Where does rosehip oil come from?
Roses comes in many beautiful shapes, colours and scents, yet despite this variety it is one of the most instantly recognisable flowers across the globe. However, it turns out this much loved plant has a trick up its sleeve! Not so many people would be able to pick out a rosehip, the seeded fruit of the rose plant. What makes rosehips just as special as the flower itself is the fact they can be turned into a beautiful oil for natural skincare. The most prized species for making the rosehip oil we know and love are Rosa Rubiginosa and Rosa Mesqueta which grow in the southern Andes, whilst Rose Canina is also a popular choice and can be found in Europe and Asia. What do they all have in common? Their unruly streak of course, as all three of these species are wild bush varieties which grow of their own accord in nature as well as through cultivation.
The magic of rosehip oil
Packed inside the small seeds and flesh of the fruit are some of the most precious nutrients known for beautiful, healthy skin. Rosehip oil has an eye-catching rich orange huge, and that’s thanks to high amounts of beta-carotene, a compound which acts much the same way as vitamin A. An incredible antioxidant, it protects cells against environmental damage, and healthy skin on a cellular level sure shows. The fruit contains more carotenoids, so a paler coloured oil may point to the oil being composed of the seeds only.
Omega 6 (linoleic acid)
Rosehip oil is also rich in linoleic acid, also known as omega 6. Anyone suffering from blemish prone skin will want to take note of this; studies have found that those suffering from acne tend to have a deficiency of linoleic acid in their skin, so regular application can help to rebalance the system and reduce blemishes. On top of that, the texture of rosehip oil is light, meaning it absorbs quickly so you don’t end up with any greasy feeling left behind.
Rosehip oil is the skincare saviour that just keeps on giving, because it is also high in vitamin C. This is yet another amazing antioxidant, but it is also key to collagen production. You may have heard many expensive creams on the market bragging rights to boosting collagen in skin, but this is the real deal. As we get older, we naturally start to loose some of the collagen in our skin, so aiding its production will help bring back firmness and elasticity. Vitamin C also has brightening to add to its belt, as it helps to reduce the appearance of scars and marks by encouraging cell regeneration!
Unfortunately, there is a downside; some people are sensitive to vitamin C, which makes rosehip oil a no-no. If you decide to try it out, do a patch test first to makes sure your skin doesn’t have any bad reactions.
How to use rosehip oil
When you first start out with oils, it can be a bit of a mystery of how to use them. One of the benefits of them are their versatility, but rosehip oil in particular is best on the face applied both day and night:
- Prep the skin by gently cleansing with a sulphate-free cleanser, making sure to remove all makeup if you’re wearing any.
- Apply a floral water based toner, making sure to leave your skin feeling refreshed and damp.
- Whilst skin is still moist, softly press the rosehip oil into your skin until it is fully absorbed, making sure to share some of the love with your neck too!
Depending on how dry or oily your skin is, you will need 1-3 drops to get the job done. If your skin is particularly thirsty, you could also mix a drop or two into your usual natural moisturiser rather than applying it directly onto the skin.
Choosing the right rosehip oil
Thanks to a surge in popularity, there are many versions of rosehip oil on the market, but not all of them are made equally. As with all oils intended for skin, it is always best to use cold pressed (also know as virgin), as this extraction methods ensure no heat is used that will destroy some of the nutrients the plant has to offer. If you can find it, rosehips obtained from organic farming will be even better so that there are absolutely no traces whatsoever of harmful toxins. We recommend:
Every Bit Organic Raw Rosehip Oil – 100% ACO certified organic, this pure rosehip oil is a brilliant option to reap all the benefits of this natural wonder.
Acure Rosehip Oil – Made up of the rosehip fruit oil, this is also organic certified and has the bonus of added vitamin E and a gorgeous frosted glass bottle.
Miessence Rejuvenating Moisturiser for Dry/Mature Skin – High in rosehip seed oil, this nourishing cream is ideal for drier skin types as it contains heaps of hydrating aloe vera and fatty acid rich avocado oil.
Andalou Naturals Beauty Balm SPF 30 – If you’re looking for makeup with skincare benefits then you can’t get much better than this BB cream. Whilst providing light coverage and sun protection, it also has skin loving oils like rosehip, jojoba and borage.
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