If you have just ordered your first bottle of rosehip oil, then you are definitely in the know about one of nature's best ways to support your skin, nails and even hair.
You might be expecting a floral aroma when you open the bottle, but don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t smell like the last bouquet you bought from the florist. Rosehip oil doesn't actually smell like the beautiful buds that protect the hips and seeds on the rose plant. The hips of the rose plant have a more subtle, natural and almost earthy tone.
What exactly is rosehip oil, and how is it made? With all the clamour about the benefits of the natural oil in beauty centric tabloids and on skin care websites, you might have just ordered it because you thought you should without really knowing much about what it can do.
Read on for a breakdown of what you need to know about the oil, how to use it, where to store it, when it’s time to throw it out, and some bonus DIY tips on making your own fragrant combinations to pamper your skin, hair and nails!
So, what is rosehip oil?
Rosehip oil has been used for centuries, even dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Cleopatra herself. It has long been thought to have vast health properties, especially in the area of skin care and repair because it is loaded with soothing nutrients, antioxidants like Vitamin E, A, C, F, and fatty acids like omega 6 and 9. It also contains the carotenoids lycopene and beta-carotene, which promote skin and eye health, and trans-retinoic acid, or tretinoin, which mimics vitamin A’s potent skin benefits.
Rosehips are the small fruit that are left on the rose after the petals have fallen off. Once overlooked and discarded as the waste of the beautiful blooms, someone finally discovered they could be harvested by hand, and those fruits and seeds could then be pressed to make a potent natural elixir. And, voila, rosehip oil was invented!
What can rosehip oil do for your skin?
- Reduces the Appearance of Scars and Marks -
If you have deep scarring from acne on your face or other scars and marks on your skin, you have probably tried treating these blemishes with vitamin E oil or other over the counter products. If you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for then consider trying rosehip oil.
Our 100% pure rosehip oil can help to reduce the appearance of scars and even stretch marks on your face and body. Additionally, vitamin A and linoleic acid have been shown to reduce the visibility of pigmentation in acne scarring on the face.
- Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles -
Rosehip oil is a natural option for reducing the visibility of these signs of aging because it is jam packed with:
- Essential fatty acids, like Omega 6 (linoleic acid) and Omega 9 (Oleic acid)
- Trans-retinoic acid, or tretinoin
- Vitamins A, C, and F
The antioxidants in rosehip oil, like vitamin C, play an important role in the firmness of your skin, which contributes to a more youthful appearance if your skin is drooping or sagging. Vitamin C can also help with brightening skin that’s been overexposed to the sun and other environmental stressors, and can even help with uneven skin tone.
Fatty acids keep skin moist and fight against the body's natural process of drying as we age. Fatty acids do this by keeping skin hydrated and plump, resulting in a more supple and dewy appearance. Omega 6, or linoleic acid, works as a skin barrier that holds onto water and keeps skin moisturized. Omega 9, or oleic acid acts as an emollient and helps moisturize the skin.
Trans retinoic acid, or tretinoin helps reduce the appearance of sun damage, aids in shedding of dead skin cells, supports skin firmness, and promotes a brighter, rejuvenated complexion.
All of these natural ingredients combine to produce healthy, more youthful looking skin.
- Reduces Pigmentation, Redness, and Irritation on the Face and Body -
The fatty acids naturally contained in rosehip oil act as a soothing ingredient and can calm issues like redness or irritated skin. It can be used to help with sun damage, age spots, burns, acne scars, and other blemishes. It does this by naturally rejuvenating and revitalizing the skin on the face and on the body, while simultaneously calming irritations, even on sensitive skin. It can even produce a healthier texture for skin as a whole.
- Strengthens Nails and Nourishes Cuticles -
Did you know that you can even use rosehip oil on your dry and brittle fingernails? goPure’s rosehip oil can help your cuticles by nourishing them with the nutrients they need to be healthy. It can also help to moisturize dry and cracked skin on the hands and fingers, and improve the overall smoothness of your hands. Try massaging the oil into your nail beds and cuticles before you go to bed to give it time to soak in without being washed off for the best results.
- Use Rosehip Oil for a Healthier Scalp and Hair -
Turns out that the same antioxidants and fatty acids in rosehip oil that can give you healthier skin can also make your scalp healthier, which in turn produces healthier hair. The oil has also been found to promote a healthier hair follicle. It can be applied to the whole head as a hair mask before shampooing and conditioning, or it can be used as a spot treatment on your scalp to nourish and moisturize against dryness or flaking.
- Wipe the Day Off -
Instead of spending $100 on a fancy facial cleansing oil from your dermatologist or esthetician’s office, you can use the same goPure rosehip oil you put on your face before your makeup to remove your eye makeup at the end of the day.
Using a natural product on your eyes instead of a makeup wipe full of ingredients you have never heard of before is a much better choice for such a sensitive area. And, the added bonus is that the oil left around the eyes will work into the skin to reduce the appearance of crow's feet and fine lines. It’s a total win-win!
- DIY Concoctions -
One unique quality about rosehip oil is that it is a carrier oil, so it can actually dilute essential oils to make them safe for topical application, and you can ultimately create your own personalized scent! Maybe you're feeling like lavender one day and lemongrass the next--all you need are some extra dropper bottles you can purchase relatively inexpensively off the internet, and you can create your own rosehip oil essential oil blends! Some popular pairings are: Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium, Patchouli, and Rosemary.
You can also add our rosehip oil to products you have already purchased to increase and maximize their results. Add the oil to creams, lotions, serums, and moisturizers, and even soaps, shampoos, and conditioners for that extra nourishment your skin and hair crave!
- Mix a few drops of rosehip oil and your favorite essential oil with sugar to make a facial scrub.
- Add 3 drops of essential oils to your rosehip oil to make an aromatherapy massage oil.
- Add into a spray bottle with water to spritz yourself on a hot day to lock in moisture in your face and skin.
There are so many possibilities and endless benefits that can be achieved with one little bottle of rosehip oil.Especially when you consider the number of different uses and concoctions you can make to treat everything from your hair, skin and nails, rosehip oil really is one of nature's best kept secrets, and your skin (and hair and nails!) will be sure to thank you!