What is rose hip oil? I know you’ve heard about this natural skin conditioner, but not everyone knows exactly what makes rose hips so good for our skin. That’s why I’ve put together this guide on the benefits of rose hip oil.
By Irene Falcone
I’m sure you’ve heard of rose hip oil – it’s an incredible ingredient in natural skin care and appears in so many of my favorite treats, but what makes it so special? Rose hip oil is far from just another natural face oil. It’s incredible for all skin types as it is rich in so many amazing nutrients and can help with everything from acne to stretch marks.
What is rose hip oil?
Rose hip oil is a nutritious vegetable oil made from the fruits or seeds of rose hips – the fruits of special types of rose bushes. Rose hips are usually red or orange in color and can look like berries, crab apples, or pomegranates. They appear after the rose flower or bloom has dropped, and some species are even edible
Rose hip oil properties
Essential fatty acids
Rose hip oil has a high concentration of essential fatty acids, or omegas, including oil, linoleic acid, and linolenic acid. These fatty acids support the natural regeneration process of the skin and promote healthy cell turnover and the healing of the skin for an improved skin structure and plump, smooth and firm skin. Our skin cells love Omega 6 to fight scar tissue. Rose hip oil is therefore ideal for providing protection to damaged skin
Rose hip is also rich in vitamin C, of course – in fact, rose hip was used to fight disease during World War II (instead of fruits like oranges, which were not available at the time). Rose hip is known to contain almost 60 times as much vitamin C as other citrus fruits! Vitamin C can counteract free radical damage and premature aging as well as anti-pigmentation and promote healthy skin cell turnover for a light and even skin tone
Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is known for its ability to fight the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A is a powerful antiaging ingredient that helps build and maintain healthy skin cells, but it may be too effective as an ingredient in natural skin care for hypersensitive skin types. Rosehip oil is naturally rich in vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which is ideal for sensitive skin types as it is easily absorbed and acts as a gentle antioxidant to lighten skin tone and protect skin from environmental damage
Lycopene is a carotenoid compound found naturally in red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, beetroot, pomegranate, and rose hips. It is actually an antioxidant with powerful benefits that protects the skin from environmental damage and helps in skin repair. It’s also what gives rose hip oil its bright orange color! 2
Uses rose hip oil
One of my favorite benefits of rose hip oil is that it can actually be used all over your body for so many different purposes. Rosehip oil is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and is perfect for all skin types including dry, mature, oily, combined, acne prone and sensitive skin. It is particularly well suited to moisturize, smooth, tighten and plump the skin with all the nutrients it contains. It can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and sunspots. Rose hip oil is also known for its potent ability to fight hyperpigmentation and scarring.
How to use rose hip oil
To use rose hip oil, mix a few drops in the palm of your hand into the skin on your face and body as desired. It also makes a nourishing hair oil and can be used on cuticles to promote strong nails. You can use rose hip oil any time of the day – it’s often best used morning and evening for best results.
Best natural rose hip oil
Pai BioRegenerate Rose Hip Oil
Pai BioRegenerate ™ Rosehip Oil is a bestseller from Nourished Life and is made from pure rosehip oil extracted with volcanic CO2. This method is designed to help maintain the active properties of the rose hip and ensure that the rose hip oil is as rich, pure and concentrated as possible, which is why Pai Rose Hip Oil has a natural smell and color. This certified organic formula is also fortified with a vitamin E boost to further support dry skin. Use morning and evening!
Livelihood Rosehip Oil
Life Basics Rosehip Oil is vegan and cruelty free. The cold-pressed and 100% pure oil is pressed from rose hip seeds and is ideal for all skin types. Lightweight and non-greasy, this fast-absorbing oil can be used to rehydrate dry skin, plump mature skin, and balance oily skin.
Biologi Br rosehip oil
Biologi Br Organic Rosehip Oil is the pure, unrefined oil made from Rosa canina seeds that has been cold pressed to protect the integrity of its high phytonutrient content. Rosehip oil is naturally moisturizing and known for its botanical activity, which is very similar to the internal function of the skin. This makes it the ideal anti-aging treatment oil for all skin types.
Source: 1 Rosehip Vital, 2 Pai Skin Care.
Brand: Biologi, Life Basics by Nourished Life, Pai Skincare