What if we tell you that there is one skincare ingredient that can target all your beauty concerns? What if we add to it that many gorgeous celebrities with flawless complexions all attribute the beauty of their skin to this one ingredient…hint Miranda Kerr and Kate Middleton. Meet rosehip oil, an oil extracted from various rose bushes that has been known throughout history for solving a myriad of skincare concerns. Rosehip oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and important fatty acids and it’s used by people of all ages. So what exactly does rosehip oil do and why should we incorporate it into our beauty arsenal?
Rosehip oil has loads of vitamins A, E, C, and D. This means that rosehip oil basically covers all your skincare vitamin needs. If you have an invested interest in skincare then you should know by now how all these vitamins interact with your skin. Vitamin C gives you that all-over glow, stimulates collagen production, while solving issues of pigmentation. Vitamin E will help protect against sun damage and free radicals. Vitamin D targets scarring, stretch marks, and redness, while vitamin A (which is the main component in retinol) targets fine lines and tightens the skin.
Rosehip oil is a rich natural source of many antioxidants such as carotenoids and tocopherols that protect the skin from daily environmental stressors. It also includes linoleic acid which helps treat acne.
How Is It Used?
When applying your skincare products you are advised to go from lightest to thickest in terms of consistency. Dermatologists have differing opinions when it comes to order of application of rosehip oil; you can apply it after your toner and serums and if you use any ampoules, but before your rich moisturiser. While others believe that rosehip oil should come as the last step of your skincare routine, thus sealing all the products in.
If you have dry skin you are advised to massage your face oil over the moisturiser, whereas if you have normal to combination skin you are advised to simply pat the oil onto your skin. The patting motion is intended to seal all the products and help the lightest products get properly absorbed.
Some skincare specialists prefer using a product that incorporates this oil among its ingredients rather than using the oil by itself. As they feel that sometimes the oil doesn’t immediately get absorbed by the skin, due to the fact that our skins retain a sensitive balance between their water and oil content. But if you’re intent on adding it as a form of oil to your skincare and since rosehip is an essential oil, it is best that one does a patch test to make sure no allergic reactions will develop after using the oil.
In addition to the various benefits we mentioned above, rosehip oil repairs the skin’s barrier and if you think that this is not a priority then think again. Our skin can get damaged for many reasons; dry climates, harsh exfoliants, and sun damage among others. The skin will develop small cracks that are not visible to the naked eye but ones that can incur further damage. Moisture will evaporate from these cracks and irritants will find their way in. Lipid-rich rosehip oil can close these cracks immediately and help repair the skin, thus protecting the skin against numerous assailants.
Another important use for rosehip oil is to apply prior to boarding your flight and during your trip to protect your skin from drying cabin air. It is also recommended to be used after swimming and sun exposure. Below are some of our favourite oils.