What is Rosehip Oil?
First of all, let’s not get rosehip oil mixed up with rose essential oil. Rose essential oil is derived from rose petals, while rosehip oil (also called rosehip seed oil) is derived from the seeds of the rosehip fruit as you see in the image above. I’ve noticed people often get confused with essential oils and seed oils, mistaking one for the other. The significant difference is primarily the extraction method and the end result.
Essential oils are extracted through a distillation process performed using a variety of different plant parts, ranging from flowers, trees, grasses, leaves and even the roots of plants. It all depends on which plant is being distilled and where its volatile compounds are found. Essential oils aren’t as greasy to the touch and don’t go rancid like seed oils can, because they do not contain any fat. Even though they don’t go rancid, they can still oxidize and lose potency and aroma over time.
Seed oils, on the other hand, are extracted from the plants seeds, commonly the seed found inside the fruit. The best process for extracting the oil from the seed, while keeping it at its purest state and protecting it from oxidation, is called cold-pressing. Heat can cause oils to lose their therapeutic properties and can even render them harmful. Seed oils are greasier and oilier than essential oils and they don’t evaporate like essential oils do. They also aren’t as fragrant as essential oils.
Where does rosehip oil come from?
Why has rosehip oil become the rage for healthy, youthful skin?
- Rosehip is classified as a dry oil, which means it absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving an oily residue.
- It is one of our richest plant sources of vitamin C which is a key antioxidant for fighting free radicals and stimulating collagen production.
- Rosehips are extremely rich in vitamin A made up of several compounds, including retinoids, beta carotene, and lycopene.
- The combination of these three compounds are known for their ability to reduce hyper-pigmentation aka dark spots and other visible signs of aging, protect the skin, and increase cell renewal.
- To top it all off, rosehip oil is very rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) which play a huge role in our skin’s cellular membrane and tissue regeneration, reducing scarring and fine lines.
When and how should I use rosehip oil?
- You can use it solo as your daily moisturizer.
- Use it as a serum on your specific areas of concern underneath your moisturizer.
- Apply at night only, as your nightly moisturizer.
- And my favourite is adding a few drops with your moisturizer for extra nourishment and skin boosting benefits!
Don’t forget rosehip oil applies beautifully to any specific areas of concern from head-to-toe. Use sparingly.