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July 10, 2020 6 min read

Rosehip Oil is generally regarded as one of the best natural products for rejuvenating and supporting healthy skin. Rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids, it is used to treat a whole host of skin concerns from dryness and inflammation, to sun damage and signs of ageing.

The naturally occurring oil is extracted from the seeds of Rosehips, the orangey-red coloured pods found on wild rose bushes. It is done so using a traditional cold-press method, designed to carefully preserve its nutritional value. Rose bushes grow all over the world, however, the best quality Rosehips come from those growing wild in the mountainous regions of Siberia.

While there’s currently a lot of hype (and rightly so) around Rosehip Oil for skin, you may be interested to hear that Rosehip Oil uses date back to Ancient Times. Yes, everyone from the Egyptians, Romans, Mayans and Native Americans were using Rosehip seed oil for its natural healing powers!

But what exactly gives it this super skincare status? Join us, as we reveal its outstanding nutritional content and uncover the key Rosehip Oil benefits for skin…

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What’s in Rosehip Oil?

 It’s no surprise there are so many benefits of Rosehip Oil for skin concerns when you learn what’s inside.

Rosehip Oil is rich in several important minerals, packed full of antioxidants and contains the following vitamins and essential fatty acids:

Vitamin A (Retinol) -Encourages skin cell turnover

Vitamin C -Crucial to the production of collagen, supporting skin cell regeneration and boosting overall radiance

Oleic Acid -An Omega-9 fatty acid that supports cellular health and may enhance cognitive brain function

Palmitic Acid -Acts as an emollient to soften the skin

Linoleic Acid -An essential fatty acid that supports cell membranes and can help to regulate immune function, treat inflammation and maintain a healthy blood pressure

Gamma-linoleic Acid -Stimulates healthy skin growth

Vitamin E -A powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, effective in reducing UV damage

 

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8 Rosehip Oil for Skin Benefits 

1. Hydrates dry and cracked skin

Lack of hydration can be caused by several factors, most commonly,  extreme weather and skin ageing. It can make the skin feel tight and itchy and in some cases cause it to dry out and crack.

The good news is that cold-pressed Rosehip Oil is a real hydration booster! Loaded with a wealth of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid, it helps to keep the skin cell walls strong, so they don’t lose water.

The oil absorbs into the skin very easily, allowing it to penetrate the lower levels of the epidermis for more dramatic and longer-lasting results.

2. Boasts natural moisturising properties

Daily moisturising is essential for locking in the skin’s natural hydration and any added oils from skincare products.

Rosehip Oil is a natural moisturiser that can be applied topically to the skin. Unlike other skin oils, it has a dry, non-greasy texture, making it a suitable moisturiser for all skin types.

3. Exfoliates and brightens the skin

As we mentioned earlier, Rosehip Oil contains vitamin A and vitamin C, both vital in the process of skin cell turnover and cell regeneration. Exfoliating with Rosehip Oil can, therefore, help to shed dead skin cells, reduce dullness and create a radiant, glowing complexion.

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4. Boosts Collagen and prevents wrinkles

Collagen is crucial to the foundation of our skin - it’s what gives it its elasticity and firmness. Unfortunately, as you get older, the amount of collagen your body produces gets lower and lower, hence why skin tends to sag and lose its firmness.

Today, there are all-sorts of skincare products for anti-ageing but something as simple as a few drops of Rosehip Oil may be all you need to boost the production of collagen in your body.

You see, collagen needs both vitamin A and C to form, and Rosehip Oil has plenty. Studies have also found that Rosehip can inhibit the creation of MMP-1 in the body - an enzyme that is known to breakdown collagen.

As well as boosting collagen production, Rosehip Oil can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and ward off signs of premature ageing. Oleic Acid and Linoleic Acid (the fatty acids and antioxidants found in Rosehip Oil) are integral to skin cell and tissue regeneration and, therefore, help you to maintain a more youthful appearance overall.

5. Reduces inflammation

Rosehip oil contains both anthocyanin and polyphenols, which may help reduce inflammation. It is also loaded with vitamin E, known to have anti-inflammatory effects.

