Made from the seeds of the rose plant, rosehip (or rosehip seed) oil is an incredibly versatile carrier oil that can soften wrinkles, balance skin tone, improve stretch marks, lower topical inflammation (hello, acne, eczema and psoriasis!) and more.
In addition, rosehip oil is lightweight and non-greasy, making it suitable for pretty much all skin types.
And given all these benefits, it’s no wonder that rosehip oil is a fave for natural skin care products.
Now, whether you’re planning on using rosehip for your DIY products or you’re going to buy something off the shelf, this post covers all the basics of how to add rosehip oil to your skin care routine.
We’re going to look at:
- Why rosehip oil is good for the skin.
- Other ingredients that blend well with rosehip oil.
- Some simple ways you can incorporate into your daily beauty regimen.
TOP SKIN CARE BENEFITS OF ROSEHIP SEED OIL
1. Reduces Hyperpigmentation
WIth it’s high vitamin C content, rosehip oil is a great natural remedy for dark spots.
This is because vitamin C, together with other rosehip ingredients like Vitamin E and vitamin A, support cell regeneration.
So, by using rosehip oil regularly, you’re helping your skin shed the old and making way for healthier, evenly toned skin.
2. Enhances Absorption of Active Ingredients
When used in a blend with other ingredients (like essential oils or other carrier oils), rosehip makes it easier for those other ingredients to penetrate the skin.
In the skin care industry this is known as a “penetration enhancing” effect.
And it’s all thanks to the linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) that is found in rosehip seed oil.
Furthermore, unlike other penetration enhancers – like propylene glycol or tetrasodium EDTA – rosehip oil is all natural and doesn’t have potentially toxic effects (source).
3. Supports Collagen Production
As we saw earlier, rosehip seed oil is a rich source of vitamin C, which the body uses to make collagen.
And collagen is an essential protein for the skin, necessary for maintaining firmness (i.e. less wrinkles and sagging).
But unfortunately, the body’s production of collagen tends to decline as we age.
So, this is one reason why rosehip is particularly for so-called “mature” skin.
With regular use, the vitamin C in rosehip allows you to “feed” your skin with the raw materials that it needs for collagen production.
4. Reduces Scarring
A 2015 study revealed that rosehip oil has the ability to improve the appearance of scars.
This particular study was done with 108 patients who had post-surgical scarring.
And during the study the only thing they had to do was apply rosehip oil, twice a day, onto their scar.
The scars were evaluated 6 weeks and after 12 weeks. And overall, the study showed that rosehip oil does in indeed reduce (source):
- atrophy (degeneration and thinning of epidermis and dermis).
- erythema (redness).
4. Fights Off Inflammation of The Skin
Whether we’re talking about acne, rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, they all have one thing in common: inflammation.
And rosehip oil contains a significant amount of anti-inflammatory compounds that can help with many of those skin conditions. Some of those beneficial compounds include:
- Linoleic acid (35.9 – 54.8%).
- Alpha-linoleic acid (16.6–26.5%).
- Oleic acid (14.7–22.1%).
Furthermore, rosehip’s high levels of antioxidants (such as tocopherols and carotenoids) makes it particularly beneficial for inflamed skin (source).
5. Fights Off The Damaging Effects of Free Radicals
Whether it’s from our food or the environment, our skin is constantly exposed to things that can trigger the production of free radicals (source).
And one of the most prominent manifestations of this damage is in the form of premature aging and wrinkles.
So, how do combat free radicals?
It’s all about antioxidants.
More specifically, things like vitamin E, vitamin C and anthocyanins…all of which are found in rosehip oil!
6. Can Prevent and Minimize The Appearance of Stretch Marks
According to actress Miranda Kerr, regular use of rosehip oil during her pregnancy was key to her avoiding stretch marks (source).
In addition, a 2013 study showed that when used in a blend with other active ingredients, rosehip oil is effective at preventing the formation of new stretch marks.
