Some people erroneously feel the rosehip oil is extracted from a rose petals plant. Rather, it is pressed from rosehip fruit, a plant which is popularly grown in Chile and some other parts of the world. Apart from its numerous healing benefits, rosehip (seed) oil is overloaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that nourish the skin. Though it may not work on every skin as skin chemistry differs, it is a beneficial seed extract for most skins.
The following benefits accrue to the use of rosehip (seed) oil on the skin.
Skin hydration and moisturizing effect
Hydration is necessary for soft, supple skin, and its lack can be a problem, especially during extreme weather, or as the skin ages. The fatty acid element of rosehip oil helps to strengthen the body’s cell walls to avoid water loss. Similarly, its linoleic acid quality gives the skin a dry appearance. The fact that rosehip (seed) oil is dry and nongreasy makes it a suitable natural moisturizer for all skin types.
Skin brightening benefit
Rosehip seed oil contains astringent properties that help tighten the pores and brighten the skin. It is also rich in Vitamins A and C which encourages skin cell turnover and aids in cell regeneration, respectively. This helps to reduce dullness while also boosting overall radiance. Apply it daily on cleansed skin at bedtime.
Collagen formation boosting
Collagen is the building block of skin and is necessary for skin elasticity and firmness. The body naturally makes less collagen as it ages. Vitamins A and C are necessary for collagen production and rosehip oil is rich in the elements. Adding a few drops of the oil to the skin every morning can help to regain elasticity.
Scar fading effect
Rosehip seed oil contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants that are necessary for skin tissue and cell regeneration. The oil has also been used to heal wounds when applied topically. It helps to stimulate macrophages in a way that promotes good healing of wounds and scars. This fading effect also extends to fine lines and stretch marks usually found on women, especially during pregnancies.
Hyperpigmentation often occurs when excess melanin forms patches on the skin in the form of dark spots. This could be a result of sun exposure or hormonal changes. Rosehip oil is rich in retinoids, compounds that are known for reducing hyperpigmentation and other noticeable signs of aging when used regularly.