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How to use rosehip oil

If you want to smell sweet while doing your skin a world of good, consider adding rosehip oil to your beauty arsenal. It’s a powerhouse when it comes to richly nourishing nutrients and could be a real saviour if you experience dry skin or have any scars which you’d like to reduce the appearance of.

Before we examine exactly how to use rosehip oil though, let’s take a look at what this amazing multitasking oil is.

What is rosehip oil?

Despite its name, rosehip oil isn’t the same as rose oil. While the more commonly known variety is extracted from the petals of roses, rosehip oil is sourced by pressing the fruit and seeds of the plant. It doesn’t smell as fragrant as rose oil. However, it still has a subtle woody scent1.

Why should you start using rosehip oil?

Curious as to why this humble oil is so beneficial for the body? Rosehip oil has been used for centuries – especially in its native country of Chile – to treat a variety of ailments. That’s all thanks to the fact it’s:2

Super hydrating – Rosehip oil contains high numbers of fatty acids, and these are essential for building up strong cells which efficiently lock in moisture in the skin. Although it’s an oil, rosehip is also non-greasy, which makes it ideal for use on all skin types.

Packed with vitamins – Rosehip oil is rich in a variety of essential nutrients, including vitamins A, C and E. All three play a part in maintaining healthy skin, from protecting it from sun damage to supporting collagen production so it stays elastic and youthful.

Contains phenols – These chemical compounds are present in high numbers in rosehip oil and they’re thought to have a variety of health properties, including being anti-bacterial.

How to use rosehip oil

Rub it on to stretch marks or scars to reduce their appearance

Rosehip oil’s high concentration of fatty acids makes it perfect for rubbing on any stretch marks or scars you might have. That’s because fatty acids are vital for regenerating cells and repairing damaged tissue. For the same reason, it’s thought to have some success at reducing the appearance of wrinkles too.3

Massage it into your face as a hydrating overnight mask

If your skin is looking a little parched, measure out a few drops and then massage it gently on to a cleansed face. Rosehip oil is very absorbent so it shouldn’t leave your skin looking greasy. For the best results, leave it on overnight and you’ll likely wake up with softer, brighter-looking skin!4

Add a few drops to your moisturiser

To reap the benefits of rosehip oil all over your body, try adding a little bit into your normal moisturiser. As it contains heaps of fatty acids which are a key ingredient in most moisturisers, you could also apply it directly to the skin to help soften it. Its non-greasy formula even makes it ideal for using underneath makeup.5

Should anyone avoid using rosehip oil?

Rosehip oil is naturally derived and organic, meaning it shouldn’t really cause any irritation or side effects. Nevertheless, people with highly sensitive skin will want to be cautious. You should always patch test it on a small section of skin first.6 Check out our full skincare range to discover products containing nourishing rosehip oil and other amazing plant-based ingredients. Want more advice on how to effectively look after your skin? Check out The Health Hub.

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Last updated: 2 June 2020

Sources
  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/rosehip-oil-for-face
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/rosehip-oil-for-face
  3. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a20706831/rosehip-oil-benefits/
  4. https://www.beautybay.com/edited/what-is-rosehip-oil/
  5. https://www.beautybay.com/edited/what-is-rosehip-oil/
  6. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/rosehip-oil-for-face#side-effects-and-risks
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