it well. Serves many purposes. Enjoy!
Jennifer C on November 11, 2018:
Very interesting article. I love essential oils but I have never tried rosehip oil. I think will have to get some. Thanks!