For years now, people have been singing their praises for this miracle oil. But what makes rosehip oil so great? And why should it be a staple in your skincare routine?
What is Rosehip Oil?
Rosehip oil is extracted from the fruit of the Rose bush – of which there are many species, including rosa canina, rosa eglanteria and rosa moschata. It grows wild in the South American hills, predominantly in Chile, and was used by the ancient Mayans and Native Americans for its healing properties.
Classified as a dry oil, rosehip is super light, non-greasy, and easily absorbed by the skin. It’s also super affordable, especially when compared with the big brand serums and oils.
While rosehip oil is naturally nutty and warm, each brand seems to have a slightly different take on the scent. Of the three varieties I have on my shelves, the Om SHE Aromatherapy* is woody, the A’kin* is sweet, and the RosehipPLUS* is smoky.
What are the benefits of Rosehip Oil?
This all-in-one super oil has so many benefits, I’m not sure how I’ll fit them all into one article! Go and make yourself a cuppa first. Go on, I’ll wait. *hums along to Taylor Swift* Ok, lets dive in!
- It’s a natural source of essential fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9. Say it after me: hydration, hydration, hydration! These help improve skin tone, texture, skin cell regeneration and repair, making it a worthy comrade in the battle against ageing.
- Speaking of anti-ageing, rosehip oil is full of Vitamins A and C, which stimulate collagen production! This brightens the skin, improving the appearance of pigmentation and encouraging plumper, younger looking skin.
- Plus, we all know Vitamin C boosts the immune system, treating infections, reducing inflammation and improving skin’s natural healing response.
- Oh and did I mention that the antioxidants in Vitamin A give it the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers, improving moisture levels from where it’s needed? Yeah. That’s pretty damn handy!
- It’s also a natural source of Vitamin E, an anti-inflammatory anti-oxidant that calms and hydrates sensitive skin, protecting you from sun damage and eliminating dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.
- It acts as a natural treatment for scars. The combination of essential fatty acids and Vitamin A increase skin flexibility and permeability, aiding in skin repair for stretch marks, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, burns and scars.
- It’s also wonderful as a hair treatment, adding bounce and shine, plus it’s been known to assist with dandruff and other scalp conditions.
- It also cooks dinner, washes the dishes and gives you a massage before bed. (I wish!)
How should you use Rosehip Oil?
First of all, you need to find one that works for you. Luckily there are plenty of options out there! As you can see with the A’kin and RosehipPLUS, rosehip oil in in its pure form is a deep yellow, and is quite thick. However, you can also get it in a blend, like the Om SHE Aromatherapy (which contains grapeseed oil, gotu kola plus additional Vitamin E), if you find the purest form clogs your pores.
Being an oil, it’s best applied to skin still damp from cleansing. It can be applied morning and evening, depending on your preferences. I like to use a pure rosehip oil at night, and a blend in the morning. Then make sure to follow up with a moisturiser on top. It’s best to keep it simple, giving the oil a chance to work without any distractions.
And if you struggle with dry hands or brittle nails, don’t wash your hands after use! Continue to massage it into the affected areas, and make the most of this miracle oil.
Are you convinced? Or are you already a fan?