You’ve probably heard that rosehips are a rich source of Vitamin C, but did you also know that rosehip oil can nourish and protect your skin? Do you dread looking in the mirror because you may see another faint wrinkle or an age spot?
How can Mother Nature turn back the clock a bit to improve the appearance of fine lines and crepey areas of skin?
A Rose by Any Other Name
Perhaps no flower in history has enjoyed more reverence and recognition than the rose. In almost all cultures, the rose has symbolized beauty and love. It’s been the subject of countless poems, prose, and artwork throughout the ages.
This undisputed goddess of the garden has also been prized for its intoxicating scent that is instantly recognizable. Since ancient times, apothecaries used rose petals and their fragrant oils to produce heavenly perfumes for royalty. Thousands of years before humans knew about vitamins, early physicians touted rose oil, hips, and infused water for various ailments and disorders.
In addition to its iconic beauty, cosmetic use, and medicinal qualities, cultures worldwide have valued the rose as a culinary staple. Numerous ancient recipes call for infused rose water tea, baked goods, and sweets. Rose petals and rose water remain a beloved staple in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Love Your Skin
Did you know that your skin is an organ just like your heart, lungs, and brain? It’s the largest organ of your body since it covers you front to back and from head to toe. Your skin protects your inner organs and produces sweat to keep your body cool.
Your skin is an intricate organ filled with blood vessels, hair follicles, and specialized cells for pigmentation.
Unlike the essential oil derived from rose petals, rosehip oil comes from the edible seed pod of the flower. If you grow roses in your garden, you’ll notice a bulbous pod left after a spent bloom has dropped its petals. It’s also known as rose haw, and it is usually a bright red or orange color.
For centuries, global cultures such as the Chinese and Native Americans have harvested rosehips and eaten them raw, dried, or recipes. They have a delightfully tangy flavor like a citrus fruit. No wonder they share these similarities because rose haws are also bursting with Vitamin C and antioxidants.
How Is Rosehip Oil Made?
Since ancient times, rose haw oil was extracted by drying the pods and removing the oil from the seeds. Today, the process has been mechanized for commercial supply. The basic cold-press concept is still the same.
If you’ve seen rose haw oil in the health food store, you will probably notice it has a lovely gold, reddish hue. The color of pure rose haw oil will vary slightly because of the difference in beta-carotene and other essential fatty acids in each crop. The refined oil is bottled as it’s without further processing.
You can also purchase refined rose haw oil whose color and scent have been altered to produce a light golden oil with a gentle verdant scent. Whether you buy pure or unadulterated rose oil, neither has the essence of the flower’s petals so that they won’t smell like roses. It takes thousands of roses to make one ounce of pure oil, so it tends to be quite pricey.
How Can Rosehip Oil Help Your Skin?
Because this essential oil is light and almost unscented, it is an ideal carrier oil, like sweet almond or coconut. You will often see it as a primary ingredient in skincare products like creams, soaps, and anti-aging serums. Mix it with any of your favorite essential oils or use it directly on your skin.
Do you want to minimize the look of your fine lines and crepey like skin? Why not discover how rose haw oil can benefit you. Here are ten easy ways to use this quintessential oil in your beauty routine.
1. Rose Haw Oil Exfoliating Scrub
Each day, your skin sheds thousands of dead skin cells that fall or are rubbed off your body. If you let them build up, they can make your skin appear dry, dull, and lifeless. Exfoliation gently scrubs away the dead skin, leaving a bright and youthful complexion.
What You Need:
- 1 Tsp. sugar
- 10 Drops rosehip oil
- 2-3 Drops essential oil, like lavender or tea tree
Mix the sugar and oils in a small container. Use your fingertips to apply the scrub and gently rub it in a circular motion. Rinse the scrub off with cold water and pat your skin dry with a towel.
2. Rosy Moisturizer
Instead of paying hefty prices for commercial moisturizers, why not make your own? Use rose haw oil as a carrier oil and choose an essential oil that’s an ideal moisturizer, such as evening primrose or sea buckthorn oil. Use twice a day to make your dry skin soft and supple. Well-moisturized skin helps minimize the look of crepy lines or wrinkles.
