The use of rosehip oil for skin is an age old practice valued by Chileans. It is used on the skin for a wide range of reasons. Here is more on how to use rosehip oil for skin problems such as acne, stretch marks and rosacea.
Rosehip Oil for Skin
Rose hip oil is the extracted from the seeds of Rosa rubiginosa and Rosa moschata- a type of wild rose that grows in the Andes region. It can also be extracted from Rosa canina which grows in the Europe and Southern Part of Africa.
It is near colorless and does not smell much. Rosehip oil is very light and does not have the thick oily feel on skin. It soaks into your skin and is quickly absorbed.
Rosehip oil is now widely used as an ingredient in skin care products. With a great liking from people who religiously follow beauty regimens by A-list celebrities such as Miranda Kerr.
In an interview, Miranda said she likes to wear rosehip oil at night. It is her key bedtime routine so that she wakes up with glowing skin.
Equally Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton have credited their blemish free skin to the use of rosehip oil.
Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Skin
- It is rich in essential fatty acids which are very essential for skin health. These help to repair and regenerate damaged skin cells.
- Rosehip oil contains vitamins E, D and a Pro vitamin A (beta carotene).
- Rosehip oil is a natural source of vitamin E which is a natural anti- inflammatory. It calms, relieves and dry irritated skin. Vitamin C is a natural skin brightening agent. It gets rid of hyperpigmentation and balances out skin tone. Vitamin C protects the skin from sun damage.
- Rosehip oil is also acts as an anti-aging. It is rich in antioxidants such as lycopene. It protects the skin against damage from free radicals. This prevents premature aging and helps to improve the texture of the skin.
- It reduces formation and appearance of scars such keloids, acne scars and hypertrophic scars. Studies have also found that rose hip oil is useful for healing of burns and surgical scars.
- Rosehip Oil has fatty acids which make up essential building blocks for cell membranes. This improves the movement of nutrients into the cells where metabolism takes place.
Uses of Rosehip Oil for Skin
Rosehip Oil for Acne
Rose hip oil prevents formation of acne and treatment of acne scars. It has antimicrobial properties that help fight bacteria which is one the causes of acne.
Vitamin A present in rose hip oil promotes collagen formation and regenerate skin cells. This reduces the size of pores which may be beneficial is prevention and fighting acne.
Note: If you have acne prone skin, DO NOT replace prescription medication without consulting your doctor. DO NOT use rose hip oil directly on active acne.
Anti- aging, Wrinkles
Rose hip oil is hydrating and nourishing. Use it daily to delay the onset of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and age spots. It also helps to regenerate the properties of melanin which delays photo aging. This offers protection from UV rays.
The ability of rose hip oil to penetrate to deeper layers of skin is beneficial in prevention of premature aging.
Vitamin A and C stimulate production of collagen.
* It is important to note that rose hip oil may make you susceptible to sunburns. DO NOT use it if you are planning to go out immediately.
Rosehip Oil for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are normal and can happen to just about anyone. They mostly form during puberty, pregnancy, rapid weight gain and extreme weight loss transformations. Rosehip oil is one of the most effective natural remedies used to get rid of stretch marks.
It boosts collagen formation in an effort to fill up the elastic tears in your skin. The healing powers of rosehip oil plays a big role in preventing the formation of stretch marks.
The healing benefits of rosehip oil may be what you need to keep rosacea under control. Rosehip oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce symptoms such as redness and rash. Vitamin A and E present in the oil encourage regeneration of the skin. This is believed to be beneficial in fighting off skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
Rosacea is a chronic condition. The use of rosehip oil is only meant to manage the symptoms. Consult with your doctor before using rose hip oil as a remedy for rosacea.
Under Eyes Circles
Dark circles is just one of the visible signs of fatigue. Apply rose hip oil under your eyes to reduce discoloration. Use a serum that contains rosehip oil to hydrate and replenish the skin under the eyes.
Rosehip oil is highly hydrating. It also has the ability to penetrate to deeper layers of the skin. This way, it transports essential nutrients to the skin a property which other oils may not possess.
Rosehip oil reinforces the cell membrane thus reduce water loss from the skin. It penetrates the skin very quickly. This makes it a very good moisturizer for normal and dry skin types. To use rosehip oil to moisturize skin, you can use it directly by massaging a few drops on your skin.
You can also add coconut oil to improve the benefits on irritated skin.
Other uses include:
- Make-up remover
- Toner for soft skin
- Soothe Sunburn
- Evens out skin tone
- For cuts and bruises
- To soften dry cracked heels
How to use Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is susceptible to rancidity. Store it dry preferably in a refrigerator to prevent rancidity. Massage it directly on the face. You can also use it as an ingredient in DIY skin care recipes. Here are various ways how you can use rosehip oil for skin;
- Lip Balm
- Massage Oil
Side Effects of Rosehip Oil
Most of the unwanted effects from rose hip oil are related to vitamin C present in the oil. Note that different products have different concentrations of vitamin C thus pose different effects. Even so, one would have to ingest a large amount of oil for these effects to be seen.
- Rose hip oil may cause allergic reactions when applied to the skin. It may cause irritations.
- Ingesting rosehip oil could cause gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
- Ingesting rose hip oil increases the levels of estrogen in the body. This may cause interactions with drugs such as contraceptives.
- Vitamin C may make blood more acidic aggravating the symptoms of sickle cell anemia
- It may cause instability and spikes in blood sugar which could pose a danger for diabetics
- The effects of rosehip oil on unborn children have not been studied adequately.
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