Rosehip is a wild shrub that grows mainly in Europe, Africa and America, especially in the region of Chile and Argentina. The oil is harvested from the seed of the plant and it is packed with free radicals, vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that do wonders for the beauty of our skin. It has a high content of linoleic acid, tocopherol and carotenes.
What is Rosehip oil used for?
The ordinary, organic, cold-pressed rosehip oil has many benefits so we recommend including it in your beauty routine. It is very effective for skin hydration due to its high levels of essential fatty acids, especially omega 3 and omega 6.
It is also one of the excellent beauty products for people with oily skin, since it is considered as an ideal pure oil to fight acne. Its high concentration of linoleic acid is particularly beneficial for those who suffer from pimples and blackheads. In addition, it is also used to treat hyperpigmentation or blemishes.
Rosehip for scars
Because this oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are an integral part of ordinary tissue and cell regeneration, it is often used as an organic remedy to help heal wounds, as well as to reduce scars, wrinkles and expression lines.
Several experts have confirmed these benefits. In a study at The University of Barcelona, two groups of people participated, all with scars to measure this organs oil's effectiveness and review it. Patients in one group were treated twice daily with Rosehip oil.
After 12 weeks the group who applied Rosehip to their scars with a gentle massage experienced a significant improvement in the color and inflammation of their skin and wounds when compared to the group that did not use this ordinary, cold-pressed rosehip method.
Rosehip oil: properties and contraindications
Properties of rose hip oil
Rosehip is a great skin regenerator as it helps to eliminate spots, scars, and stretch marks. In addition to this it can also be consumed as a tea. Among the many benefits of organic rose hip we can take a view that the following are most worth highlighting:
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Helps lose weight.
- Prevents premature ageing.
- Improves heart health.
Vegetable oils were used by Mayans and Native Americans for their healing and beauty properties, and rosehip cream is no exception as it has more vitamin C than an orange or lemon.
We are already aware that this vitamin has many benefits, but did you know that it can help reduce the damage ultraviolet light causes by it's free radicals? It also assists in the production of collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles and apart from that helps to heal wounds and prevent dry skin.
Due to its healing properties, cold-pressed rosehip is also used as a body oil in beauty treatments such as aromatherapy to reduce blood pressure and respiratory rate, helping people to be calmer, more relaxed and free them up.
Cold-pressed Rose hip can be used twice a day in beauty treatments, in the morning and at night. The most common way to use it in skincare is to apply it directly. Be sure to store it in a cool, dark place free from too much light to avoid it loosing it’s natural organic healing properties.
Although rose hip is essential for skincare and beauty, it can also have side effects, as other products may, though they are rare. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to the product. Symptoms may include:
- Rashes or hives.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Itchy and watery eyes.
- Chest pain.
To prevent the risk of an allergic reaction, do a skin test review before using it. Start by applying the cream to your wrist, elbow, or jaw. Then cover the area and leave it on the skin for 24 hours. If there are no rashes, then you should be able to use the oil without any issues. If you experience any irritation, simply wash the affected area and avoid using the oil again. If the reaction is severe, please seek medical advice from you doctor.
This body oil should not be used by children, pregnant or lactating women or on a baby. A doctor's authorisation is recommended before using it if you suffer from any of the following problems, since the vitamin C it contains can aggravate them:
- Kidney stones
Another factor to be aware of is that rose hip can increase the risk of bleeding. If undertaking any surgery it is advised to stop use two weeks before hand or if you take medicine for blood clots. Please always discuss and review any new products with a qualified medical professional if you have any doubts.