One of the favourite skin oils among beauty insiders, Rosehip oil is often used to revitalise skin and boost radiance. Extracted from the seeds of one of these following rose plants, Rosa Rubiginosa, Rosa Moschata or Rosa Canina; it is also known as Rosehip seed oil.
Why Rosehip Oil is good for your skin?
Rosehip oil is rich in pro-vitamin A complex (Carotenoids), particularly beta-carotene. It also contains a trace of trans-retinoic acid (Tretinoin), a more potent form of vitamin A than Retinol. However, contrary to a popular belief, it doesn't contain Retinol or Vitamin C. Although the fruit contains vitamin C, this water-soluble vitamin is not naturally present in the oil.
Rosehip oil is rich in Omega 3 (Linoleic Acid) and Omega 6 (Linolenic Acid) essential fatty acids that help strengthen natural lipids barrier, protecting your skin from the environmental stress and damage.
The Benefits of using Rosehip Oil in your daily skincare routine
An eight week clinical study involving 34 people, aged 35 to 65 years, showed that Rosehip improved the appearance of ageing skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the crow's feet area while also improved skin hydration and elasticity.
Due to its smoothing and hydrating properties, Rosehip oil is one of the popular skincare ingredients. It is one of the key ingredients in 24k Gold and Rosehip Rejuvenating Cream, a nourishing moisturiser to plump up the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines and dryness.
Can you apply Rosehip Oil directly to your face?
Rosehip oil is generally well-tolerated. Many people use it directly on their face and body to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, pigmentation, stretch marks and scars.
However, I will not recommend applying Rosehip oil directly to the skin on your face if your skin is prone to breakouts. Personally, I can't apply Rosehip oil directly to my face as it causes breakouts. However, I have no problem of using a moisturiser or serum that contains Rosehip oil. In fact, I use 24k Gold and Rosehip Rejuvenating Cream everyday in late autumn and throughout winter to keep my skin soft, smooth and protected from the cold weather.
If your skin is prone to breakouts but in need of extra protection against the drying effect of cold weather, try Cahay oil. I usually mix a few drops of Blue Chamomile & Cahay Facial Oil with a small amount of moisturiser whenever my skin in need of extra moisture. It helps lock in moisture and protect my skin from dryness without causing breakouts.
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Sources: Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species, International Journal of Molecular Science, 2017 Jun: 18(6): 1137; The effectiveness of a standardized rose hip powder, containing seeds and shells of Rosa canina, on cell longevity, skin wrinkles, moisture, and elasticity, Clinical Interventions in Aging 2015: 10: 1849–1856.