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Rosehip Oil for Skin

What’s the secret behind rosehip oil? Learn all about the benefits of rosehip oil for skin.

Incorporating rosehip oil into your daily skincare routine can work wonders for your complexion, and so it’s no wonder that it has become so popular as an anti-ageing agent in recent years.

Let’s take a closer look at an ingredient that Miranda Kerr and Kate Middleton use on a daily basis, and one which countless others swear by.


What is Rosehip Oil?

Rosehip oil, also known as rosehip seed oil, is derived from the seeds (the ‘hips’) of rose bushes. It is not to be confused with rose oil, which is taken from rose petals.

Prized for its healing properties for millennia, rosehip oil is packed full of skin-nourishing vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. A highly regenerative facial oil, rosehip oil has a variety of applications: it can be used to tackle dryness, dullness, blemishes, fine lines, acne scars and redness.

Fortunately, rosehip oil is suitable for all skin types, and so everybody can take advantage of the many benefits of rosehip oil for skin.


Benefits of Rosehip Oil

As you may have gathered, rosehip oil is an impressive multitasker. Here are some of the main skincare benefits of rosehip oil.

Moisturises the skin and hair

Regular users of rosehip oil for skin note that their skin feels much less dry, and this is due to the essential fatty acids - omegas 6 and 9 - that are found in rosehip oil. Linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid, is a super-moisturising ingredient which helps the skin retain water, and it is found in large quantities in rose hips. Much like jojoba oil, rosehip oil is able to penetrate deep into the skin without leaving a greasy residue, which makes it a fantastic moisturiser for all skin types.

Rosehip oil helps seal moisture into your scalp, adding shine and bounce to dry, lifeless hair, and it can be used to deal with dandruff.

It brightens the skin

Rosehip oil contains tretinoin, a close relative of vitamin A. Tretinoin can be used to treat hyperpigmentation, which occurs when certain areas of the skin make too much melanin and look darker as a result. Studies have shown that tretinoin helps brighten the skin by reducing the melanin content of the skin when used for months at a time.

Rosehip oil is rich in Vitamin C, which reduces hyperpigmentation by reducing the amount of melanin that the skin produces. Both tretinoin and Vitamin C naturally exfoliate your skin by encouraging your skin cells to regenerate, which results in a brightening effect. If you’ve been having to put up with dull skin for a while, rosehip oil might just help you make the transition from lifeless skin to skin that is positively radiant. 

It has anti-ageing properties

One of the main reasons for rosehip oil’s sudden increase in popularity is due to increasing awareness of its anti-ageing properties. Rosehip oil is very effective in reversing the early signs of ageing and helps to reduce wrinkles and increase the production of collagen, the core protein which helps the skin maintain its structure.

Rosehip oil is also full of essential fatty acids that fight against fine lines and wrinkles by restoring your skin’s elasticity. These also help to increase your skin’s hydration levels - rosehip oil is just as hydrating as coconut oil and less likely to clog your pores.

The Vitamin C in rosehip oil has also been shown to repair the damage caused by free radicals and UV radiation, thanks to its antioxidant properties.

It fights acne

As we have seen, rosehip oil for skin has also been shown to enhance skin tone and reduce acne scars. This is because it is rich in fatty acids that are used to treat acne and acne scars.

Rosehip oil is ideal for those with acne-prone skin, as it is a dry, non-greasy oil that sinks into the skin within minutes and does not leave an oily residue.

It can promote healing

Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, both of which play a critical role in tissue and cell regeneration, and so it’s hardly surprising that rosehip oil for skin was used by the Mayans and Native Americans to heal wounds. 

You’ll also get a healthy dose of phenols - organic compounds which act as excellent healers for the skin - when you apply skincare products that use rosehip oil to your skin.

Anti-stretch mark properties

Rosehip oil can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks in pregnant women. If you’re looking to reduce the red/purple lines which are often caused by pregnancy or changes in weight, applying rosehip oil to the affected areas can help improve their appearance.

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