Rosehip oil is also known as rosehip seed oil. It’s derived from the rosa canina rose bush, which is grown mostly in Chile.
Unlike rose oil, which is extracted from rose petals, rosehip oil is pressed from the fruit and seeds of the rose plant.
Prized since ancient times for its valuable healing benefits, rosehip oil is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. It also contains phenols that have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Rosehip oil is often used as a carrier oil for essential oils which are too intense to put on your skin directly.
– It hydrates
– It moisturizes
– It helps exfoliate and helps brightens skin
– It helps boost collagen formation
– It helps reduce inflammation
– It helps protect against sun damage
– It helps reduce hyperpigmentation
– It helps reduce scars and fine lines
– It helps boost immunity
How to use rosehip oil
Rosehip oil is a dry oil that easily absorbs into the skin.
Although it’s generally safe for all skin types, you should perform a patch test before your first use. This will ensure that you aren’t allergic to the oil.
To do this:
apply a small amount of rosehip oil to your forearm or wrist
cover the treated area with a band aid or gauze
after 24 hours, check the area for signs of irritation
if the skin is itchy or inflamed, you shouldn’t use rosehip oil (see your doctor if the irritation persists)
if the skin doesn’t show any signs of irritation, it should be safe to use elsewhere
Once you’ve done a patch test, you can apply rosehip oil up to twice per day. The oil can be used on its own, or you can add a few drops to another carrier oil or your favorite moisturizer.
Rosehip oil can go rancid quickly. To help extend its shelf life, store the oil in a cool, dark place. You can also store it in your refrigerator.
Though it’s slightly more expensive, cold-pressed, organic rosehip oil is recommended for purity and best results.
Possible side effects and risks
Rosehip oil is generally safe for all skin types, but allergic reaction is not uncommon. Before using rosehip oil for the first time, you should perform a patch test to make sure your skin can tolerate the oil.
See your doctor if you begin to experience:
red, itchy skin, itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, nausea, vomiting
Anaphylaxis is possible in severe cases of allergic reaction. Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you begin experiencing:
difficulty breathing, wheezing, swollen mouth, throat, or face, rapid heartbeat, stomach pain