Now, there are two things worth noting about that study:
- They focused on pregnant women who already had stretch marks. The rosehip blend, prevented new stretch marks.
- The blend used was made of rosehip oil, vitamin E, extracts from gotu kola and hydroxyprolisilane-C (a cosmetic ingredient with skin-firming properties).
WHAT CAN I MIX ROSEHIP OIL WITH?
Rosehip oils blends well with:
- Aloe vera: ideally you should use an emulsifier for this, because aloe vera is mostly water. An emulsifying agent makes it easier to blend the aloe and rosehip together into a smooth blend.
- Other carrier oils like argan, sesame, evening primrose, almond.
- Essential oils.
- Facial clays (such as kaolin or rhassoul).
- Regular moisturizer (to enhance its action).
Please keep in mind that when mixing rosehip oil with other carrier oils, rosehip should make up about 20 to 30% of the final mixture (source).
HOW DO YOU USE ROSEHIP OIL IN YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE?
The quickest and easiest way to include rosehip oil in your skin care regimen is to simply use it as a moisturizer. All you need to do is massage 2 to 3 drops of it onto your skin. In this case, wait about 5 minutes before applying your sunscreen or regular moisturizer.
For a simpler and faster option, add 2 to 3 drops rosehip to your regular moisturizer (in the palm of your hand) and rub onto your face. Then follow-up with sunscreen if using.
Now, if you’d like to experiment with some homemade blends, here are a few you can try.
1. DIY Rosehip Oil and Clay Mask
1 tbsp clay (kaolin works for all skin types; bentonite for oily skin)
Enough water to make a spreadable paste (start with ¾ tbsp and add more as needed)
2 drops chamomile essential oil
Glass bowl and non-metallic spoon/spatula for mixing
- Combine the clay and water in your mixing bowl. Stir until smooth
- Stir in the essential oils.
- Apply onto a clean face and allow the mask to sit for about 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
NOTE: don’t let the mask harden completely because that can be too drying.
2. Homemade Rosehip and Lavender Blend For Scars
To help with scarring, apply one drop of rosehip oil to a scar, twice a day.
You can also combine 1 ounce rosehip with 18 drops of lavender oil. Store the mix in a glass jar and then apply over the scarred area.
3. Stretch Mark Remedy With Rosehip and Essential Oils
2 tsp sweet argan oil
2 tsp rosehip oil
2 tsp borage oil
14 drops frankincense oil
13 drops lavender oil
1 ounce glass bottle
- Add the carrier oils to the glass bottle
- Top off with the essential oils.
- Close the bottle and shake to combine ingredients.
- Massage 2 to 3 drops of the mixture over the area that has stretch marks.
CAN YOU USE TOO MUCH ROSEHIP OIL?
For most people, rosehip oil is safe enough to use daily, both in your morning and evening regimen.
However, as with most things, it’s still possible to have an allergic reaction to this oil.
If you have any doubts about how your skin will react to rosehip oil, then do a patch test first (on the inside of your forearm, for example). Once your patch test is completed successfully, then you can proceed with full face application.
Also, keep in mind that you only need a few drops – 2 to 3 drops – for one application. No need to overapply because you’ll simply be wasting the oil.
FAQs ABOUT HOW TO ADD ROSEHIP OIL TO YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Can rosehip oil clog pores?
Not only is rosehip oil quite lightweight, but it also absorbs fairly quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy film. So, it’s not likely to clog pores.
Can I mix retinol with rosehip oil?
You can use retinol together with rosehip oil. The key is to apply the rosehip oil on top of the retinol. This application method helps to “lock in” the retinol benefits.
With its diverse nutrient profile and lightweight, non-comedogenic properties, rosehip oil has something to offer every type of skin.
And since it’s safe for the body and the face (you can even use it around the eyes!) this oil can help to simplify (and declutter) your beauty routine!