Have you heard? Rosehip oil is gaining quite a reputation in the skin care industry. This essential oil, packed with essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and C, has been a special and potent ingredient in skin treatments since the days of Cleopatra. It is gathered from the seeds of the rosehip fruit.
Rosehip oil (sometimes listed as rose hips oil, or rose hip seed oil depending on the manufacturer) is a commonly listed ingredient in many skin treatment blends. Our own FACE Oil blends use cold-pressed rosehip oil as a key active ingredient. Now rosehip oil is being praised by almost everyone with an opinion on healthy skin; from dermatologists to runway models. Why? What makes this specific carrier oil so special?
The Super Strengths of Rosehip Oil
When we say that something is a dry oil, this means that our skin is able to absorb the oil directly, without leaving behind a greasy and oily residue. Rosehip seed oil will typically absorb into the skin much better than comparable ingredients like jojoba oil or shea butter.
Fearless Defender Against Free Radicals
If rosehip oil is the superhero, then free radicals are the natural villains. Free radicals are chemically imbalanced molecules in the layers of our skin. These will upset natural cell rejuvenation, and repair unless they are fought off by anti-oxidants. Rosehip oil has all the anti-oxidants our skin needs, making it a true savior in a time of need.
Secret Weapon Against Eczema and Psoriasis
We mentioned that Rosehip oil is a dry oil, and absorbs very well into the skin. This makes it a great moisturizer. Additionally, the chemical properties of rosehip oil act as an effective natural anti-inflammatory. In blended treatments it will act to reduce swelling and redness in affected areas of the skin. This makes it a fantastic secret weapon for sufferers of eczema and psoriasis symptoms.
Fights Off Scar Tissue
Both the Mayans and Native American cultures loved rosehips for their natural healing qualities. Rosehip oil supports skin cell renewal, and damaged tissue repair thanks to a high concentration of Vitamin A. This visibly reduces the appearance of scars. Even older scars can be improved with a daily application of rosehip oil.
Works Wherever It Is Needed
Although rosehip oil is a fantastic facial oil, we don’t have to limit our use of rosehip to that one area. This all-purpose skin care hero can be added to lotions for moisturizing the hands, or applied directly to tough callouses and corns on the feet. Use it wherever you need it. It has a subtle and pleasant odor, making it a great carrier oil for any number of problem areas.
Does Rosehip Oil Have Any Weaknesses?
Every hero has a kryptonite, and this super oil is no exception. Rosehip oil is quite powerful, and many types of skin do not appreciate a pure dose. This is a big reason why it appears in so many blends instead of being sold directly at 100% purity.
Some users may have a natural rosehip allergy. It is not a common thing, but if you’re not sure how you will react, it’s usually best to try the oil on the inside of the wrist before placing it directly on your face. Wait for an hour or two and watch for any adverse reactions.
Lastly, those who suffer from acne will want to take note. While rosehip oil can be a wonderful ingredient to repair the scars and damage from an acne flare up, it should not be applied directly while a breakout is in progress. Additional locked in moisture can actually worsen the symptoms of an acne breakout.
The Hero We Deserve
Rose hip oil is such a simple, natural solution, and we haven’t even listed all the ways it comes to our rescue. If you have been using rosehip oil in your own beauty routine, please feel free to share your own story of skin salvation on our Facebook page!