How to get more out of rosehip

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Having been a buzzword in skin care for many years now, you’re probably already aware of the skin care benefits of rosehip oil. While its hydrating and nourishing properties are what make it a must-have skin care ingredient, there’s far more to the humble rosehip than you might have thought.

But although it’s a widely known and loved ingredient, the rosehip itself is still a bit of a mystery for some people. “Contrary to what the name suggests, it doesn’t smell like roses, which can surprise new customers,” says Corinne Morley, Trilogy skin care expert. “Instead it has a subtle earthy smell. The plant grows wild in several rugged mountainous regions around the world, including Chile and Lesotho.”

Surprised? We speak to Corinne to find out more about this nutrient-rich plant and discover the best ways to use rosehip oil in your skin care routine.

The hidden benefits of rosehip

You might be all over the goodness of rosehip oil, but that’s not the only part of the plant that packs a punch: Trilogy has started incorporating rosehip seed powder into its new Exfoliating Body Balm. After cold-pressing the oil out of the seed, instead of throwing away the remaining solids, known in the trade as ‘seedcake’, it’s ground into powder that acts as an exfoliant. And if you’ve been looking for a sustainable alternative to the microbeads that are in some exfoliants, this could be your answer.

“The natural exfoliant is finely-ground rosehip seed powder – an innovative, biodegradable and ocean-safe alternative to plastic microbeads. The powder is ground from the solids, which remain after seeds are cold-pressed to release their oil, making good use of a by-product and thereby reducing waste,” says Corinne.

Along with being an environmentally friendly natural body exfoliant, the Exfoliating Body Balm also contains a rich blend of rosehip oil, sweet almond oil and beeswax to nourish and soften the skin and leave it with a hydrated glow. Add this buffing beauty to your routine once a week on dry areas such as the legs and around the knees and elbows.

Why rosehip oil is so good for your skin

If you need a refresher on exactly why rosehip oil is so good for the skin, Corinne points out that one big benefit is that it’s rich in nourishing fatty acids. “Rosehip oil is super-rich in essential fatty acids (omegas-3 and -6) and fatty acid (omega-9), making it intensely nourishing, hydrating and great for helping repair and rejuvenate skin,” says Corinne. These fatty acids make rosehip oil the perfect treatment for addressing dehydration, lines and scars. “Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is proven to be highly effective at treating scars, stretch marks, fine lines, wrinkles and dry and dehydrated skin.”

Your body can benefit, too

Given the incredible benefits that rosehip oil can give the skin on your face, it makes sense that these same benefits can be given to the skin on the rest of your body, too. Trilogy’s Pure Plant Body Oil uses rosehip oil to help give nourishment and hydration back to parched skin from top to toe. “It’s a simple but effective blend of rosehip oil to repair and hydrate, sweet almond oil to stabilise the natural pH of the skin and apricot oil to soothe inflammation. It helps to improve stretch marks and scarring and leaves the skin soft and nourished,” explains Corinne.

It’s ideal for use throughout pregnancy as well as for the whole family, and it’s fragrance-free so it won’t fight with your favourite perfume or irritate sensitive skin. Corinne suggests using it daily or whenever your skin needs some extra TLC.

More uses for rosehip

With rosehip oil being such a great multiuse product, Corinne suggests popping it on your cuticles and the dry ends of your hair for added hydration. “Rosehip oil is a great beauty multitasker, you can use it for so many different things. It helps soften and smooth ragged cuticles, nourishes dry skin and improves scars on hard-working hands. It’s great for maintaining a healthy scalp, which is why it’s a key ingredient in our haircare range. You can use it to tame fly aways and condition dry ends.”

Rosehip can also be used to nourish you from the inside out, as it’s a natural source of vitamin C. According to Corinne, “I’ve heard of rosehips being used to make things like jams, syrups and infusions.” They can also be brewed to make tea, or dried and added to sauces, soups and seasonings.

For more information about the Trilogy range, click here.

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