Also known as Rosehip oil, the colour of Rosehip seed oil ranges from a beautiful deep golden tone to a rich orange-red.  If it looks more yellow in colour this means it has been more processed and refined, which removes many of its original properties and benefits.  It is also advantageous to know that when it is 100% pure it has a nutty toasty aroma due to the grinding process of the seeds.

When it comes to benefits to the skin there are lots of good reasons for using this natural oil.

First of all, and one which is massively important for those with sensitive skin or for those who are acne prone, rosehip seed oil only has a comedogenic rating of one.  This means it is highly unlikely to block pores

It also has a absorbency rating of one which makes it a dry oil that is absorbed quickly by the skin, without leaving that oily feeling.

If you are someone who shy’s away from the oily feeling, then this will definitely be an ideal oil for you.  There are many properties to rosehip oil that make it an ideal candidate for natural beauty warriors.

As well as fatty acids like linoleic and linoleic acid, which those with dry skin should use as part of their beauty routine to help prevent water loss, other benefits include that is has natural antioxidant properties.

All you natural beauty warriors by now will know that antioxidants are needed to help reduce inflammation in the body and skin.  By reducing inflammation and neutralising free radicals, our skin can help to repair itself from damage such as those caused by the UV rays of the sun, pollution, our diet and even some of the synthetic skincare we use which includes those artificial chemical fragrances.  Antioxidants can also aid in the production of collagen which is massively beneficial to those who want to prevent, slow down or reduce signs of premature ageing.

Did I also mention that rosehip seed oil is also a natural exfoliator? 


Then apologies, because it is! 

It is naturally high in vitamins A (retinol) and C which encourages skin cell turnover which means brighter, glowing, vibrant skin.

And for those with inflamed skin or skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or rosacea, rosehip seed oil is rich with anti-inflammatory properties like vitamin E, anythocyanin and polyphenols. Those words may be a bit of a mouthful but rest assured, when simply put, it means you are treating your skin with love.

Included in rosehip’s many benefits is its use for those with hyperpigmentation.  As a person who has used this oil before, I know that although my face didn’t seem to like this drier oil, my body did reap the benefits.  When I mixed this with other carrier oils and used in regularly on my imperfections i.e. hyperpigmented areas of my body, after several months I did start to notice a difference to my uneven skin tone.

I learned later on that rosehip seed oil contains beta carotene and lycopene.  Both of these have skin lightening properties.

When I mentioned previously that it didn’t agree with my face, this was because it worked perfectly on my body during the 48 hour patch test, but when I made the mistake of using it on my face without diluting it with another carrier oil I did get a slight rash…oh to having super sensitive skin!!!!

So…the moral of this story is do that all important patch test and if you are still unsure, dilute it with another oil you are certain you don’t react to

Before I leave you I should also say that this is another oil that is easy to get hold of in wholefood and health shops, or online.

Alison Williams-Smith


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