The golden rosehip oil is having a moment in skin care these days, and for a good reason. This gorgeous oil comes from a romantic source, and it has a unique composition that is extremely rare in other botanical oils. This unique composition makes rosehip oil one of the best oils for anti-aging, hyperpigmentation, and scarring, while its non-comedogenic fatty acid profile makes it a great oil for those with acne-prone skin.
In this article, I will list the very best rosehip oil skin care products. I’ll also make sure to give you the lowdown on why it is so great for the skin, and what the specific rosehip oil benefits are. I will alleviate all of your concerns about potential side effects, and I’ll finish off by explaining exactly how to get the most out of your rosehip oil skin care.
Rosehip Oil Benefits for Skin and Best Products: Contents
• 19 Rosehip Oil Skin Products to Try
• What Is Rosehip Oil and How Does It Work?
• Rosehip Oil Benefits for Skin
• Are There Any Side Effects of Using Rosehip Oil?
• How to Use Rosehip Oil in Skin Care?
1. Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir – 24k Gold Infused Beauty Oil
This moisturizing oil has already obtained cult status. This luxurious product can be used instead of a moisturizer, or in addition to one, and it is recommended for all skin types. It contains rosehip oil as its main ingredient, but there are also safflower and pumpkin oils in the mix. You can buy it from Sephora.
2. Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
If you want the best of the best when it comes to rosehip oil, consider buying Pai’s little container of it. Pai’s rosehip oil is CO2 extracted, so you know it has the maximum amount of antioxidants and the best fatty acid profile. It has a longer shelf life than rosehip oils you could buy at the health food store because it is reinforced with vitamin E. You can use it alone or mixed with other skin care products. It is available for sale at Nordstrom.
3. Derma E Illuminating Rosehip & Cranberry Face Oil
This light face oil is skin-rejuvenating and hydrating, and yet it works for most skin types. Its main oil is sunflower oil, but it also contains rosehip oil, cranberry oil, and coconut oil. Order it online from Dermstore!
4. Julep Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil
This is another one of those face oils that are made almost exclusively of rosehip oil. It also contains a touch of shea butter esters and a drop of bergamot fragrance, but that’s just for cosmetic elegance. You can use it no matter your skin type. Buy it from Ulta!
5. Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil
If you like a greater blend of oils, then this one is for you. Made for those with normal, combination, and dry skin, this oil blend contains a lot of rosehip oil as well as jojoba and morinda. It smells absolutely beautiful, and keeps the skin youthful and moisturized. Pick it up at Sephora!
6. Casa Selva Botanicals Argan & Rosehip Facial Elixir
Perfect for those with dry skin, this argan oil-based elixir really moisturizes and softens the skin. It also contains jojoba, evening primrose, and rosehip oil, for a light yet nourishing texture. It also has some skin-soothing properties. It is sold at Nordstrom.
7. OleHenriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil
This rosehip oil has a really citrusy and invigorating fragrance, but beyond that, it’s all about the magic of the golden oil. It sinks into the skin quickly and delivers wonderful smoothing, brightening and anti-aging properties. You can buy it from Sephora.
8. Eminence Organic Skin Care Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil
This oil from Eminence is actually closer to being a proper serum, since it contains a host of soothing plant extracts, as well as vitamin C for that active brightening power. It’s a great choice for all skin types, including mature and acne-prone skin. It is available for purchase online through Dermstore.
9. Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil
This is one of the heavier rosehip oil-based face oils. It also contains olive and apricot oils, which contain a lot of nourishing oleic acid. It is a soothing formula with lots of extracts, great for sensitive skin. Buy it online from Sephora!
10. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask
Moving away from face oils, this is a clay mask with rosehip oil. It is great for those with oily and combination skin, since it helps to mattify the skin without dehydrating it. It contains a lot of skin-brightening ingredients to help with dullness and hyperpigmentation. Pick it up from Nordstrom!
11. Pixi by Petra Rose Oil Blend
This deeply moisturizing blend will make you feel like a goddess. It contains almond oil and jojoba oil along with rosehip oil, so it is very rich and is definitely ideal for normal to dry skin. The fragrance of rose and geranium is positively intoxicating. It is sold online via Dermstore.
12. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
This is simply just pure rosehip oil, with no fuss or additives. You can use it alone, or add it to all sorts of skin care blends. Keep in mind that it has a shorter shelf life than rosehip oils fortified with vitamin E. Buy it from Ulta!
13. RMS Beauty Beauty Oil
This unique oil blend is actually an infusion. All manner of skin-soothing and age-defying herbs were infused in a combination of jojoba and rosehip oil, to create a powerful face oil for normal and dry skin. Order it online from Dermstore!
14. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil
This rose-scented face oil has a lovely texture and a gorgeously illuminating and moisturizing effect on the skin. It is great for all skin types, as it includes light oils like sunflower and safflower, as well as squalane and rosehip oil. Pick it up from Sephora!
15. Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Clarifier Pore & Oil Control
This is an oil for acne-prone skin, since it is made to increase cell turnover and clarify the pores. It includes salicylic acid for chemical exfoliation, and rosehip oil for healing effects. Get it at Nordstrom!
16. Ilike Organic Skin Care Rosehip Exfoliator
This vitamin-infused facial exfoliator is almost like a peel, with rosehip oil to nourish and moisturize, lactic acid to exfoliate, and honey to hydrate. It can work for all skin types, for a quick and easy masking. Order a bottle at Dermstore!
