Natural Skincare: Rosehip Oil
I’ll always have a soft spot for oils in my skincare routine. During times when my skin is stressed, dry or just not at its best, I often find that going ‘back to basics’ with an oil fixes the problem like nothing else. One oil that I’ve tried recently, and that has quickly risen to ‘favourite status’ for me is rosehip oil!
So why rosehip over any other oil?
Rosehip oil has been under the spotlight for some time now. Unlike other oils (e.g. Argan oil), rosehip oil contains naturally occurring vitamin A which aids in the turnover of cells – an essential process in fading scars, reducing fine lines and doing away with acne. Vitamin A (or Retinol) is added to a variety of skincare and anti-aging products – I’ve actually used it in a prescribed form to clear up acne in the past. Though I’m unsure of the potency of vitamin A in rosehip, (in my mind) simply having vitamin A gives it a leg up on other oils. It also contains omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, essential for conditioning and locking moisture into the skin.
I apply 3-4 drops to my face each night after a moisturiser, or even 1-2 in the mornings under makeup. I haven’t found it to be too oily – within a minute or so it sinks in nicely and leaves my skin with a healthy glow.
One of the things that I love most about facial oils is their unique ability to lock moisture into the skin. I often find that typical moisturisers sink into the skin, only to dissipate hours later when exposed to low humidity. Oils, on the other hand, leave a thin residue atop the skin which acts as a external barrier against moisture loss (I’m going to attribute this to the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids). When used together, I find an oil really prolongs the life of my moisturiser, keeping my skin well balanced and hydrated throughout the day (even in tough environments!).
I might add, rosehip also has a unique nutty/woody scent which I’m particularly fond of!
I’m finding oils are a wonderful way to inject some natural skincare into my everyday routine. If you’re interested in trying a face oil, I would thoroughly recommend rosehip!
Do you use rosehip oil? Do you have any favourite oils that you use in your skincare?