Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rosehips Oil - The Natural Healer

They say Rosehips (INCI: Rosa Rubignosa) Oil has the ability to heal scars – softening their appearance. I've tried this and agree, and although I wouldn't call it a miracle worker that magically wipes away all signs of unevenness with a single application, it definitely makes a visible difference.

Natural Precursor of A-Vitamin
Rosehips oil offers an excellent source of trans-retinoic acid (a natural precursor of A-vitamin). This makes it ideal for treating skin infections such as acne. And it is indeed the trans-retinoic acid that helps repair and smooth damaged skin tissue from scalds, burns, or over-exposure to sun. It also helps reduce fine lines around the eyes as well as wrinkles, bringing newfound elasticity to the skin.

How Does it Do That?
Because rosehips is an excellent source of essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, it actively helps with cellular and tissue regeneration – even normalizing skin with large pores. I've seen it in action, and it really does work for large pores.

It's Dry
Rosehips is classified among the oils as dry to very dry. It has an incredibly short 'surface time' on the skin and is so rapidly absorbed leaving no oily residue, that is is ideal in face oils. Although it can be used undiluted, I find it far too dry to stand alone, and will often mix it with fattier oils for face and body oils.

Volatile But Versatile
Because it has a very short shelf life (and costs a pretty penny), this is one of the oils I buy in small quantities but order often. I find this oil equally applicable to sensitive and oily skin. I love rosehips oil for its relatively neutral smell and all around usefulness. It's great in face oils, as an ingredient in a cream, lotion or serum.

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