You may have seen or heard about rosehip oil, and if you pop into one of our Nourish stores, you’ll see it dotted all around the skincare section and making several appearances in many skincare products. That’s because rosehip oil is the Rolls-Royce of skin care products.
This particular ‘What’s the Scoop on’ blog is focusing on rosehip oil and its particular role in skincare.
What is Rosehip Oil?
Rosehip oil is a pure plant oil which has been extracted from the seeds of wild rosehips growing on rosehip bushes. Contrary to popular belief, rosehip oil isn’t actually derived from roses.
Why is Rosehip Oil Good for Skin?
Put simply, rosehip oil is jam-packed with skin loving nutrients, including high concentrations of Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9, and antioxidant carotenoids. These make for one intensely nourishing oil with some outstanding skin repairing and rejuvenating abilities.
Rosehip oil is renowned for its skin healing properties and its ability to help repair and protect the skin against environmental stresses and visible damage.
Rosehip oil is also suitable for all skin types which is fantastic.
Do you have oily skin? Tick! Thanks to the balancing properties of rosehip oil, this makes it ideal for those with normal, oily or combination skin.
Do you have dry skin? Tick! Thanks to the deeply nourishing and moisturizing qualities, it’s ideal for dry skin.
Is your skin very sensitive? Tick! Since we stock only organic, pure, cold-pressed rosehip oil with no added chemicals, preservatives, fragrances or general nasties, it’s also perfect for those with those with sensitive skin.
Let’s delve a little deeper into those benefits and uses shall we?
5 Benefits of Rosehip Oil
No. 1 – It’s Incredibly Hydrating
Rosehip oil is commonly used in skincare products due to its rich essential fatty acid content that helps to improve skin hydration and elasticity, plus it helps to nourish and moisturise the skin.
No. 2 – It’s Balancing
With a molecular structure that is similar to our own natural skin oil (sebum), rosehip oil can actually help to regulate the skin’s own oil production and help to re-balance oily, dry and combination skin.
Whilst it may seem counterproductive to put oil on top of the skin, thanks to the fine molecular structure and its closeness to our own natural skin oil, rosehip oil acts as a light, dry oil that is readily absorbed by the skin and actually helps to regulate the skin’s own oil production.
It doesn’t clog or irritate pores but actually helps to promote normal, healthy skin cell function.
This balancing quality may help prevent or at least reduce break outs and help hydrate areas of the face that suffer from dry skin.
If you do find that using oil is too heavy for your T-zone, try limiting its application to the drier areas of your face.
No. 3 – It Helps to Minimize Scars and Stretch Marks
Rosehip oil can be used to aid in the reduction and improvement of appearance of scars and stretchmarks thanks to its high concentration of omegas and carotenoids, plus its ability to assist in the renewal and repair of skin cells.
It’s a great natural skincare option for those seeking to restore skin appearance after surgery, during or after pregnancy or for skin damage.
Simply massage 2-3 drops into healed scars 3-4 times a week, or add to a base oil such as coconut, jojoba or almond oil for an overall body/belly oil. Use this body oil twice a day to repair and restore the skin.
No. 4 – It’s Anti-Ageing
Thanks to it’s balancing and hydrating effects on the skin, rosehip oil is highly effective at improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst also helping to maintain skin elasticity.
Rosehip oil has nourishing properties which help to brighten skin naturally and the high essential fatty acid content in this oil makes it wonderful for treating dry, dehydrated skin and uneven skin tone.
It’s also a great option for those who need help to reduce redness, soothe their skin and strengthen sensitive skin.
No. 5 – It Brightens skin
Rosehip oil contains skin-loving vitamin C, that is a known to have a skin-brightening effect, which gives your complexion a radiant appearance, plus it’s a nutrient that stimulates collagen production that helps to improve the skin’s firmness and prevent fine lines.
9 Uses for Rosehip Oil
No. 1 – Apply directly to your skin
Apply 2-3 drops to the palm of your hand or fingertips and gently massage into clean, slightly damp skin on your face or body.
No. 2 – Apply after your toning and moisturizing regime
Moisturise as normal and finish off with 2 or 3 drops gently massaged into your face for an additional nutrient boost.
No. 3 – Boost your usual moisturizer
Blend 1-2 drops of the oil with a few pumps of your favourite moisturiser and apply as normal.
No. 4 – Use when travelling by plane
If you’re getting on a plane or travelling for a long period of time, try applying 2-3 drops of oil before or during your your flight to lock in moisture. You can also add this to your regular moisturizer as stated above.
No. 5 – Use After Sun Exposure / Sun Burn
Mix a few drops of oil with your usual body cream or oil and massage into your skin after showering or bathing to soothe and repair the skin. Rosehips anti inflammatory and skin soothing properties really come into their own here.
No. 6 – Apply to Sooth Razor Burn
Massage 3-4 drops into damp, just-shaved skin to soothe sensitivity and help prevent ingrown hairs and shaving rash.
No. 7 – Apply to Help Banish Blemishes
Rosehip’s high levels of regenerating sterols and carotenoids can help to draw spots to a head or make them disappear altogether. Massage into clean skin 1-2 times per week.
No. 8 – Apply to Dry Hair
It’s not just skin that rosehip oil can help with. If you have brittle ends to your hair, or want to give your weekly hair mask a boost, try adding a couple of drops to the ends of your hair.
No. 9 – Use for Nail Care
Why stop with skin and hair care when you can add another? Rosehip oil works wonders on soothing nails, working it’s magic on ragged cuticles and making them supple and smooth once again. Simply add a couple of drops and massage in, or add to a hand cream to pimp it up a bit.
Where can I buy Rosehip Oil?
From us of course 😊
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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication.