There’s been a real buzz in the beauty industry over the last few years about Rosehip Oil and its popularity has increased phenomenally.
So just what is Rosehip Oil and what’s all the fuss about?
Rosehip Oil is extracted from the seeds of the ‘hip’ or fruit of the rose – this is the bulb that replaces the rose flower once it has dropped its petals. The oil is obtained through a process called “cold pressing”. Good quality organic Rosehip Oil does not have added colours, fragrances or preservatives. It has a subtle woodsy scent and a rich red/orange tinge to it. If you find a Rosehip Oil that is a light yellow colour, it may have been refined.
Why is Rosehip Oil so good for your skin?
Used by the Egyptians and other ancient civilisations for centuries, Rosehip Oil is renowned for its healing properties. The people of those cultures also recognised its skin and hair care benefits. Rosehip Oil’s benefits come from its numerous naturally occurring nutrients like:
- Essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 9 (linolenic, linoleic and oleic acid) – these can assist in collagen production and help with the repair and regeneration of damaged skin tissue. Linoleic acid is considered to be particularly beneficial in the treatment of acne and blemishes.
- Vitamin C – a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-ageing benefits for younger-looking skin, along with skin brightening properties.
- Vitamin E – another anti-oxidant and free radical fighter to help rejuvenate your skin, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, lighten scars and relieve sunburn.
- Lycopene & Beta-Carotene – powerful anti-oxidants and free radical fighters to help prevent premature ageing.
- Trans-Retinoic Acid – converts to Vitamin A which strengthens the skin’s outer layer, helps reduce fine lines & wrinkles, lighten brown spots and pigmentation and smooth skin texture. It’s also known for its anti-microbial properties.
Rosehip Oil usually has a light texture and is absorbed fairly quickly. Make sure you apply it while your skin is still damp. This helps to ‘lock in’ the moisture. While many people like to use Rosehip Oil on its own, it can also be found in the formulations of many skin care products like cleansers, moisturisers and serums. Alternatively, you can add a few drops yourself to your favourite moisturiser.
With celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Victoria Beckman praising the benefits of Rosehip Oil and claims that even the Duchess of Cambridge uses it, Mother’s Nature’s best-kept secret is definitely a secret no more.
So, why not give it a try and see if Rosehip Oil is a good match for your skin? As with any new product, you should always do a patch test first to ensure you have no reactions.
The author is a lover of natural & organic beauty products and the owner of an online organic beauty store (www.naturallysafe.com.au) where she maintains a regular blog, providing news about the dangers of chemicals in cosmetics, health tips and promoting the benefits of natural cosmetics.