While rosehip seed oil is not as miraculous as people rave about online, it is a pretty darned good oil for skincare.
It’s particularly good when it comes to the elimination of hyperpigmentation and shallow acne scars, which is what I used it for.
There’s also a handy recipe card at the end of this post. You can print it to have on hand when you’re ready to try the recipe.
Rosehip seed oil is also one of my favorite oils for achieving moisturized hair.
I recommend using it as a pre-poo but I recently started using rosehip seed oil for skincare as well.
Rosehip seed oil is commonly used in skincare formulations.
It’s also one of the oils recommended in 10 Anti-Aging Natural Oils You Should Add to Your Beauty Regimen in 2018.
What is Rosehip Seed Oil?
Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the pods of rose bushes. These pods are left behind after the rose petals fall off.
The pods are dried then pressed for the oil. Rosehip seed oil is different from rose oil, which is derived from rose petals and not rosebuds.
Rosehip Seed Oil Benefits for the Skin
1. Beta-Carotene and Lycopene
Rosehip seed oil contains provitamin A (beta-carotene) and lycopene. These properties have skin-lightening benefits for the skin.
2. Retinoid Acid
Rosehip seed oil contains retinoid acid, a form of vitamin A that promotes cell regeneration and refines the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scars.
It also encourages skin cell renewal and turnover leading to a brighter complexion. This is one of the best qualities of rosehip seed oil.
3. Omega 6 and 9
Rosehip seed oil contains the essential fatty acids omega-6 and omega-9, which help stimulate collagen production.
Rosehip seed oil is non-comedogenic and won’t lead to breakouts.
While there is some concern about skin purging when you start using it, I did not experience this.
Related Content: 30 Non-Comedogenic Oils for Oily Skin
5. Vitamin C Encourages Collagen Formation
Rosehip seed oil is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost collagen production in the skin in combination with vitamin C.
Vitamin C improves skin elasticity and has the ability to inhibit the production of MMP-1, an enzyme that breaks down collagen in the body.
6. Rosehip Seed Oil Reduces Hyperpigmentation
This is the primary reason I decided to give rosehip seed oil a try on my skin.
Hyperpigmentation occurs on the skin when excess production of melanin forms dark spots and/or patches on the skin.
This excess production of melanin could be caused by exposure to the sun, hormonal changes, and medication.
Very annoying and can be covered up with makeup but why not do something to get rid of it altogether so you don’t have to be tied to make-up permanently?
7. Rosehip Seed Oil Refines Appearance of Fine Lines and Scars
The essential fatty acids and antioxidants in rosehip seed oil help refine the appearance of fine lines and scars after a few weeks.
Results depend on your skin type but you should begin to see an improvement around the 8 – 10 week mark.
8. Rosehip Seed Oil Moisturizes Skin
Rosehip seed oil locks in hydration when mixed with specific oils for skincare. The oil is a natural moisturizer that agrees with the skin.
In the recipe below, I’ve added tamanu oil, one of my favorite skincare oils.
You can learn more about tamanu oil at How To Heal Damaged Skin With Tamanu Oil.
How to Use Rosehip Seed Oil for Hyperpigmentation and Acne Scars
I had hyperpigmentation and scarring on my back from acne. I had tried body scrubs but the scars weren’t really fading.
Then I added rosehip seed oil into my body butter recipe a few months ago.
The hyperpigmentation and scarring have faded significantly and the skin on my back is now smoother. Below is the recipe I used:-
- Soften 4 oz of shea butter, cupuacu butter, cocoa butter, or kokum butter in a plastic container. You can also use a mix of more than one natural butter.
- Add 2 tablespoons each of coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil. Whip with a fork.
- Add 2 teaspoons each of rosehip seed oil and tamanu oil. Whip some more.
- Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Whip again then pour into a cosmetic jar like this one.
- Leave in the fridge for some time to set and your body butter is ready.
- Apply to skin every morning after your shower. Thoroughly massage into the problem areas for a few minutes. I should mention my scars weren’t very deep. If your scars are very deep, you may also require a visit to a dermatologist.
By the way, if you have brittle nails, massage this butter into your fingernails every evening after exfoliating your hands.
Rosehip Seed Oil for Acne
I did not use this oil to treat acne specifically.
However, upon further research, reviews suggest rosehip seed oil is also good for acne due to the retinoic acid as well as its lightness and dryness.
It also tightens pores and brightens skin. A few drops mixed into your night cream should suffice.
Rosehip Seed Oil Side Effects
Rosehip seed oil is a mild and dry oil that’s absorbed easily into the skin. It’s tolerated by most skin types.
However, if you experience itching or discoloration, discontinue use immediately. Your skin won’t like everything you use on it.
For alternative oils you can use on your skin, read this article on non-comedogenic oils.
Where to Buy Rosehip Seed Oil?
Rosehip seed oil is readily available in health care stories as well as online on popular sites like Amazon. However, many manufacturers tend to dilute this oil.
Authentic rosehip seed oil is slightly pink and smells herby. The best brands of rosehip seed oil for the face include:-
- Life-Flo Rosehip Oil
- Radha Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
- InstaNatural Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
- Molivera Organics Rosehip Seed Oil
- Art Naturals Rosehip Oil
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