Rosehips are the nutrient-dense fruits of the rose bush; their skin rejuvenating and clarifying properties have made them a go-to ingredient for a variety of skincare applications. Use rosehip oil to brighten the complexion, fade discoloration, reduce scarring and stretch marks, and smooth wrinkles.
Rosehips are the berry-like fruit of wild roses; they start developing in the spring once the flower is pollinated and are ready to be harvested by early autumn once the petals drop. The hips are then turned into a pulp and crushed to extract the nutrient-dense oil.
Rosehip oil is full of the antioxidants, micronutrients and vitamins that protect and repair skin. It is a natural source of vitamin A (also known as a trans-retinoic acid), which is known to help prevent premature aging due to sun exposure. It is also a great source of omega-3, omega-6, and linoleic acid, which play a key role in the maintenance and regeneration of collagen and elastin, the fibers that keep skin firm and youthful. This ability to repair damaged tissue makes rosehip oil a great choice for improving skin tone and reducing the appearance of scarring, stretch marks and wrinkles.
A Healthy Dose of Vitamin C
Rose hips are one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C, a nutrient which is essential for collagen synthesis and gives the skin elasticity. It also has skin brightening effects and can quell redness and inflammation while fading spots, discoloration, pigmentation.
As a dry oil, it absorbs quickly into the skin, providing intensive moisture and hydration without leaving a greasy residue behind. Its small molecules penetrate the deepest level of skin, restoring a beautiful, natural glow.
Want to take advantage of rosehip oil’s exceptional skincare benefits at home? Improve your complexion with this DIY recipe for rosehip infused oil.
- Step 1: Sort through your bunch of rosehips, removing debris and cutting off the hairy tops and bottoms. Chop them into dime-sized pieces with a knife.
- Step 2: Immerse them in 4 ounces of a carrier oil and store the jar in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks.
- Step 3: Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth as many times as needed to remove plant residue. Pour the oil in a dark or opaque container, as exposure to light can reduce the potency of the ingredients. Rosehip oil can go rancid rather quickly so to extend the shelf life, add some Vitamin and and put it in the fridge.
- Step 4: Apply the oil to the face using a cotton ball twice daily. It is great for healing acne scars, but avoid contact with active acne. If the oil is too heavy for your face, try mixing it with your face moisturizer. This infusion can also be applied to cracked or dry skin on the elbows, knees, heels and lips.
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This article is for informational purposes only and is intended to provide information about holistic health, wellness, and herbalism. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please discuss health concerns and conditions with your doctor. If you are pregnant or nursing, always review ingredients lists (particularly if they contain herbs and essential oils) with your medical practitioner.