With these strong anti-inflammatories, Rosehip Oil can be effective in reducing the symptoms of several skin conditions including Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema and Dermatitis.

6. Protects against sun damage

Most of us know that as lovely as sunshine is, it isn’t so great for the skin. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can cause a whole host of problems from premature ageing to serious diseases like skin cancer.

With powerful antioxidants including Vitamins A, C and E, Rosehip Oil has been found to combat visible sun damage and have positive effects in preventing photo-ageing. However, it must be noted that while it may help to reduce the effects of UV exposure, it’s not a replacement for sunscreen.

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7. Reduces hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation can be used to describe dark spots or patches on the skin that are different in colour to the surrounding skin. It can occur for several reasons, including sun exposure and hormonal changes in pregnancy and the menopause. Some people also experience hyperpigmentation as a result of taking birth control pills or chemotherapy drugs.

Although hyperpigmentation isn’t generally harmful, it can make people feel self-conscious and negatively affect their mental health.

The good news is there are a lot of treatments and solutions for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, including the use of Rosehip Oil.

Rosehip Oil is high in vitamin A, which is made up of several nutritional compounds, including Retinoids. With regular use of the oil on the affected area of skin, these compounds, along with the skin-lightening properties of lycopene and beta carotene, can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

8. Rosehip oil for scars

We’ve touched on the benefits of Rosehip Oil for skin inflammation, sun damage and signs of ageing but did you know it can also help to reduce the appearance of scarring?

In 2015, a study was carried out to test the effects of Rosehip Oil on participants with post-surgical scars. After 12 weeks of treating incision sites twice per day with pure Rosehip Oil, they saw significant improvements in scar colour and inflammation, compared to those who did not receive the topical treatment.

Is Rosehip Oil good for acne?

Rosehip Oil can potentially benefit acne sufferers, by boosting linoleic acid - something in which acne-prone individuals are often deficient in. Applying the linoleic acid topically, in the form of Rosehip Oil, may also reduce the size of acne papules like whiteheads and blackheads.

How to use Rosehip Oil

Carefully place 2-3 drops of Rosehip Oil on your hands and rub between your palms, before gently massaging into the affected areas of skin. Apply the oil morning and night, on its own, or mixed in with a moisturiser.

Generally speaking, Rosehip Seed Oil is safe to use on all skin types. However, we recommend that you perform a patch test on an inconspicuous area of skin, before using Rosehip oil for face treatments.

It’s best to use 100% pure Rosehip Oil that has been wild-harvested and cold-pressed to maintain its quality. Keep the oil in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. To help you preserve your oil, we package our natural Rosehip Oil in UV-resistant bottles.

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DIY Rosehip Oil mask

Want to give your skin a little extra TLC? Try our Rosehip Oil face mask recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp natural greek yoghurt or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp of Mountainlife Natural Rosehip Oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric

Mix together the yoghurt / coconut milk and honey, before adding in the Rosehip Oil and turmeric. Apply to your skin with clean hands or a face mask brush. Leave to work its magic for 20-30 minutes, before rinsing off with warm water.

The Rosehip Oil face mask will boost hydration levels and moisturise the skin, leaving it soft to touch. With the addition of turmeric powder, your skin will glow, creating a more youthful and radiant appearance overall.

Always perform a patch test first.

Where to buy cold-pressed Rosehip Oil

Interested in trying Rosehip Oil for skin? Mountainlife supplies 100% natural Rosehip Oil, wild-harvested from the Altai mountains of Siberia. Our Rosehip Oil is more nutrient-dense than farmed organic oils, due to the pollutant-free and untouched environment in which the plants grow.

We work with locals native to the Altai region to bring you ethically-sourced products of the highest quality. 

If you have any questions about Rosehip Oil for skin or any of our superfoods, please email: info@mountainlifehealth.com or drop us a DM on social media. We’re always happy to discuss steps to improve your health and well-being and point you in the right direction.

Thomas Sharp
Thomas Sharp


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