What You Need:
- 1 oz. amber glass bottle with dropper
- Enough rose haw oil to fill the bottle ¾ full
- 10 Drops moisturizing essential oil of your choice
- 3 drops essential oil for scent, such as lavender or lemon
Mix all the ingredients in the amber bottle, and use a couple of drops to rub onto clean skin in the morning and the evenings.
3. Rose Oil Spritzer
Does your skin feel dry and parched when the weather is hot? Your skin needs hydration to ward off premature lines and wrinkles. Carry this handy spritzer in your purse and use it whenever you need a cool burst of nourishment and hydration.
What You Need:
- A small spray bottle, opaque is best
- Filtered water
- Five drops rosehip oil
- 2 Drops essential peppermint or lemon balm oil
Add all the ingredients to the bottle and shake well. Spray on your face and skin as needed.
4. Rose Blend for Oily Skin
Are you still plagued with acne breakouts even though your teenage years are long past? If your skin tends to be oily, then you are prone to blemishes. Rose haw oil can soothe and heal acne patches and make your skin look healthier and younger.
What You Need:
- One ounce amber glass bottle with dropper
- 1 Tsp. rose haw oil
- 1 Tbsp. sweet almond oil
- Three drops each of lavender, tea tree, and frankincense essential oil
Mix all ingredients in the bottle and shake well. After you have washed your face, apply three drops of this blend to your fingertips and massage it gently into your skin.
5. Special Blend for Sensitive Skin
It’s often challenging to find moisturizers and anti-aging creams without ingredients that irritate sensitive skin. Do you have delicate skin that needs help? Try this soothing oil treatment.
What You Need:
- 1-ounce amber glass bottle with dropper
- 5 Tbsp. jojoba oil
- 3 Drops rose haw oil
- 3 Drops patchouli or geranium essential oil
Add three drops of oil to your fingertips and massage into your skin after a regular cleansing routine.
6. Gentle Makeup Remover
You may wear makeup to look younger, but you can damage your skin if it isn’t removed correctly. Plus, makeup can clog your pores and cause blemishes. This natural option will gently remove your makeup as it hydrates your skin.
All you need is a few drops of pure rose haw oil on a cotton ball. Use it to wipe away makeup, lipstick, and eye makeup gently. Your face will feel cool and refreshed.
7. Rosehip Oil Scalp Treatment
Your scalp is an often-ignored section of skin that needs nourishment if you want lovely and healthy hair. This treatment can fight dandruff and help repair damaged or split ends. Beautiful hair makes you look younger.
What You Need:
- A small microwavable bowl
- 1/8 C. pure coconut oil
- 5 Drops rose haw oil
Add oils to the bowl and heat in the microwave for one minute. Massage warm oil into clean hair and scalp for at least ten minutes. Brush and style your hair as usual.
8. Bye, Bye Blemishes
Another problem that makes your complexion appear older is dark spots caused by sun damage, aging, or pregnancy. Massage undiluted rosehip oil into these spots to fade them and make them less noticeable. You can also mix in a couple of drops of Vitamin E to massage into unsightly stretch marks.
What You Need:
- A small bottle of rose haw oil
- 2-3 drops Vitamin E
- 2-3 drops of either Tea oil or lemon essential oil
Use the rose haw oil plain or add the other ingredients to rub into blemishes and stretch marks once or twice a day.
9. Minimize Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
When you are overworked and undernourished, your eyes tell on you. Rosehip oil can treat dark circles under your eyes that make you appear old and worn. Just be careful not to get it into your eyes.
Place 2-3 drops of rose haw oil on your fingertips and gently massage around your eyes, especially underneath the dark circles.
10. Nourish Your Lips
Have you noticed thin lines and wrinkles around your lips? Rejuvenate your pucker with a couple of drops of rose haw oil. Add a drop of essential peppermint oil to cool and hydrate your lips.
Keep those wrinkles at bay and your skin tone refined for a long as you can by using these natural beauty hacks. You can grow older gracefully, but you needn’t let the process show. Treat your skin to rosehip oil for a natural and healthy glow you will love. Your face won’t tell your age, so why should you?