If there’s one wish I would love to ask the genie or any powerful emblem to grant me, it is to have perfect skin. The skin is the largest and the most visible organ of the human body. It consists of layers called the epidermis which is the outermost layer of the skin and acts as a barrier, the dermis which is responsible for holding the sweat glands, connective tissues, and hair follicles together, and the hypodermis which is the innermost layer of the skin. One of the main functions of the skin is to provide protection. But with all the dirt, pollution, and harmful rays that we’ve been facing each day, it is difficult for our skin to maintain its health. Just like other things, our skin has its limit too. There will come a time that this protector will be needing protection too. Time to call someone – or something – to save the day. If you’re thinking of something from a planet called Krypton or if you’re feeling the need to get struck by lightning or be drafted to war against an army of villainous ETs, then this is not the superhero we’re talking about. Ever heard of a rosehip oil?
Rosehip oil – also known as rosehip seed oil – is extracted and pressed from the seeds of a wild rose bush. A wild rose bush is the layman’s term for a specific shrub namely Rosa moschata, Rosa rubiginosa or Rosa canina. These members of the Genus Rosa can be found along the southern part of the Andean Mountains in South America, Europe, and South Africa. It is also discovered that rosehip oil has long been known since the ancient Egyptian times, the Mayans, and the Native Americans. From healing to beauty, the rosehip oil served a lot of purposes – and it served well. The secret of the gods unveiled!
During the modern age
The rosehip oil became every beauty enthusiasts’ staple way back in 2012. This rose to fame in 2017, reaching the mainstream world through a great number of people including the influence of Britain’s sustainable fashion empress, Victoria Beckham, Victoria’s Secret angel and CEO of KORA Organics, Miranda Kerr, and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton. Amazing and inspirational women with skin glowing to perfection? What a powerful combination!
Benefits of rosehip oil
Rosehip oil is loved by those fabulous women for a reason. This has been working wonders not only in the beauty industry but also on the medical field. Here are the reasons why rosehip oil is hip and healthy for you:
1. It is an anti-aging superstar.
Rosehip oil contains a high level of antioxidants rich in high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A, thus promoting collagen production making your skin look younger and softer. It also lessens the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration, and fine lines from the sun’s harmful UV rays. This oil has the ability to penetrate your skin up to the deeper layer making every drop worth it. Now that’s why it’s an anti-aging superstar!
2. It is an effective moisturizer.
Moisturizing is an important step towards a healthy-looking skin. With the help of rosehip oil, your skin will be deeply hydrated making it less dry. Rosehip oil contains some of the most essential fatty acids such as linolenic, linoleic, and oleic acid. According to a well-known New York City-based dermatologist, Kenneth Howe, M.D., rosehip oil has one of the most important elements of the skin’s main moisturizing component called ceramides – the linoleic acid. It is widely loved because rosehip oil can be easily absorbed by the skin making it less greasy and much perfect for everyday use.
3. It has rejuvenating properties.
Not only it can aid in slowing down aging, but it also optimizes the elasticity of your skin. As a result, your skin will appear bright, firm, and tight. Imagine the likes of Miranda Kerr gushing over this natural ingredient over high-end products? If you’ve always wanted to have that special kind of glow, rosehip oil is the answer.
4. It may remove or prevent stretch marks.
Stretch marks occur for different reasons. The common denominator of having it is the damaged collagen and elastin production. As much as we want it to go away completely, we can’t. Though stretch marks fade over time, the strong nutrients of rosehip oil can improve the cell and tissue regeneration at an optimal level. Using rosehip oil during pregnancy (Note: It is advised to consult first with your doctor) can prevent stretch marks from happening.
5. It boosts your immune system.
Rosehip oil goes beyond skin-deep. Its vitamin C component is not just protecting you from the damaging effects of being outdoors but it is also protecting you from bacteria and infection entering your body as well as improving your collagen production for healthier muscles and bones. Instead of oil, the latter is best achieved by taking rosehip in the form of a tea or a supplement. A strong immune system means healthy hair and nails too.
6. It lowers the rate of inflammation.
According to a study from the Arthritis Foundation, the seed pods of roses turned into rosehip powder aids in giving a soothing effect decreasing the presence of inflammation, so you can catch up with your yoga and exercises. You can add a drop or two on your bath or simply massage it onto your skin. Rosehip oil is also used in treating other skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis as well as skin burns and scars.
Rosehip oil doesn’t need diluting like essential oils, this means that you can use it straight from the bottle and apply, rub and massage it directly into your skin. No fuss, just fast.
I guess the secret to having healthy and glowing skin is not that hard and fancy as finding a wish-granting genie or collecting emblems or stones. So, whether you’re dreading about an unexpected pimple, having a vacation, or attending a yoga retreat, make sure there is a presence of rosehip oil in your purse. Remember: glowing (and healthy!) skin is always in.
By Joyce Fugnit for RetreatHub