5 Benefits of Rosehip Oil

Move over coconut oil, there is a new miracle oil in town! Rosehip oil is cold-pressed and comes from the rosehip seed. Rosehip is the fruit left behind after the petals fall off a rose. Inside the fruit are seeds from which the oil is extracted. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, rosehip oil is quickly gaining its place in the hearts of skin care professionals for multiple reasons.

  1. Moisturizing – Rosehip oil is fantastic for moisturizing the skin due to its essential fatty acids (EFAs), which dry skin lacks. This oil is also very lightweight, so it dries and absorbs quickly and does not clog the pores. The great thing about rosehip oil is that it is perfectly pH balanced, so it is good for every skin type. With a molecular structure similar to sebum, rosehip oil can adjust the client’s oil production, so it can even be used on oily skin. It is also mild enough for sensitive skin.
  2. Improve skin elasticity – Vitamins and antioxidants are essential for healthy skin, and rosehip oil is full of them. It contains omega 3, omega 6, omega 9, beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), and vitamin E. While EFAs are crucial for healthy skin, the body does not naturally produce them, so the EFAs found in rosehip oil fill that missing link. Because EFAs help improve skin texture and elasticity, rosehip oil can help the client look their best. 
  3. Anti-aging – The anti-aging benefits of rosehip oil arise from the oil’s ability to breach the deeper layers of the skin. This ability is due to vitamin A which has molecules that are small enough to penetrate the skin. Vitamin C antioxidants stimulate collagen production which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, rosehip oil can help appear to reverse signs of aging in clients that are particularly interested in natural remedies.
  4. Counteract the effects of sun exposure – New dermatologic findings emphasize the effectiveness of vitamins for sun exposure. Vitamins C and E, both of which are found in rosehip oil, can reduce sunburns from UVB radiation exposure with long-term use. These vitamins also help reduce the damage caused by free radicals, a byproduct of sunlight. Free radicals eat up collagen and elastin, which can cause wrinkles and aging. The American Academy of Dermatology found that when these two vitamins are applied topically, they are highly protective against sun damage. For clients that love to sun bathe, recommend rosehip oil, in addition to their regular sun-protection practices.
  5. Scar treatment – EFAs can help reduce scarring and promote skin regeneration due to emollients that aid in skin repair. Emollients also progress skin flexibility and permeability, allowing rosehip oil’s vitamin A to saturate the deeper skin levels and improve texture and tone. Skin care professionals should keep rosehip oil in mind when clients ask about topical scarring treatments.

Bouchez, C., Grayson Mathis M.D., C. E., (n.d.). Skin Nutrition: Vitamins and Minerals for Your Skin.

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