Ever wondered why rosehip oil is such a staple in celebrity skincare routines? Holding its own alongside eye-wateringly pricey serums, rosehip oil is a firm favourite for both its versatility and results. Oh, and it also comes at a way more purse-friendly price tag.
One of the few oils that offers as many benefits to oily skin as it does to dry, rosehip is used for everything from hyperpigmentation to breakouts.
Here’s 5 things you need to know about this supercharged oil.
1. It’s liquid gold
This humble hedgerow shrub is a vitamin powerhouse. Rosehip oil gets its iconic golden hue from beta-carotene. The same compound that makes carrots orange, beta-carotene converts into vitamin A; a skincare allrounder that helps to boost healing processes and improve skin clarity and texture.
Vitamin E brings anti-inflammatory benefits, while vitamin C counteracts the effects of too much sun exposure, kicking collagen production up a notch to keep skin firmer for longer.
2. Retinol without redness
While rosehip oil doesn’t contain retinol, it does have traces of transretinoic acid (aka tretinoin); a compound that speeds up cell turnover and is used in high concentrations to treat acne.
At lower levels, transretinoic acid has been shown to target signs of ageing. Studies on rosehip oil back this up, showing improvements to the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage – benefits you might expect from conventional retinol.
For sensitive skin types that find retinol too irritating, rosehip oil can target similar concerns in a gentler way.
3. Tackles spots (and scars)
Rosehip oil may not seem like an obvious choice as an acne treatment, but it can target both active breakouts, and the marks they leave behind, without over-drying or irritating the skin.
Rosehip is rich in anti-inflammatory linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid shown to help treat acne. Coupled with exceptional healing powers, rosehip oil can help to banish breakouts while minimising scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Helping to prevent further breakouts, rosehip oil also boosts the skin’s natural barrier function. Our SkinHit Nourishing Oil blends rosehip with another acne-friendly oil, hemp seed oil, to help lock in moisture and keep spot-causing bacteria out.
4. Instant comfort for sensitive skin
Skin in meltdown? The combination of omegas 3, 6 and 9, plus vitamin E can help calm flare ups of sensitivity and irritation.
As it’s naturally fragrance free and readily absorbed by the skin, rosehip can be used as much as you like without adding fuel to the fire.
5. There’s almost endless ways to use it
Not only is rosehip useful for almost every skin concern and type, there are almost endless ways to use it, too.
Mix a few drops into your moisturiser for a nourishing boost in winter, use as part of your facial massage routine, slather it on as an overnight treatment, run a few drops through the ends of your hair, or massage into dry cuticles.
Rosehip is also considered a ‘dry oil’, meaning it’s light enough to use under makeup without causing foundation to separate or slide.