Rosehip oil is one of those magical ingredients that seems to give us all the tools we need in our skincare regimens: moisturizing properties, gentle cleansing, and the ability to mix with other oils and lotions. We know it’s good stuff – how can it not be when even Kate Middleton and Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr swear by it? But the big question is this: why should rosehip be a consistent part of our morning and evening routines? What is it about rosehip that makes it so versatile and popular?
But first – what are rosehips?
Most of us know that rosehips are good for our skin, but knowing where our skincare ingredients come from is just as important as understanding their benefits. Like the name suggests, rosehips derive from the rose plant, although they don’t come from the petals themselves. They’re actually the accessory fruit of the rose plant and contain seeds that we use to produce rosehip seed oil. Rosehips themselves are frequently used to make teas, jellies, syrups, and other products and have even been known to help manage diabetes and boost the immune system.
So why has this gem of a fruit become such a huge trend in the skincare world? Between these massive benefits and the oil produced from the seeds, rosehips are one mighty little fruit! The seed oil is bursting with Vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids that all play a key role in boosting the glow and moisture of your skin.
Vitamins and essential fatty acids are great and everything, but how does that help our skin?
Vitamin A protects against UV damage.
Vitamin A encourages healthy skin cell production by protecting against harmful rays from the sun, which is more important than ever as we try to hold on to the last vestiges of summer and soak up as much sun as possible. Vitamin A is also responsible for maintaining firm skin, smoothing wrinkles, and reducing the appearance of redness or rosacea.
Vitamin C quickens the skin’s healing process.
Vitamin A and C share many of the same benefits, but Vitamin C is a key ingredient for a brighter complexion and younger-looking skin. It helps even out our skin tone, improve hydration, and even speeds up the healing process for acne scars, cuts, and blemishes.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) increase hydration.
We all know we are supposed to drink plenty of water everyday (half your body weight in ounces, at least!), but what about retaining that water in our skin? This is where EFAs come in. They are a key component to proper hydration by ensuring that the water we ingest is absorbed by our system, which helps prevent dry, flaky skin.
Just imagine – this one little fruit provides all these benefits! As Arthur Conan Doyle said, “what a lovely thing a rose is!” We couldn’t agree more, Mr. Doyle.
So how do we use rosehip oil?
Rosehip oil is such a versatile ingredient that you can apply it to your skin in several different ways.
Add it to your existing oils, lotions, or moisturizers.
Always double-check the ingredients in your skincare products or ask your dermatologist about possible side effects, but many people love adding rosehip oil to their current moisturizers as a way of boosting their skin tone and generating that bright glow. Even mixing it with other oils, like coconut oil, is a great way to include rosehip oil in your routine. Coconut oil is another magical ingredient with hundreds of benefits – imagine the effect this dynamic duo could have when mixed together!
Apply it directly to your skin.
Rosehip oil can even be applied straight to your skin without diluting it in other oils or lotions. The oil is typically orange in color, so give your skin a few minutes to absorb before assessing your bronze-y glow or before applying any other topical products, like other moisturizers or makeup. Although rosehip oil has been known to be gentle enough for sensitive skin, be sure to consult your doctor or dermatologist before use, just in case rosehip oil isn’t right for your skin type.
Try products that list rosehip oil in their ingredients list.
There are tons of serums and creams out there that include rosehip oil, especially those products that take a more natural approach to their skincare lines. Cleansers, exfoliants, and masks are also lining the shelves as people start to gravitate towards this all-encompassing ingredient. Want to give our rosehip oil cleanser a try and see what benefits it has for your skin? Check it out here.