Let’s discuss rosehip oil, how to use it and why everyone is freaking out about it, shall we?
What is Rosehip Oil?
Rosehip oil (or rosehip seed oil) is the extract harvested from the seeds of (mostly) Chilean rose hips through cold-pressing. (Rose essential oil is made from actual rose petals). Oh and apparently rose hips are the fruit left behind after a rose has flowered and dropped its petals, which is something I definitely didn’t know.
The oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are apparently wonderful for your skin when applied topically.
The Many Benefits of Rosehip Oil
- moisturizes, hydrates and relieves dry, itchy skin
- treats signs of aging like wrinkles
- brightens skin and evens skin tone
- firms and exfoliates skin
- helps to correct dark spots and reduces scarring
(Ummm. Get. On. My. Face.)
How Does Rosehip Oil Help Your Skin?
Vitamin C – the high levels of this crucial vitamin help treat infections and boost the body’s immune system.
Essential Fatty Acids – these little guys help to reduce inflammation and and reduce scarring by boosting cell regeneration.
Vitamin A – stimulates collagen production.
Antioxidants – penetrate the skin and fight the free radicals that cause oxidation, hyperpigmentation and other signs of aging.
Does It Really Work?
According to most of these reviews on Amazon, and one 2015 study (where rosehip powder was ingested for eight weeks), yes. But, of course, like so many things in the wild world of wellness, there isn’t a ton of scientific evidence to say conclusively. Though that’s also not to say the lack of evidence disproves it. It just means we haven’t studied it enough yet.
I personally haven’t tried it yet but, with all the hype I couldn’t help but order some to give it a shot.
How to Use Rosehip Oil
- Be sure to get organic, cold-pressed oil and store in a cool, dark place. It’s sensitive to heat and light and can go rancid easily. I didn’t realize this. I meant to try it a month ago but, just had to order a new bottle since I left it rotting in my car in the sun and now it smells like hell. Good times.
- In the morning: wash your face and pat dry. Rosehip oil is best applied to clean, damp skin.
- Apply 2-3 drops directly to face. A little goes a long way. Also, use an eye dropper or a clean cotton swab to get it out of the bottle. Otherwise the oils on your fingers will mix in the oil in bottle and contaminate it.
- Gently massage the oil into your face avoiding your eyes. Don’t get it in your eyes.
- Once absorbed, apply moisturizer and/or makeup as usual. Or if it’s enough for your skin type, use it as your only moisturizer.
- At night – wash your face and pat dry. Apply it again to your clean, damp skin.
- Apply moisturizer as usual. Hope to wake up looking like Miranda Kerr.
I’m excited to give this natural beauty product a try. While my adult onset acne is pretty much gone at this point, the scars it left behind continue to linger. As soon as my new bottle gets here, I’ll be using it for a few weeks morning and evening to test out its efficacy at removing them.
This is my last ditch effort to get rid of these bad boys before heading to the dermatologist, dropping a few hondo, and taking a laser straight to the face like an alien in a space fight.
I will keep you posted.
What about you? Have you been using rosehip oil? What brand? Did it work? Do you have questions? Let us know in the comments below!