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Benefits of Rosehip oil
Rosehip oil is a fruit oil extracted from the hip or fruit of the rose. You may have heard whispers (or shouts!) about the amazing properties of pure rosehip oil and the incredible benefits it can bring to the skin. But what’s all the fuss really about? Surely an oil that just comes straight from a plant can’t do anything other than simply add moisture to the skin? Well, if that’s what you’re thinking, you’d be wrong.
- Sydney, 16 November 2013 - By Irene Falcone -
Rosehip oil is a fruit oil extracted from the hip or fruit of the rose. You may have heard whispers (or shouts!) about the amazing properties of pure rosehip oil and the incredible benefits it can bring to your natural and organic skincare routine. But what’s all the fuss really about? Surely an oil that just comes straight from a plant can’t do anything other than simply add moisture to the skin? Well, if that’s what you’re thinking, you’d be wrong. Rosehip oil’s chemical structure makes it uniquely suited to soothing, healing and improving the appearance of the skin!
Essential fatty acids
Rosehip Oil has a high content of unsaturated essential fatty acids, namely oleic (15 - 20 per cent), linoleic (44 – 50 per cent) and linolenic (30 – 35 per cent). These fatty acids are called ‘essential’ because they nourish and maintain a healthy skin. However, our bodies are not able to reproduce them.
Rosehip oil is very easily absorbed by the skin, delivering these essential fatty acids right where they’re needed.
Here’s another area where Mother Nature lets us down a little. Vitamin C (also known by its scarier name of ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant which protects the body against free radicals – those little thingies that rampage around causing cell damage, which leads to wrinkles and and premature ageing. Vitamin C protects against infection, helps with wound repair and promotes healthy cell development.
Vitamin C is not manufactured by the body and therefore we have to take it in through our food, or through our skin (make no mistake, the skin can absorb somewhere between 60 per cent – 90 per cent of what we put on it!).
Rosehips are an absolutely excellent natural source of vitamin C – even better than citrus fruit, apparently. They have been used for centuries as a medicinal herbal remedy in teas, syrups and tinctures.
During World War II, under instruction from the Ministry of Health, British school children were given the job of collecting rose hips from hedgerows to make into a vitamin C-rich rose hip syrup, to replace the imported oranges that were no longer able to land in the United Kingdom’.
Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. Vitamin A is also known as retinol in some of its forms – that’s right, the miracle ingredient that all those anti-ageing creams on TV go on about. When they say it’s ‘scientifically proven to fight wrinkles’ they are telling the truth… there are numerous academic studies which show that applying vitamin A to the skin reduces wrinkles, roughness and brown spots.
Interestingly, Vitamin A may also help to reduce or balance excess oil in oily skin. It is thought to improve acne for a number of reasons. It's essential to the growth of new skin tissue and may help the lesions from acne to heal better and faster. Since acne is partly caused by bacteria trapped in the skin's pores vitamin A may help to combat the growth of the bacteria which leads to the pustule on or just under the surface of the skin. This is done firstly by snatching up free radicals and secondly by giving the immune system that boost so it can send white blood cells to eat up the acne causing bacteria.
In rosehip oil, vitamin A occurs naturally, and is easily absorbed into the skin (not so in the aforementioned creams on TV!). As the vitamin A in rosehip oil is part of a complex system of essential fatty acids, and is naturally present in rosehip oil.
Beta-carotene, also present in rosehip oil, is a precursor to vitamin A and has been found in scientific studies to protect the skin from sun damage.
Lycopene is a pigment that’s naturally found in red fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, watermelon and – of course – rosehips. It’s an antioxidant packed with powerful benefits. In addition to promoting brain and immune functions, lycopene protects the skin from free-radical damage, reducing skin cell damage and redness caused by the sun and pollution.
Lycopene also strengthens the junctions between cells and improves the processes related to cell metabolism — which is how cells grow and reproduce. This means it can improve the texture and appearance of the skin. It also strengthens the skin by enhancing its ability to produce collagen and reducing the DNA damage that leads to wrinkles.
So what does all this mean for your skin?
Well, firstly if you want to avoid or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, roughness, acne, oiliness or sun spots, using rosehip oil twice a day for a few months will produce a noticeable difference. Once you see the difference – and start hearing the compliments – you’ll want to carry on!
Secondly, if you have any kind of scarring, such as stretch marks, acne, radiotherapy, burns, or surgical scars, rosehip oil can greatly improve their appearance – or stop them forming in the first place if you’re on the front foot. Rosehip oil restores normal skin colour (reducing redness or hyper pigmentation). It also stops the skin from forming lumpy scars that may appear after surgery.
Scars develop when the deep, thick layer of skin is damaged and the body can’t rebuild the tissue exactly as it was before, so the scar tissue has a different texture and quality than the surrounding normal skin tissue. Rosehip oil stimulates metabolic change in the skin by accelerating normal cellular growth in the epidermis, without any side effects. The antioxidants and essential lipids in rosehip oil do their bit by rejuvenating the skin and speeding up healing.
Related: Dry Skin
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