Rosehip Oil is packed with vitamins, essential oils and nutrients that make it an affordable anti-aging powerhouse.
Rosehip oil originates from the bulb of a specific species of rose called the Rosa aff. rubiginosa or moschata.
The bulb is the fruit left over after all the rose petals have fallen off. This species of rose is grown mostly in South America and is packed with nutrients that include vitamins, antioxidants and essential lipids.
Rosehip has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine for its effectiveness at removing patchy dark spots and hydrating dry, itchy skin. It is also well known for its anti-aging and scar removal properties.
Rosehip oil is extracted from these bulbs via process of cold press extraction. The bulbs are rolled to extract all the essential oils from the bulb. A cold press technique is used so that the chemical nature of the oil remains the same and is not changed by heat.
Rosehip oil can also be used on a daily basis to maintain an even skin tone and prevent it from aging.
Rosehip oil has a high vitamin content vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A. These vitamins protect the skin via multiple mechanisms keeping it youthful, firm and wrinkle free.
In addition, Rosehip oil is packed with essential fatty acids that contribute immensely to its healing properties. Rose Hip oil contains the following fatty acids: oleic, palmitic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acid.
The essential fatty acids in rosehip oil have great absorption rates, and once absorbed into the skin cellular matrix it is converted into other beneficial compounds where it can take action and regenerate your skin from inside out.
Rosehip oil is particularly high vitamin C, making it one of the highest sources of plant based vitamin C sources for the skin.
Rosehip Oil Benefits
1. Anti-Aging Properties
Rosehip oil has three properties that make it an anti-aging superpower. It is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, it contains potent levels of essential fatty acids and it has great absorption rates that allow it to deliver these vitamins and essential fatty acids right into the core of our skin cells and cellular matrices.
Once delivered into our skin, the vitamins and fatty acids start taking effect.
The vitamin C and vitamin A stimulate collagen production which increases our skin firmness to give us that youthful elastic look. The increase in collagen at the cellular level also the skin to rebuild the areas of collagen that have collapsed and caused wrinkles.
Most synthetic cosmetics lack the ability to naturally deliver vitamins and fatty acids into the skin. they add many chemicals to make these vitamins and fatty acid more absorbable and in that process, they damage the actual vitamins and fatty acids.
Rosehip oil has this power of being super absorbable and is the perfect transport mechanism to deliver the essential fatty acids and vitamins directly into the deepest layers of the skin.
The high vitamin C content of rosehip oil also provide the added benefit of increasing blood flow to the skin. proper blood flow to the skin helps remove excess toxins and oxygenate the skin for a fresh vibrant look.
A recent anti-aging study at the School of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, revealed that 3 g of rosehip oil used for 8 weeks caused an 8.2% decrease in the depth of crow’s feet wrinkles, a 21% increase in skin moisture and a 22% increase in skin elasticity.
2. UV Protection Stopping Age Spots
Many of the vitamins and essential fatty acids in rose hip oil also have dual functions and act as anti-oxidants which neutralise free radicals.
The UV rays of the sun can damage the skin, resulting in age spots and uneven skins tones with dark patches.
The antioxidants found in rosehip oil are delivered directly into skin cells where they act to fight free radicals cause by uv rays.
The vitamin a content of rosehip oil also helps even out pigmentation by controlling its production that is stimulated by excessive uv radiation.
3. Scar Removal Properties of Rosehip Oil
Lastly the essential fatty acids and vitamins found in rosehip oil can help decrease the appearance of scars by promoting skin regeneration.
The essential fatty acids provide all the building blocks for new fresh skin and the vitamin A prompts the growth of new skin cells to replace the damaged scar tissue.
The essential fatty acids also provide high moisture to the healing environment which is an essential factor in scar tissue formation.
How to Use Rosehip Oil?
Applying the oil twice a day can have great benefits, but it is important to note that rosehip oil does not protect against sunburn.