Rosehip oil might be rumoured as the reason for Kate Middleton’s pregnancy glow, the secret of supermodel skin and the miracle anti-ageing active of the century, but I know that’s not yet enough for you to buy into its cult status. You want to know exactly what makes rosehip oil work, exactly what it is that makes rosehip oil special and exactly what you’re getting when you invest in a 30ml ampoule.
Friend, I have you covered.
Today I’m sharing the 2 superstar reasons why rosehip oil is the most popular kid on the facial oil block, plus the 1 key fact you need to be aware of before you invest…
Rosehip Oil Benefits – Anti-aging & Anti-acne
This is the blockbuster reason for rosehip oils rapid rise to the halls of skincare fame. Rosehip oil can help treat your acne, spots or pimples while also protecting your skin against ageing.
Rosehip oil is the highest natural source of bio-active vitamin A.
While you might know of vitamin A for its ability to help you see in the dark, vitamin A is also a very famous skincare vitamin. It’s one of the 5, I recommend to look for when choosing skincare that delivers results.
So why I hear you ask? What’s so special about vitamin A?
Of all the skincare vitamins there are to choose from, vitamin A has long-standing clinical test results proving its effectiveness. In fact you can even get concentrated forms of this stuff on prescription… Tretinoin, Atralin, Retin-A.
Vitamin A is a skincare rock-star because it is clinically proven to treat acne and reverse the signs of ageing.
The kind of vitamin A you’ll find in rosehip oil is special. Special because it’s biologically active without your body having to cook it into something else.
Heard of retinol?
Retinol is the go-to form of vitamin A for mainstream, anti-ageing cosmetics.
The interesting part – retinol actually isn’t biologically active. Retinol does nothing for your skin until your body cooks it down to retinoic acid.
The recipe looks exactly like this…
Retinol > Retinaldehyde > Retinoic acid
That means your skin needs time to process and just like you’re stove ends up enjoying a little of your dinner, so too is a little potency lost along this cookery pathway.
Rosehip oil is special because it already contains the biologically active form of vitamin A, retinoic acid. No cooking required, no stove stealing of your special sauce!
Rosehip Oil Benefits – Skin Repair
On first glance, all natural oils look the same, what’s that well-known saying I’m trying to remember, it has something to do with men *winks*.
On the surface, it’s true, all natural oils are similar… until you begin looking under their bonnets.
You’ll know exactly how different the same ingredient can be if you’ve ever experienced one of these situations..
- A Chanel replica clutch at a tenth of the price.
- Strawberries picked fresh from the fields, nibbled before you’ve even paid for the punnet.
- London tap water.
When it comes to natural oils, their internal makeup is so completely different.
Rosehip oil is completely different to jojoba oil which is completely different to coconut oil.
They’re all oils, but just like Ribena and Robinsons orange taste completely different, so too, do all natural oils.
Rosehip oil is special because it has a high content of certain types of oil called essential fatty acids. You might’ve also heard these called omega 3 and omega 6, or even Linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Whichever 007 pseudonym they go by, they all share the same roots… the same definition.
They are oils your body cannot make itself and that is why they earn the title of essential.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 9 November 2016
A lot of oils have a helping dose of essential fatty acids in low quantities but none quite like rosehip. Let me help you put that into perspective a little…
Natural oils like olive have around a 2-5% content of essential fatty acids whereas rosehip oil has a whopping 64-87%.
That is a huge difference!
Essential fatty acids know exactly how to love your skin, let’s take a look at some of their benefits…
- Anti-inflammatory – great for sensitive skin types.
- Help skin to exfoliate, treating conditions like acne.
- Support skins healing process.
- Help to repair your skins natural barrier – aka moisturising.
- Promote a healthy, bright and even skin tone.
They’re a great go to if you have sensitive skin, spot prone skin, oily and acne prone skin, dry and slow to heal skin, eczema, rosacea, skin prone to stretch marks, age spots, scars… the bottom line, your skin needs essential fatty acids and if it’s lacking it’ll be sure to tell you with one of the above.
p.s. there’s a few other oils high in essential fatty acids. Don’t tell rosehip oil – it’s not the only one! Download this free list to have a helpful reminder of the 9 natural oils that will have these same skin healing benefits.
Now my friend, I promised to reveal the 1 key fact you need to be aware of before investing in a rosehip facial oil and this is it…
Know this Before You Buy a Rosehip Facial Oil
Rosehip oil is a bit like an ice cube. It’s the next best thing since sliced bread but when outta the fridge it doesn’t hang around for long. Add summertime into the equation and you have yourself a carrot without a snow body *winks*.
All of those precious essential fatty acids make rosehip oil very active. That kinda activity cannot be tamed and when still in the bottle it’ll be using those skin rejuvenating benefits before they even reach your skin.
This is why the best kinds of rosehip oil are;
- Created into opaque bottles that stop light using up its activity – if you can’t see the oil you’re onto a winner.
- Have helping antioxidants like vitamin E to help slow any loss of skin activity.
Rosehip facial oils like…
- trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, £30/30ml.
- A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil, £17/23ml.
- Alucia Organics Certified Organic Double Rosehip Oil, £20/30ml.
…and there’s even more you can do to protect those rosehip oils benefits for your skin;
- Keep your precious bottle of rosehip oil stored away from light – in a draw would be perfect.
- Be sure that draw is cool e.g. it’s not in a steamy bathroom or in direct sunlight.
- Put the lid back on as soon as you’ve taken your 2 or 3 drops.
Hooray! Follow those 5 steps and all of those essential fatty acids and bio-active vitamin A nutrients are perfectly protected to last as long as oily possible.
Do you use rosehip oil? Which is your favourite? What do you use it for? Tell me your stories in the comments below…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.