The rose is the most enduringly popular flower in the world. In fact, if you are like many rose enthusiasts, just hearing the word “rose” probably conjures up its intoxicating scent and soft petals!
But did you know that many varietals of rose plants also bear fruit? This fruit is called the “rose hip.” However, rosehips will only form on rose bushes that are not pruned to remove dead blossoms.
According to Gardening Blog, the average single rose hip contains 20 percent more Vitamin C than the average single orange! But even better, rose hips also contain plentiful levels of Vitamins A and E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and other anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrients.
In this post, learn 12 reasons why you will want to start enjoying rosehip oil benefits on your face and skin without delay.
12 Reasons to Start Using Rosehip Oil Today
Using rosehip oil for skin health is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking healthy and feeling young and fresh, as The College of Natural Beauty outlines.
Rosehip oil is easy to make yourself using harvested rose hips in your favorite carrier oil. It is equally easy to find high quality rosehip oil online or in your local natural foods store.
Turn back your facial clock.
Marie Claire recently reported on a new skin aging study. Study results indicated that, for most of us, the face is where the most visible signs of aging first become noticeable.
The recommendation was surprising – researchers stated the best time to start giving your skin extra nourishment was in your mid-20’s! The list of recommended nutrients reads like a rose hip ingredients list: Vitamin C, Vitamins A and E, anti-oxidants and rich moisturizers.
What to do: To use rosehip oil for face skin rejuvenation, smooth on a light layer morning and evening (it is lightweight enough to use under your daily makeup).
Fight back against stretch marks.
Stretch marks happen to the best of us, but they will never make for popular companions. The truth is, stretch marks can form in an instant and last for a lifetime.
Rosehip oil is a great aid to skin affected by stretch marks. This is because rosehip oil is full of a special type of Vitamin A called trans-retinoic acid that helps skin rejuvenate and create new cells faster. This makes one of the best uses for rosehip oil to fight stretch marks.
What to do: You can either smooth on rosehip oil directly over the affected area and massage it in with your fingers, or you can use a derma roller.
Win the war on skin blemishes.
Fighting acne, blackheads, whiteheads and other blemishes is bad enough when you are going through puberty. But it can be even more frustrating when they decide to show up again after you have waved goodbye to those awkward growing years!
The stresses of adulthood, the changes that happen during pregnancy, airborne toxins in the environment and other causes have been implicated in adult-onset skin blemishes. But rose hip oil can help give your skin back its clean and clear reputation.
What to do: For best results, pair your rosehips with a carrier oil that is high in linoleic acid (NOT oleic acid). Smooth on the rose hip oil with a microfiber cloth.
Ease skin irritation.
If you struggle with combination skin, you may find some areas of your face get dryer, redder or more irritated than other areas. It can be hard to find a skin care approach that takes good care of all the skin on your face and neck equally!
Rosehip oil can help with this, since it contains natural anti-inflammatory properties as well as soothing and nourishing restorative anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
What to do: Lightly apply rosehip oil to the affected areas and surrounding skin. You can also safely apply it to your lips.
Detoxify your skin from exposure to the environment.
There are so many toxins floating all around us in the air all day, every day. These toxins are so tiny they easily work their way into our skin, showing up later in the form of inflammation, rash, blemishes, wrinkles and other unpleasant side effects.
Rosehip oil is an ideal treatment to detoxify your skin, since it contains plentiful anti-oxidants to hunt down and destroy toxic free radicals that have penetrated below the skin’s surface.
What to do: Mixing some rosehip oil and spring water together in a spritzer bottle and gently spraying it over your body. You can do this after a bath or shower for deeper penetration into your skin’s pores.
Minimize the visibility of scars.
Whether it was that fall on the playground at age 6 or the emergency appendectomy at age 36, no one gets through life without gathering a few scars.
Rather than just settling for trying to hide your scars, why not let rosehip oil help you fade them away naturally?
What to do: Dot some rosehip oil onto a clean cotton ball and dab it over the scar daily.
Make a massage night date.
Rosehip oil makes a great massage oil because it is so hydrating, nourishing and detoxifying. It also smells wonderful! Plus, everyone needs a little more romance in their busy, hectic lives.
What to do: You can use rosehip oil mixed with water in a spray bottle or rosehip oil mixed in with your favorite carrier oil for a lighter application.
Speed skin healing after sunburn.
No matter how much you try to cover up, the most innocent oopses (like leaving the sunroof open at mid day while you run errands) can sometimes lead to sunburn.
Sunburn is not only painful, but it can take awhile for skin to recover as it burns, blisters, peels away and leaves tender new red skin in its place. Next time this happens to you, take the help of rosehip oil to speed up the healing process.
What to do: Very gently and carefully, use a clean cotton ball to dab on rosehip oil over the affected skin. If it is too painful to touch your skin, you can use rosehip oil and water in a spritzer bottle instead.
Do your own at-home facial.
Now that you know about the benefits of rosehip oil, there is no longer a need to spend hundreds of dollars at a spa for a facial that will leave your skin smooth and glowing.
Rosehip oil can do the same thing while saving you time and plenty of cash!
What to do: Add two or three drops of rosehip oil into your palm and coat both palms, then smooth the oil lightly over your face and neck and let it sink in.
Tighten skin and reduce the appearance of large pores.
Most people have areas on their face where pores are naturally larger (around the nose is a common place).
Because rosehip oil has astringent properties, it can tighten up the skin, reducing the size of pores and evening out skin tone.
What to do: The best way is to use two or three drops of rosehip oil on a clean cotton ball after you wash your face.
Heal minor wounds.
In addition to sunburn and damage from environmental toxins, you probably collect minor scrapes and cuts from time to time (paper cut, anyone?).
Rosehip oil’s high concentration of natural anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and nutrients makes for a powerful ally as your skin heals itself.
What to do: Use a clean cotton ball to lightly dab on rosehip oil over the area of the cut or scrape.
Don’t forget your hair and nails!
Finally, everything rosehip oil can do for your skin, it can also do for your hair and nails. As a bonus, rosehip oil fights dandruff (dry scalp skin) naturally.
What to do: Use a few drops of rosehip oil as a scalp massage after you wash your hair. Leave it in for half and hour and wash out. For nails, massage the oil directly into the nails and cuticles.
Start Enjoying The Benefits of Rosehip Oil Today!
As compelling as this list of reasons may be, like most of us, you are likely already juggling a packed schedule that includes certain health and wellness routines. So maybe you feel like you don’t really have time to add one more, no matter how much you might like to.
Here, the best way to override your own objections is to ask yourself, “Can I afford NOT to add rosehip oil to my daily healthy skin regimen?” If the idea of sagging, wrinkled, aged-looking skin doesn’t appeal to you, then the answer is likely, “No!”
And it isn’t as time-consuming as you might think to start using rosehip oil. All you have to do is pick one of the reasons on this list and just get started. When you notice our skin’s healthy, vibrant glow, that is all the incentive you will need to keep up with your new beauty plan!