It’s been called a miracle skincare product. Miranda Kerr and David Gandy swear it does wonders for the skin, some believe it even holds the potential to surpass the coconut oil. And although there are countless different essential oils out there, each with its own set of benefits, all promising unique results, the word has spread that rosehip extract is in fact just as incredible as it sounds.
Seeing how “rosehips were a remedy used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans all because of their healing properties”, and given they are extremely high in essential fatty acids, it’s at least clear this new skincare staple for men and women deserves further analyses. Find everything you need to know about rosehip oil, after the break.
What is rosehip oil?
Rosehips are the seeds of the rose plant and their oil is usually obtained from plants growing in the Chilean Andes, after being extracted through cold pressing or slow-cooking. It is full of vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin C), antioxidants and essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). Although more expensive, the cold-pressed oil is the best alternative as it hasn’t been altered by heat and retains more nutrients. Unlike other natural oils, the rosehip oil it’s non-greasy and super-light.
What is rosehip oil good for.
Rosehip is a dry oil, which means it penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin where it regenerates skin cells, producing more collagen and elastin. That’s why rosehip oil:
- Hydrates dry skin;
- Corrects UV damage from the sun;
- Rejuvenates the skin (the rejuvenation works on normal skin and also skin damaged by scarring or the sun);
- Reduces appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks;
- Improves complexion (psoriasis, dryness or eczema). Remember to do an “allergy test” on a hidden area of your body before applying the nourishing rosehip oil to irritated patches of skin, to make sure you don’t have a reaction to it;
- Helps skin retain its natural colour and tone (if you have hyper-pigmentation, age spots, dark sports, minor skin discolorations);
- Treats fine lines and wrinkles, while also reducing the speed at which wrinkles normally develop;
- Lightens the freckles and the dark circles around the eyes.
How much to use.
You only need about two or three drops of rosehip oil to gently massage into your skin until it’s fully absorbed, either in the morning, at night (after cleansing and before bed), or twice a day.
How to include it in your routine.
The great thing about rosehip oil is that it is perfect for all ages and skin types, it can be used alone under your moisturizer, or added to your favourite cream, lotion or serum, where a drop suffices to boost their results. Two or three drops of oil massaged into your damp skin during morning and night makes for a super-healthy skincare routine. You can also use it to remove your make-up by placing one or two drops on a cotton pad, before washing your face at night.
If you have oily skin and doubt using the product, know that rosehip oil will balance things out by reducing your natural over production of oil. When applying rosehip seed oil directly to your face and neck, use a cotton pad to gently wipe off any excess that might not be fully absorbed, like it’s the case of dry and normal skin.
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