So you’ve got your first bottle of rosehip oil (or you’re thinking about it) and you’re wondering how often to use it, when to use it and basically, how it fits into your beauty regimen. Well, you’re in the right place because this article covers everything you need to know about how to add rosehip oil to your skin care routine.
We’re going to look at:
- The best time of day to rosehip oil.
- How to mix rosehip oil with moisturizer.
- Tips for using rosehip with actives like vitamin C and retinol.
WHEN AND HOW OFTEN TO USE ROSEHIP OIL: MORNING VS. EVENING
Rosehip oil can be used daily and ideally, at night since the skin does most of its repair and restorative work while we’re sleeping. However, if you’re just getting started, it’s best to use rosehip every two days and work your way up to daily use.
If your skin is naturally very dry or you experience occasional dryness (due to seasonal weather changes, for example) then it can be helpful to use rosehip in the morning as well for added protection.
Please note that with rosehip oil, a little goes a long way. 2 to 4 drops usually gets the job done and once absorbed into the skin, you shouldn’t experience much greasiness.
In addition to the above tips, here are some additional guidelines to keep in mind when using rosehip oil:
- Regardless of whether you use rosehip in the morning or night, always apply it after you’ve applied your water-based products, serum or other skin treatments.
- Rosehip contains vitamin A so it might make your skin more photosensitive. Therefore, when using it in the morning make sure to use a sun protectant before stepping outside.
- Allow a few minutes after applying the rosehip oil before you apply sunscreen. This will help to reduce the overall greasy feel on your skin.
- If you’re a fan of oil cleansing, you can also use rosehip for the cleansing step. It’s a non-comedogenic oil, making it suitable for gently removing excess sebum and makeup.
WHERE TO INCORPORATE ROSEHIP OIL IN SKINCARE: BEFORE OR AFTER MOISTURIZER?
Rosehip oil can be applied before and after moisturizer, depending on the composition of your moisturizer. So, if your moisturizer is very heavy and contains occlusive ingredients (like thick butters or waxes), it’s best to use rosehip oil before. On the other hand, if your moisturizer is very light and doesn’t contain any occlusives, then you can apply rosehip oil afterwards.
The reason why you should change your strategy based on the type of moisturizer is because occlusive ingredients – such as beeswax or shea butter – sit on the skin.
Not only do these occlusives prevent moisture from getting out of the skin, they also block other ingredients from getting in. So, if you were to apply rosehip oil on top of this type of heavy moisturizer, you wouldn’t absorb much of the rosehip.
Lastly keep in mind that you can use rosehip oil as a substitute for moisturizer. This works best if your skin isn’t terribly dry or dehydrated.
TIPS FOR MIXING ROSEHIP OIL WITH MOISTURIZER
Mixing rosehip oil with moisturizer can be particularly helpful if you have very dry skin. The fatty acids in the rosehip provide an additional barrier to slow down the loss of moisture, while also nourishing the skin. There are two main ways to use rosehip and moisturizer:
1. Blend Rosehip Into Moisturizer
- Place moisturizer in the palm of your hand (the amount that you would normally use for one application).
- Add in a drop or two of rosehip oil. Blend in the palm of your hand.
- Massage the mixture onto your face.
2. Layer Rosehip With Moisturizer
- Follow the guidelines from the previous section to decide whether you’re going to apply rosehip first or moisturizer first.
CAN I USE ROSEHIP OIL AND RETINOL TOGETHER?
Generally, it’s acceptable to use rosehip oil and retinol oil together. In this case, rosehip should be applied after retinol. Do, keep in mind that rosehip oil contains vitamin A and retinol is a derivative of vitamin A (source). So, if you have super sensitive or delicate skin, there’s a chance that combining both could trigger some irritation.
Rather than use rosehip and retinol at the same time, another option is to use one in the morning and the other in the evening.
CAN I USE VITAMIN C SERUM AND ROSEHIP OIL TOGETHER?
In general, you can use vitamin C serum and rosehip oil together, by applying the vitamin C serum before the rosehip oil. Do keep in mind that if you have very sensitive skin, you might be better off using them separately. The vitamin A in rosehip oil and the vitamin C could be too much for sensitive skin to handle at once.
Do keep in mind that if your vitamin C serum contains a vitamin C derivative as opposed to pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) then you might be able to more safely use them together on sensitive skin. Some vitamin C derivatives that you can combine with rosehip oil include:
- Magnesium ascorbyl palmitate.
- Glyceryl Ascorbate.
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.
Lastly, if you’re worried that mixing rosehip oil and vitamin C serum would be too much vitamin C, don’t stress. Contrary to popular opinion, there’s little to no vitamin C in rosehip oil (you can get more details about this in my article comparing vitamin C serum vs rosehip oil).
FAQs ABOUT ADDING ROSEHIP OIL TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
What can I mix with rosehip oil for my face?
You can combine rosehip oil with clays, essential oils, other carrier oils and much more. For a detailed look at how to use these ingredients with rosehip oil, be sure to read this guide on what to mix (and not) with rosehip oil.
What is the best way to pick rosehip oil?
There are five main things to look for when choosing a rosehip oil::
- the extraction method.
- part of the plant that is used.
- the plant species that is used.
- color and smell of the oil.
- type of packaging.
I’ve created a simple and thorough guide that walks through each of the above factors and how they affect the quality of rosehip oil. To learn more about them – as well as see which brands have the best quality oil – read this article on how to choose the best rosehip oil.
How long can you keep rosehip oil?
High quality, unrefined rosehip oil lasts for approximately 3 years. Once it’s opened, rosehip oil will generally last about 6 months. Beyond that timeframe, the oil starts to lose its freshness (which will show up in the form of color and odor changes).
One way to help rosehip oil retain its freshness is to store it in a cool and dry place like the refrigerator.
What does rosehip oil do for skin?
- Reducing hyperpigmentation.
- Supporting collagen production.
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Improving the appearance of scars.
- Fighting off inflammation of the skin.
- Protecting the skin from free radical damage.
- Preventing and minimizing stretch marks.
Rosehip oil is a lightweight, easily absorbable and non-comedogenic oil that can be used daily, either as an oil cleanser or as part of your moisturizing step. While it’s generally safe for all skin types, be mindful when combining it with other actives (like vitamin C or retinol) so as to avoid irritation.
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