Rose hips are the round seed pod left after the rose petals fall off after flowering. Rose Hip oil is a nourishing oil that helps rejuvenate the skin, improve fine lines, and maintain young fresh looking skin.
A rich array of nutrients, including Vitamin C (a powerful anti-oxidant and necessary for collagen formation) and unsaturated essential fatty acids, makes Rose Hip oil one of the most popular rejuvenating skin care treatments available today.
The benefits of using Rose Hip Oil:
- Suitable for all skin types
- May be used once or twice daily without clogging the pores
- Intensive skin rehydration, particularly for very dry skin
- Moisturisers mature and ageing skin
- Gentle for delicate under-eye and lip moisturising
- Rose Hip Oil helps reduce the signs of sun-damage
- May help reduce scarring from acne, surgery or injuries
- May help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- May reduce dark skin patches and pigmentation
- Helps repair damaged skin cells
- Helps prevent broken capillaries
How to use:
- Use as a skin rejuvenator for scarring, acne or fine wrinkles. Gently massage several drops of the oil into the affected area every day for 3 to 4 months.
- The oil may be used to replace or enhance the benefits of your regular moisturiser.
- Apply 2 – 3 drops or more to the palm of your hand and using fingertips, apply gently to clean skin before applying make-up in the morning.
- After cleansing face at night, apply 2 – 3 drops to the palm of your hand and apply to the face, neck or chest area.
- If applying to the under-eye area: be careful not to stretch or drag the skin in this delicate area. Use your fingertips and gently pat oil into skin.
- It is a very light oil and won’t clog the pores if left on overnight.
- Rose hip oil may be mixed with a carrier oil such as Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond, Camellia , etc., and applied to other dry or problem areas of the body.
Research into the effects of rose hip oil on the skin:
Researchers, Dr Bertha Pareja, Principal Professor, Faculty of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru and Dr Horst KehI, from the School of Pharmacology of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, USA published a paper in December l988 titled ‘Contributions to Identification and Application of Active Components Contained in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa’.
They wrote that In a two-year study, rose hip oil was applied to 180 patients with surgical, traumatic and burn scars, and also to a group suffering from premature ageing of the skin. According to Dr. Pareja and Dr. Kehl the results were remarkable. Continuous application of rose hip oil effectively attenuated scars and wrinkles, halted advancement of premature ageing, and restored lost skin natural colour and tone.
The action of rose hip oil in helping to regenerate damaged skin tissues was originally attributed by Dr. Pareja and Dr. Kehl to its high content of unsaturated essential fatty acids. These acids are important for healthy skin (when taken internally) for they are components of cell membranes and precursors of prostaglandin/leucotriens. Their presence did not successfully explain the regenerative effects of rose hip oil.
Drs. Pareja and Kehl, identified trans-retinoic acid as the component responsible for these effects. Trans-retinoic acid is a derivative of Vitamin A and is marketed as Tretinoin. The therapeutic effects of Tretinoin in the treatment of a variety of dermatology disorders have been well-researched and recognised for almost 30 years. Tretinoin can produce quick and positive changes in the skin, but because it is a very strong substance, it must be applied under medical supervision.
They found that rose hip oil produces the same benefits as Tretinoin, but without secondary side effects, because the trans-retinoic acid is contained in a natural state as part of a complex of unsaturated fatty acids.