When it comes to natural skincare, Rosehip Oil is unsurpassed. Here is the ultimate guide to Mother Nature's miracle beauty product.
Lisa McLean, Communications Manager for Rosehip PLUS, explains the benefits, top uses and widespread appeal of this miracle product.
What is rosehip oil?
Rosehip oil is extracted from the seeds of the amber berry-like fruit of the rosehip bush which can either grow wild or can be farmed. “It’s rich in essential fatty acids and high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals but best of all it’s sourced from nature,” explains Lisa. In its purest form, when cold-pressed and extracted without heat, solvents or chemicals, it also offers consumers a 100 per cent natural skin, hair and body care option, she adds.
Why is it so popular now?
It helps to have a celebrity following including Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton, but rosehip oil has been used for centuries for its potent skin regeneration properties. Aside from its famous following, its current popularity can be attributed to the beauty industry heading in the same direction as the food industry (and many other industries) by focusing on whole foods and natural therapies created without chemicals, explains Lisa. “This thinking is becoming more mainstream so as a result more brands are launching into the market with beauty products that are not made in a lab,” she explains. “People want to know they are using a product that is not just the latest fad but has been proven to work.”
1 of 4: Vanessa Megan Revitalizing Rosehip Face Oil, $29.95
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- Dehydrated complexions: Brimming with essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, rosehip oil instantly nourishes the complexion – both short and long term. To apply, place a drop in the palm of the hand and warm with the other hand. Pat – don’t rub – onto the face in sections (forehead, each cheek, chin, neck, décoletage) and wait at least five minutes for it to absorb prior to applying makeup.
- Forlorn feet: Cracked heels be-gone! Dab a little rosehip oil on cotton wool and press into heels. For extra benefits, drop some rosehip oil into the pads of a few bandaids and place on dry areas of heels before putting on socks and shoes. Voila! All day infusion!
- Wind-swept hair: If your locks have seen lusher days, simply place a few drops of rosehip oil into a bowl of warm water. With a warm towel around your shoulders, tip your hair over and submerge hair in water, massaging into the scalp and lengths of hair as you go. Wrap hair in towel and leave for 20 minutes before shampooing out.
- Set and style up-do’s: Forget the hairspray! Add one part rosehip oil to two parts water and pour into a spritzer. Style hair in a ponytail or bun as desired and spritz the area to smooth and secure. Then run your palm over the area to set.
- Body buffing: Before you get into the bath, apply a generous amount of rosehip oil to the torso and limbs. Wait two minutes and submerge your body in the water. Work a loofah in long, strong motions from the feet upwards towards the heart, repeating the same movements on the arms and torso (always brushing upwards.) Pat the skin dry – retaining some of the oil and moisture – and add a few drops of rosehip oil to a Sorbolene-based cream. Apply liberally and don a robe for 10 minutes while oil settles in the skin.
- Brittle, bitten nails: If your nail beds are sensitive and dehydrated, rub a thumb sized amount of rosehip oil around cuticles twice a day. It will only take a few applications before they are in full health again.
- The scourge of scars: It has been scientifically proven that the astringent properties within rosehip oil can help speed up the healing process of skin around scars.
- Closer shave: Perfect for men too, rosehip oil applied to the face five minutes before shaving will ensure a closer shave and less chance of nicks.
- There are four types of rosehip oil – but not all are pure, 100 per cent natural and Certified Organic. The four types are Cold Pressed Organic Certified, Cold Pressed, Organic Deodorised and Refined (the latter of which is when chemicals are used during extraction).
- Rosehip oil must be stored below 20 degrees celsius, however it is not necessary to keep it in the refrigerator.
- Rosehip oil is packaged in dark amber coloured glass bottles so that UV rays don’t react with the oil, which can result in the oil losing its vital potency.
- Cold pressed rosehip oil is a naturally dark colour. If there is no colour it has been extracted using chemicals.
- Too much carotene as a result of flesh of the flower not being removed during extraction can result in oil that will stain the skin.