My beauty routine has changed a lot over the years. I don’t know about you, but I find after a period of time using the same products on my skin, my skin turns a little dull… It’s like my skin is bored. It’s gotten all too used to the current regime, and needs to be shaken up a little.
I blame this on the seasons, I blame it on my hormones, and sometimes I blame it on my age. But one thing is for sure, no matter how much I swap and change my products about there is always one thing that remains as my staple – and that is Rosehip Oil.
Rosehip Oil is my never fail, multi use little magical potion that works wonders for men and women of any age. I started seeing the wonders of Rosehip Oil after a 2 year stint working as the practice nurse in a cosmetic surgery clinic in my mid 20’s. After learning about and treating such a myriad of skin conditions during my time in this role, there was always one product that I would swear by – Rosehip Oil. Aside from surgery, or quite costly and timely non-surgical cosmetic procedures, Rosehip Oil was the one do-it-yourself treatment that would get quality results with just about any condition our clients could throw at us.
Originating in Chile, and made from the actual berry-like (fruit) bud that gets left behind after the petals fall from the Wild Rose Bush; Rosehip Oil is an organic product that is rich in essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6, and 9), as well as powerful antioxidants.
So what can Rosehip Oil do?
Quite simply, with regular use Rosehip Oil makes your skin just glow – like a well hydrated dew-drop.
- It helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
- It hydrates and moisturises the skin.
- It helps even up skin tone, and keeps it firm.
- It is particularly good at lightening and fading stretch marks, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, burns caused by laser marks, and some scarring.
- It helps heal sun burn and sun damage by encouraging skin cell regeneration and repair.
- Rosehip Oil helps balance oily or combination skins, and reduces any greasiness.
How does it actually work?
As mentioned earlier, Rosehip Oil is jam-packed full of powerful, organic goodness, including:
Linolenic Acid – known as Omega 3, which is a fatty acid required for the proper structure of our skin cell membranes, and helps provide essential moisture to the skin.
Linoleic Acid – known as Omega 6, which is an essential fatty acid that helps provide a natural barrier to external environmental damage.
Oleic Acid – which is known as Omega 9, a fatty acid that helps repair damage to the tissues, and then regenerate the damaged skin – improving the overall skin condition.
Then we get the bonus of Rosehip Oil being one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C available, plus also a natural source of Vitamin A – both being antioxidants that can neutralise or inhibit the destruction caused by many of the free radicals that can harm our skin cells, simply as a result of modern living. Vitamin A is also listed as probably the most important ingredient when it comes to anti aging – and yet it occurs in Rosehip Oil naturally.
And the best way to use it?
Rosehip Oil is absorbed more effectively on damp skin, so I suggest using a gorgeous face spray such as Secret Scent Aromatherapy’s Rose Water and Cucumber Facial Spritz. This can also help with balancing combination skin such as an oily T-zone.
Once your face has been spritzed and hydrated, place a drop of Rosehip oil on the fingertip pads of your pointer, middle and ring fingers (less than 0.5ml total). Touch your fingertips together, and then lightly dab the oil to the face starting on the forehead then working down to the sides of the eyes, under the eyes and across the nose, down the cheeks, sides of mouth, chin, and finally smoothing to the neck.
When the skin is damp the oil will blend and absorb in a more even fashion, which is why a little bit can go quite a long way. Rosehip Oil is a great alternative to many facial serums, and a much more cost effective option too – which is always a plus – so it makes sense to use it in the same way.
After the spritz and oil combo has absorbed a little (which is probably less than about 30 seconds), you can apply your favourite day cream – I just can’t go past Secret Scent’s Facial Cream featuring a little blend of Neroli, Sandalwood and Lavender. With just the right amount of hydration for the day it creates a soft and supple base for my make up.
Or for ultra hydration, do this as a night-time ritual also using Secret Scent’s Ginseng Night Repair Cream. Which is a highly concentrated intensive moisturiser that is enriched with even a little more Rosehip Oil in its base – giving you the added benefits of cell repair and renewal while you sleep.
The benefits of this wonderful oil just don’t end at the face either. It helps with healing body scars, minor cuts, it strengthens fingernails, and it can help nourish your hair – but that’s a whole other story.
For now, I’m just obsessed with the facial benefits it provides – which is why I go to the extent of saying again and again, that Rosehip Oil simply is the worlds best beauty product.