Rosehip seed oil is one of my favourite oils for achieving moisturized hair and I recommend using it as a pre-poo but I recently started using rosehip seed oil for skin care as well.
While rosehip seed oil is not as miraculous as people rave about online, it is a pretty darned good oil for skin care, particularly when it comes to the elimination of hyperpigmentation and shallow acne scars, which is what I used it for.
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 the rose buds.
Rosehip Seed Oil Benefits for the Skin
- Rosehip seed oil contains provitamin A (beta-carotene).
- Rosehip seed oil contains retinoid acid, a form of vitamin A which promotes cell regeneration and refines the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scars. This is one of the best qualities of rosehip seed oil.
- It contains the essential fatty acids omega-6 and omega-9, which helps stimulate collagen production.
- It 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.
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 the 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.
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 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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