If you’ve ever shopped for stretch mark creams, you’re probably already familiar with rosehip oil. Aside from wheat germ and vitamin E, rosehip is one of the top oils praised for its powerful effects on stretch marks and scars.
Rosehip oil is a plant-based ingredient packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and is widely regarded as an oil that is ideal for all skin types; even oily skin. As more companies pursue clean, organic formulations, rosehip oil benefits are commonly utilized for skin and body care.
We’re diving into the many ways that rosehip oil can help rejuvenate skin that’s been dried or damaged, and why we name it an anti-aging champion among organic skin care ingredients.
Rosehip Oil: Nourishment in a Bottle
You may be wondering: what exactly is a rosehip? No, it isn’t some sort of special fruit – you may be surprised to learn that rosehips can actually be found in your own front yard!
Rosehips are the fruits left behind on rose bushes when all of the petals have fallen away. If you were to closely examine the base of a rose, you would find a bulbous, reddish fruit that’s quite firm to the touch. These are rosehips, and while their hardness and small seeds make them unsuitable for humans to eat, they are nonetheless packed with nutrients like oleic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C that can have huge benefits for skin.
In fact, one study showed that not only do rosehips contain more vitamin C than oranges or lemons, but it may even be enough to reverse ultraviolet (UV) damage caused by free radicals.
Due to its high concentration of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids, rosehip oil can assume many beneficial roles when it comes to body care.
Rosehip Oil for Hydrating the Skin
Rosehip oil is excellent for moisturizing, as it contains a wealth of beneficial fatty acids like linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid.
Linoleic is also known as vitamin F, which can help fortify and protect the skin barrier as it hydrates the dermal layer – without creating a feeling of excessive weight.
Meanwhile, oleic acid is especially helpful for dry skin with the way it penetrates the skin barrier and replenish lost moisture. Palmitic acid is an antioxidant, so it helps provide free radical damage while quenching the skin, and even helps slough off dirt molecules.
Rosehip oil is also an excellent moisturizer because it’s just as hydrating as coconut oil, but is not as likely to clog pores. It was even shown in this 2015 study that subjects who orally ingested rosehip powder displayed noticeable improvements in the quality of their skin. Luckily for our taste buds, rosehip oil can also be applied topically in order to achieve this effect.
Rosehip Oil for Stretch Marks
According to one 2013 study, a moisturizer containing rosehip oil helped reduce the appearance of stretch marks in pregnant women who had already had stretch marks, finding it to be significantly more effective than the placebo.
Meanwhile, it’s been suggested that rosehip oil benefits may also be able to encourage the production of collagen, while improving elasticity and firmness. As demonstrated in a recent study, rosehip oil can contribute to the look of youthfulness in aging or damaged skin.
Rosehip Oil for Scarring
Rosehip oil may also be useful for fading scars. One study showed that linoleic acid, which is a nourishing fatty acid, can help reduce the hyperpigmentation that is often associated with acne scars.
Meanwhile, this 2015 study showed that rosehip oil reduced the appearance of post-surgical scars. Participants who used the oil twice daily for 12 weeks experienced significantly less discoloration, atrophy, and redness.
Rosehip Oil for Dark Spots
Hyperpigmentation is the result of excess melanin generating dark patches on the skin. It can be the result of sun exposure, certain medications (particularly birth control prescriptions), or hormonal changes.
It helps that rosehip oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin A, which is often referred to in the skin care world as “retinol” – a celebrity among major skin care compounds. Retinoids are known for their ability to reduce hyperpigmentation and visible signs of aging with long-term use.
Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A, which is made up of several nutritional compounds including retinoids. Retinoids are known for their ability to reduce hyperpigmentation and other visible signs of aging with regular use.
Restorative Facial Oil
As you can probably see by now, rosehip makes a superb plant-based oil option when it comes to the nourishment and recovery of our skin. That’s precisely why we’ve incorporated organic, cold-pressed rosehip oil into our Restorative Facial Oil.
This product serves as a comprehensive oil for the delicate skin of the face. It incorporates plant-based oils such as pomegranate seed oil, which provides anti-inflammatory benefits; acai oil, which is touted for its anti-aging properties; and jojoba oil, which is known to calm and soothe the skin. This last oil is especially beneficial for inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Among a carefully selected variety of essential oils such as cedarwood and lavender, this facial oil also contains bergamot essential oil. Sure, bergapten-free bergamot contributes to the lovely, natural fragrance of this facial oil – but more importantly, it can purify clogged skin with natural antibacterial properties.
To receive the renewing benefits of this facial oil, begin by washing and toning your face. With clean hands, pump out a half-dollar amount of the oil, warming it in your hands. Gently pat onto the face and neck, and follow up with moisturizer if desired. This facial oil can be used for both morning and evening routines, and is suitable for all skin types.