An oil may seem like a terrifying addition to your skin care routine, especially if you already have oily skin. However, adding an oil could be the key to a brighter, bouncier complexion. Rosehip oil (which comes from the fruit left behind once a rose has dropped all its petals) is one of the hardest-working oils, boasting benefits from stimulating collagen production and improving fine lines to diminishing scars.
We spoke to Oz Beauty Expert, Bonnie Gillies, to find out exactly how to incorporate this multi-tasker into your routine, plus exactly how it’s working to benefit your skin.
Why does rosehip oil work so well?
Rosehip oil is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids we need for our skin to thrive. “The oil is a really high quality that can effectively penetrate into the skin. It penetrates the layers and infuses them with hydration and nutrients. In turn it keeps the skin supple from hydration and more firm from the nutrients it delivers,” says Bonnie. Plus, the fatty acids promote tissue regeneration, as well as working to even texture and tone.
The benefits of rosehip oil
“Rosehip oil is great at nourishing the skin. It helps diminish scars and improves fine lines,” says Bonnie. The essential fatty acids found in rosehip oil promotes skin regeneration, which in turn, will help fade acne scaring and blur fine lines. The other positive to this form of skin regeneration is that it is completely natural. “I recommend it to people [with] skin sensitivity and those who want a 100% natural skin care routine that is also anti-ageing.”
As well as fading scarring, fine-lines and age spots, rosehip oil also has the properties needed to protect your skin from the free radicals that actually causes many signs of ageing, including dark spots and fine-lines. “[It] nourishes the skin and keeps it hydrated, keeping skin soft, supple and less prone to fine lines. It also means fine lines will appear softened,” says Bonnie
Additionally, the vitamin C and antioxidant content in rosehip oil stimulates collagen production. Collagen is what our skin loses when it begins to sag. Stimulating this production allows the skin to stay firmer and bouncier for longer.
How to apply rosehip oil and when to use it
As with most skin care products, it is best to store in the fridge or a cool, dark place, as many have active ingredients that react to light and air. Then “you just need a couple of drops on your hands, rub them together and lightly massage the oil into the skin. If you apply it straight after a shower, the steam will assist the oil in penetrating the skin,” says Bonnie. We suggest applying at nighttime, allowing half an hour for the oil to sink into your skin before following with a moisturiser.
5 of our favourite rosehip oils to try:
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Have you tried rosehip oil before? Have you seen any of these results?