Updated: Jul 9, 2020
Should we be looking for rosehip oil in our daily skin care regimine? While searching for features and benetits of this powerful + extremely popular ingredient we came across this fantastic article below by Megan Beauchamp. For Megan's original publication click HERE.
Should we be dousing our faces in rosehip oil?
To answer (that), we turned to Athena Hewett, a San Fransisco–based esthetician and founder of the holistic skincare brand Monastery, to learn more about rosehip oil, a natural skincare staple. "Rosehip seed oil is one of my favorite oils," confesses Hewett. "It's a natural retinol product packed with nutrients, but rather than having a thick consistency, it's a dry oil," she explains.
To answer the last, we turned to Athena Hewett, a San Fransisco–based esthetician and founder of the holistic skincare brand Monastery, to learn more about rosehip oil, a natural skincare staple. "Rosehip seed oil is one of my favorite oils," confesses Hewett. "It's a natural retinol product packed with nutrients, but rather than having a thick consistency, it's a dry oil," she explains.
Here, the esthetician breaks down four rosehip oil benefits that will make you want to clear some space on your top shelf and make room for serums containing this naturally derived skincare multitasker.
Rosehip Oil Packs in Vitamin's A and C
Rosehip oil's "bright color doesn't just make it pretty; it also means that it's packed with vitamins A and C," says Hewett. "Vitamin A (a retinoic acid) and vitamin C brighten your complexion," she explains. While these benefits will make you want to drown your face in rosehip oil serums, "the orangish color can tint the skin," she warns. "Be careful not to overuse rosehip seed oil that isn't combined with other oils, as it can actually give the skin an orange glow."
A Good Astringent
"Rosehip seed oil is the queen of dry oils," says Hewett. "A dry oil is an oil that is not oily in sensation; it has more of a tacky feeling than a slick one," she explains. "Dry oils are astringent, which makes them less comedogenic, and they are perfect for those with oily skin," she adds. "It's a fantastic moisturizer for all skin types (and a great moisturizer for the hair, too)."
High ATRA Levels
"The main active component (the superstar ingredient) of rosehip seed oil is all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA)," Hewett reveals. "This ingredient is responsible for making rosehip seed oil the powerhouse that it is," she explains. What exactly is this skincare miracle acid? "ATRA is the naturally occurring derivative of vitamin A, what you know as Retin-A."
"It works similarly to Retin-A but without the irritation," she adds. Typically, you need a prescription to get your hands on products containing Retin-A, as "ATRA is used medically in the treatment of acne and photodamaged skin," she explains. "Rosehip seed oil has the highest levels of ATRA than any other oil," making it a great alternative to scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist.
"Rosehip seed oil is also high in essential fatty acids, like linoleic acid, omega-6, and omega-3," explains Hewett. "These acids make it highly anti-inflammatory," she adds. "These anti-inflammation properties soothe and smooth pimples, heal acne scars, and repair broken and damaged skin."
The Best Rosehip Oils on the Market
According to Hewett, not all rosehip seed oils are created equally. "The quality of the seeds and the extraction method are critical," she explains. The "highest-quality oils are cold-pressed and not solvent-extracted," she continues. "Solvent extraction removes many of the nutritious properties of the oil as well as some of the natural properties of the oil, like color and scent."
Luckily, Hewett has a nifty trick to determine which products to add to your top-shelf. "High-quality rosehip seed oil will have a fishy scent to it, which is less than ideal for direct application," she explains. "Well-made face oils blend the rosehip seed oil with other oils and essential oils to hide the scent without losing the healing properties of the oil."
At The Best Skincare (TBS) we loved this article and wanted to share along with the amazing website www.mydomaine.com. TBS's Night Rejuvenate Cream and Multivitamin Cream are both loaded with cold-pressed rosehip oil and yes! It definitely has a fishy scent to it. To mask the scent in our Night Rejuvenate we add Organic Lavender and Sweet Orange Essential Oils. In our Multivitamin we add Pumpkin Seed Oil and Rose Geranium Essential Oils for making the scent. To learn more about our skincare click HERE.