Until recently, women were skeptical about putting oils on their faces, worrying that it would clog the pores. Luckily, today everybody knows oils nourish the complexion and have numerous properties for the skin. Plus, they may give it an irresistible glow! Of course, not all oils can be used by all skin types, and the most delicate here is oily skin. But guess what? Rosehip oil can be used by oily and blemished skin too! It does everything from boosting cell regeneration and speeding up healing to improving texture and tone. Okay, okay, I’m making a pause here. Because I can hear you asking, what the heck is rosehip oil? Step by step, let’s go into details!
What is rosehip oil good for?
No, rosehip oil isn’t the same as rose oil! We get rose oil from rose petals, while rosehip oil comes from hips, the tinny fruit seeds collected once roses lose their petals. Focusing back on rosehip, do you know when it totally had me? When I heard it can be organic! There is a natural method of getting it, called cold-pressing extraction! The way they do it is by mechanically pressing the seeds without chemicals. But be careful; not all manufacturers are doing it since this process is slower! How to know it is pure? With a slight trick of checking the color! It must be a beautiful deep golden! If it’s a pale yellow, something is wrong!
Organic rosehip is rich in essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6. Plus, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, and K. Now, you will be pleased to know the list of gains is long!
Here’s a short history course 101. Rosehip oil isn’t a new discovery. Its use dates back to ancient Egyptians, Mayans, and Native Americans who used it for its healing properties.
Responsible for the healing effects are the fatty acids omega 3 and 6, and vit K. You might be wondering why is that? Various studies show that essential fatty acids aid in skin cell regeneration. And another research is telling us that vitamin K also helps the skin heal. You’ve got acne scars? It could be that you just met a new bestie!
With years, skin loses elasticity and moisture, nothing new. So fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, and you start applying a long list of products. Have you ever thought about using rosehip oil too? Let’s say a big thank you to vitamin K again! Known for promoting cellular metabolism and skin healing, it also may have an antioxidant effect. Since rosehip oil contains vitamin E, it gives long-lasting hydration, as dermatology experts state, supporting skin to stay smoother and firm. On top of that, rosehip oil contains high levels of vitamin C, helping to boost collagen and fight free radicals.
Exfoliation and brightening
Due to its high vitamin A and C content, rosehip oil boost your cell turnover in no time, swamping away dead skin. Dope, right? But what about dark spots? Rosehip oil covers that too! That’s possible thanks to vitamin C, which aids skin regeneration, inhibiting melanin production. That will result in restoring your skin tone. Plus, you know how we are all affected by pollution and UV damage? These are your soldiers for fighting off free radicals!
Sensitive skin can be such an ouch! Are you suffering from eczema or extreme dryness? Rosehip has a lot, but a lot of vitamin E! I’ve already mentioned this vitamin, but I didn’t say it calms stressed-out skin. Besides that, vitamin E can reduce redness and has anti-microbial properties that will relieve it from new breakouts, while its healing power will assist with scarring. Along with vitamin E, there is another comrade! B1 is also helping with redness, irritation, and dryness. But this is not all! Omega-6 will regulate sebum in your skin, which will rebalance spot-prone complexions. And yup, there is research that proves it!
How to use rosehip oil?
Rosehip should be applied like any other oil. So, you can apply it after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating. But, always do it before moisturizing! And, of course, don’t moisture your skin right away. Wait for a few minutes till oil is absorbed. Speaking about applying rosehip, do it by massaging it into your skin.
When to apply rosehip oil during the skincare routine?
When I first started using it, I began slowly to see how my skin reacts. And that’s what I recommend to you too! So, first, do it before bedtime. Each night, of course. Later on, if there is no irritation, you can apply it twice daily. Using rosehip oil in the morning will let your skin enjoy all antioxidant benefits. And you will have a moisture canvas, protecting your skin barrier. That will shield your skin against environmental stressors! And night use will lock in nourishment, so you can wake up looking fresh.
How much oil to use?
For rosehip oil, less is more! Warm 2-3 drops between your fingertips and apply them on your face, neck, and décolletage. If you have an oily feeling on your skin, the chances are that you were overdoing it!
Even as an organic product, rosehip oil can still cause an allergic reaction. “An allergic reaction could manifest in a rash on the skin, itchy eyes. Or even difficulty while breathing and dizziness. To prevent it, better do a skin patch test before using it. Apply rosehip oil on your jawline. And leave it for 24 hours. If all is good, you’re less likely to be allergic,” says beautician Svelana Lakanovic.
Besides allergies, is rosehip oil safe for everyone? Is there someone who shouldn’t use it?
“It is still unsure how affects children, pregnant women, or breastfeeding ones. Thus, I don’t recommend it for this grouping. Plus, some people are intolerant to vitamin C. To them, it could cause diabetes, kidney stones, and anemia. You also shouldn’t use it if you are taking blood clotting medication. That is because rosehip oil may raise your bleeding risk. For the same reason, stop using it two weeks before surgery,” beautician Svelana Lakanovic added.
What is the conclusion, then? With all caution, reach for a bottle! While roses are making a pretty decoration of your desk, rosehip oil helps you take care of your skin.