7 Rosehip Oil Benefits for Healthy Skin

Use rosehip oil for face care and sun protection.

Rosehip seed oil has many benefits.

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Many people are into essential oils and the benefits of jojoba, coconut oil, and a host of others are well known. But you may not have heard of rosehip oil otherwise known as rosehip seed oil. This beneficial oil is not from roses, it is pressed from the seeds of the wild rosehip fruit.

Grown in Chile, rosehips were originally used by the Mayans and other indigenous people of the Americas for its healing properties according to Women’s Health magazine. That’s because it is packed full of skin nourishing vitamins, essential fatty acids, and phenols. Check out these seven ways you can benefit from adding rosehip oil to your skin care regimen:

Hydrates and Moisturizes
This is really important especially during the cold weather months when your skin tends to dry out. Rosehip oil contains essential acids like linoleic and linolenic to help keep your skin hydrated according to Healthline and it works very well to calm dry itchy skin. Since rosehip oil is not greasy, it makes an excellent moisturizer for all skin types.

Helps to Brighten Skin
Rosehip oil is a natural exfoliant that can leave you with glowing healthy skin. That’s because of the amount of vitamins A (retinal)and C it contains. These vitamins encourage skin cell turnover to replace dead skin cells with healthy new ones.

Protects Against Sun Damage
A lifetime of exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin and can interfere with your body’s ability to produce collagen according to Healthline. The vitamins in rosehip seed oil can help combat visible sun damage from photoaging according to a study published in Korea Science. While rosehip oil could be used to reduce the effects of UV exposure, do not use it instead of sunscreen.

Promotes Healing and Reduces Scars
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in rosehip oil helps to prevent or minimalize scarring if you begin using it during the healing process according to the Kosmea Australia website. That’s because the oil promotes skin regeneration and hydrations. A study published in the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications treated participants with post-surgical scars twice a day with rosehip oil. After 12 weeks of use, the group that used the oil showed significant improvements in scar color and inflammation.

Can Help Reduce skin Pigmentation
Rosehip oil benefits also include helping with hyperpigmentation. This condition can occur when excess melanin forms dark spots or patches on your skin according to Women’s Health. This is due to hormonal changes from pregnancy or menopause, sun exposure or by the use of some medications. Retinoids, found in rosehip, are known to reduce hyperpigmentation. And, the lycopene and beta carotene found in rosehip seed oil have skin lightening properties.

Helps Fight Acne
Retinoids also reduce follicular plugging and blackheads. The anti-inflammatory properties of using rosehip oil also help to calm redness and reduce cysts. And the best part, it will help improve any acne scars you already have.

Aids in Boosting Collagen Formation
Healthline calls collagen the building block of skin because it is essential for your skin’s elasticity and firmness. But your body makes less collagen as you age. Rosehip contains the vitamins that your body needs for the production of collagen. A 2015 study evaluated the effects of rosehip powder on skin wrinkling and aging and found that rosehip inhibited the creation of an enzyme that breaks down collagen. it’s no wonder that this oil is found in so many natural skin care products.

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