17. REN Clean Skincare Rose O12 Moisture Defence Oil
Rosehip oil is just one out of 12 fabulous oils in this all-natural formulation. It’s an oil blend meant to look in moisture, so it is best to use after moisturizing. The particular mix of oils includes jojoba and rice bran, so it works best for normal, and dry skin types. Buy it from Sephora!
18. Lancôme Crème Mousse Confort Creamy Foaming Cleanser
This super gentle cleanser is the perfect choice for those with dry or sensitive skin. It melts away all traces of makeup and rinses away easily in water. The formula contains the healing touch of rosehip oil, to give extra nourishment to the skin. Get it at Nordstrom!
19. Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream with Echinacea GreenEnvy
This robust eye cream moisturizes the sensitive eye area, and helps to ward away all signs of premature aging. It is a formula loaded with natural extracts that soothe the skin, and also contains a touch of rosehip. It is available for sale at Sephora.
Rosehip oil is the oil derived from the seeds of the hip of a certain type of wild rose. The rosehip plant is called rosa rubiginosa, and it is in the rose family. It grows wild in many parts of the world, especially in Eastern Europe, South America, and Central Asia.
It can be extracted in two different ways: rosehip oil can be cold pressed from the seeds, or it can be extracted through a CO2 extraction. While we usually prefer cold pressed oils, rosehip seed oil is actually too volatile, so even the cold pressing is too harsh of an extraction method for it.
During the cold pressing process a large percentage of the components in the rosehip oil oxidize, so it ends up having a shorter shelf life and a smaller quantity of antioxidants. CO2 extraction is a much gentler process in which the rosehip seeds are blasted with carbon dioxide, which expels out the oil.
Rosehip oil is primarily made up of gamma-linolenic acid, a fatty acid with robust anti-inflammatory capabilities that is also considered non-comedogenic. It also contains some linoleic acid, another non-comedogenic fatty acid, and a bit of oleic acid, which is known for its moisturizing capabilities.
Rosehip oil also contains quite a bit of beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that has powerful antioxidant properties that can prevent the free radical damage that causes premature aging.
Lastly, rosehip oil contains just a touch of tretinoin, another form of vitamin A. While it is a very small percentage, tretinoin is a powerful enough ingredient that it still has a considerable impact on the skin.
Tretinoin is a skin resurfacer that promotes the shedding of dead skin cells from the skin, and also helps speed up cell renewal. Because of it, rosehip oil is especially great for reducing the look of scarring and hyperpigmentation in the skin.
• First and foremost, rosehip oil, like any skin care oil, has moisturizing and emollient properties. The oil helps to fill in the gaps between the dead skin cells, making the skin feel softer and smoother, and it also helps prevent moisture evaporation, which will help keep the skin hydrated and supple.
• Rosehip oil contains both gamma-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, two fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties, which means they help soothe the skin and minimize redness and swelling caused by sensitivity or acne.
• Becuase of both the antioxidant and skin-resurfacing properties of rosehip oil, it helps prevent all kinds of premature aging signs, including fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
• Rosehip oil is said to have healing properties. This might be because it helps to protect wounded or broken skin, or because its antioxidant properties speed up healing.
• Because of the tretinoin in the rosehip oil, it is a skin resurfactive oil that minimizes scarring and reduces hyperpigmentation in the skin.
• Because of its non-comedogenic and anti-inflammatory properties, rosehip oil works well with acne. It helps to reduce its size and prevent its recurrence.
When used reasonably and sanely by a person who does not have allergies to rosehip oil, there are no side effects that are worth worrying about. If you are concerned that you might be allergic to rosehip oil, make sure to test it on a small patch of skin before applying it all over your face. If no allergic reaction occurs, you probably do not have to worry.
Rosehip oil can pose risk if it is consumed, so keep it away from children and pets. Consuming rosehip oil can lead to nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain, and it can also interact badly with other drugs one might be taking.
If you are going to be using a traditional skin care product that contains rosehip oil, simply use it as instructed. You will see rosehip oil appear in products like oil cleansers, serums, masks, and moisturizers, which you should simply use as you would any other one of those products.
You can also use straight rosehip oil in your skin care routine, in any of the following ways:
• You can add rosehip oil to a few other, cheaper oils with a more greasier texture, to make for a skin-soothing oil cleanser. You can blend it with sunflower oil if you have oily or acne-prone skin, or you can mix it with coconut oil if you have dry, sensitive skin.
You can either apply these oil cleansers to the skin, let them break down makeup and impurities, and then wipe them off with a cloth, or you can add some sort of emulsifier to make an oil cleanser that can be rinsed off the skin with water.
• You can apply rosehip oil to your skin alone after it has been cleansed or toned as a mositurizer, you can apply it instead of a moisturizer after applying serums, or you can use it after your moisturizer as a final nourishing layer.
• You can mix a few drops of rosehip oil into your moisturizer or serum, to give it a slightly heavier texture and to enjoy rosehip oil’s benefits to the skin.
• Lastly, you can use a few drops of rosehip oil to boost a homemade or store-bought skin care mask. If you have oily skin, mix rosehip oil into a blend of kaolin clay, water, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil. If you have dry or sensitive skin, add a drop or two of rosehip oil to a mask of ground oatmeal, yogurt, and honey.
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