It’s almost Valentine’s, and whether you love the season or never want to see another rose again, the one place roses do belong is on your beauty counter. Well, not roses, exactly, but rosehip seed oil.
This oil unfortunately won’t make you smell like roses (maybe that’s a good thing, depending on how you feel about February), but it will give you calmer, healthier skin.
Where Does It Come From?
Rosehip seed oil comes from the little red fruits seen under the petals of wild rose bushes originating in Chile. (Because the oil comes from the fruit, not roses themselves, rosehip seed oil has a bit of an earthy scent that doesn’t linger after application.) Extraction is a complicated process but leaves behind an oil that is very high in essential fatty acids and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. It’s a healing oil known to have been used by the ancient Egyptians and Mayans (and Miranda Kerr.)
Rosehip Seed Oil Benefits
So what will rosehip seed oil do for you? Change your life. Alright, maybe we’re exaggerating. But we didn’t fall in love with this oil for no reason: it’s definitely an elixir. The benefits of rosehip seed oil for your skin come from all those vitamins and antioxidants we mentioned earlier. Here’s exactly what they’ll do for your skin:
Essential fatty acids: The high percentage of EFAs in the oil is part of what makes it so hydrating for dry skin. And the linoleic and linolenic acids in rosehip seed oil specifically provide acne relief and are great at combatting hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin A: If you’ve been looking for a way to work retinol into your skincare routine without going for something as intense as Retinol-A, rosehip seed oil is your answer. It has anti-aging properties that will leave you with firmer skin.
Vitamin C: Another key anti-aging ingredient. Rosehip seed oil is very high in vitamin C, meaning it’s wonderful for repairing damaged skin. Vitamin C can specifically help treat fine lines and wrinkles.
How Does It Feel?
We know this question is a big one – there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re just spreading grease on your face. Fortunately, pure rosehip seed oil is a lightweight oil. It won’t feel greasy or heavy at all, while leaving your skin a little smoother and hydrated. If you’re new to using oils on your face, our Revitalize Face Oil is a great place to start. Not only does it contain rosehip seed oil for all of those under-the-surface boosts, it also contains sweet almond oil to give you a light glow. And if you want all of rosehip seed oil’s benefits without using an oil, we love this ingredient so much that we also put it in our new and improved Daily Face Repair.