The healing properties of rosehip oil have been recognized for many years. There has been a long history of Native Americans and ancient civilizations such as the Maya and Egyptians using it for centuries. In recent years, it has become even more popular as an indispensable ingredient for getting a radiant complexion. Let’s take a closer look at benefits of rosehip oil for skin, as well as why it is beneficial.
What is rosehip oil?
The oil is obtained from rose hips. The fruit looks like a bulbous extension at the base of the rosette, which is formed after it has blossomed. When the flower begins to fall off, the rose hip continues to ripen.
Rosehip oil can be made from the following types of plants in the rose family:
- Rose of the moschata (Rosa moschata)
- Wild rosehips from the Rosa canina plant
- There are two types of roses: Rosa rubiginosa and Rosa eglanteria
Types of rosehip oil
A rosehip oil’s quality is affected by the extraction method, as it affects the vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids in the oil For a higher quality product, choose a low heat recovery method without chemical solvents (eg hexane). Two methods meet these requirements: cold pressing and extraction with supercritical solvents.
- Rosehips are extracted with supercritical solvents by exposing carbon dioxide to high pressure and low temperature. With this method of isolation, you can use the whole fruit – with seeds, pulp and peel. There is an increase in the amount of beneficial nutrients in the oil as a result of this process.
- A cold pressing method is another method for extracting the oil from rose hips without using any heat in the process. But for this, the rose hips must be crushed and squeezed. Friction can thus occur, from which natural heat is generated to some extent.
Benefits of rosehip oil for skin
It is important to note that rosehip oil can have many different benefits for the skin, depending on the amount of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids it contains.
1. Protects against wrinkles
With its high levels of antioxidants, rosehip oil can fight free radical damage to the skin. DNA, lipids, and proteins in the body can be adversely affected by free radicals, leading to aging, disease, and sun damage. Rose hips contain antioxidants like lycopene and beta-carotene that may help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Controls acne prone skin
An important fatty acid found in rosehip oil is linoleic acid, which is a relatively high concentration in this oil. This is important for fighting acne for several reasons.
First, the skin absorbs linoleic acid faster, as it is more liquid and lighter than oleic acid. Rosehip oil’s non-comedogenic properties make it an excellent acne-fighting cleanser.
Further, studies have found oleic acid dominates the surface lipids of acne-prone skin and linoleic acid is abnormally low. Linoleic acid helps control acne as it controls sebum production and promotes the skin’s natural exfoliation process. Because linoleic acid is anti-inflammatory, it can also relieve redness or irritation caused by acne.
3. Keeps skin hydrated
Researchers have found that rosehip oil improves skin’s moisture levels, making it softer to the touch. Thanks to its high levels of linoleic acid, rosehip oil penetrates the skin and helps it form a water-resistant barrier, essentially locking in moisture. There may be some relief from dry skin or eczema when the skin barrier is broken, especially if applied immediately after a bath or shower.
4. Protects the skin
Polluting and harsh chemicals found in some beauty products can damage the outer layer of the skin. Rosehip oil contains antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene, which act as boosters of your skin’s protective barrier.
5. Prevents or reduces scars
The beta-carotene and linoleic acid in rosehip oil help reduce scars. They boost collagen production , speed up skin renewal, and help repair and prevent damage caused by free radicals. In addition, linoleic acid can reduce the hyperpigmentation of some scars. There have also been studies showing that rosehip oil improves texture, reduces redness and discolouration of postoperative scars on the skin.
6. Evens out skin tone
Pro -vitamin A is a compound that can be converted into vitamin A in the body . The most common provitamin A is beta-carotene. Thus, when applied to the skin, rosehip oil (which contains beta-carotene) can transfer the beneficial properties of vitamin A, including minimizing hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin A can lighten dark spots as it boosts skin cell renewal. The old hyperpigmented cells are replaced by new cells with a normal level of pigmentation. If your skin has dark spots associated with exposure to sunlight, medication, or hormonal changes, you may find that rosehip oil effectively evens out skin tone.
7. Brightens the complexion
Because rosehip oil promotes skin cell renewal, it acts as a natural scrub that can brighten dull complexions. The astringent properties of the oil can reduce pore size, which also helps in brightening the skin.
8. Relieves skin inflammation
Because rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants, it can relieve skin irritation caused by eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Of course, for the treatment of these diseases, it is advisable to seek the advice of a doctor. But when combined with appropriate treatment, rosehip oil can reduce the symptoms of inflamed skin.
The use of rosehip oil
Before adding rosehip oil to your skin care regimen, we recommend doing an allergy skin test first. In this way, you can know how the skin will react to it, and minimize the possible adverse reaction. Here’s how to do it:
- Apply a small amount of oil to a hidden area of skin with a diameter of up to two centimeters. For example, this can be done on the inside of the forearm.
- Check the sample area after 24 hours.
- If there is no redness, swelling or any other signs of irritation, the oil can be fully used in daily skin care.
To apply rosehip oil, put 2-4 drops on your palm. Then rub the fingertips of the other hand into the oil. Next, apply the oil on the face, neck and under the eyes with light circular movements with your fingertips.
Rosehip oil can be applied once or twice a day. Apply at night after moisturizer. If you are not concerned about photosensitivity, it can also be applied in the morning before sunscreen.
Alternatively, one or two drops of the oil can be added to your regular moisturizer instead of applying it alone.
Rosehip oil is suitable for most skin types. For dry skin, its ability to retain moisture is beneficial. If you have normal skin that only gets dry in extreme weather, this ability won’t bother you as it’s a light oil. It also does not irritate oily skin as it is easily absorbed. One last thing, given that the oil can adapt to different skin types, it will also suit combination skin as a single product that can be applied to all areas.
Precautions When Using Rosehip Oil
According to the study, benefits of rosehip oil for skin is generally safe and has a low incidence of side effects. Of course, there is the possibility of an allergic reaction, as with any other product. An allergic reaction can range from a mild rash to complete anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening).
People with bleeding disorders should refrain from using rosehip oil. It contains rugosin E , a chemical compound that reduces blood clotting and increases the chance of bleeding.
Many pregnant women worry about using rosehip oil as they are warned to avoid taking too much vitamin A. Excessive intake of vitamin A during pregnancy has caused birth defects. However, the form of the vitamin to which this precaution applies is preformed vitamin A. The provitamin A form in rosehip oil does not pose the same hazard during pregnancy. The US National Institutes of Health has confirmed that a high intake of pro-vitamin A does not cause any of the side effects associated with taking preformed vitamin A.
Author: Dr. Venus Ramos
This article was written by Vinas Ramos, a licensed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Practitioner who received medical degrees from Yale University, the University of Miami, and the University of California, Irvine. She owns a successful medical clinic in Southern California and has been competing for over 20 years as a national level athlete. Vinas Ramos also works as a fitness trainer and helps everyone from single moms to professional athletes and even movie stars in this area. She offers readers a FREE 7 degree program to look good and love life in just 25 minutes a day at https://doctorvenus.com/ .