When it comes to the rose plant, it’s usually the lush, full blooms that get all the attention. But just below the sweetest of nature’s eye candy lies the rosehip, a berry-shaped fruit that gives our Face Oil and Body Butter the magic ability to glow up your skin and keep it baby-soft to the touch.
According to our chief scientist Dr. Kevin Spelman, Rosehips were one of the most important Chinese health tonics. As far back as 500 AD, they were used in traditional Chinese Medicine to treat disorders and discomforts as varied as sexual health issues, hypertension and chronic cough. While treatment for these ills can now be found at your local pharmacy, when it comes to skincare, this ingredient still carries super-ingredient status. Its varied lipid profile, packed with unsaturated fatty acids like linoleic, oleic, and linolenic acids, exists alongside a host of other skin loving compounds, like polyphenols, carotenoids, trans-retinoic acid. So, what does this all mean for your face? Quite a lot, actually. Here, our top reasons it made the cut with our Face Oil and Body Butter, and why it’s a boon to any skincare routine.
It’s an Incredible Skin Hydrator
With high levels of essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 and omega-6 (both linoleic acids), Rosehip Oil can effectively soften skin and strengthen the skin’s barrier, keeping moisture in and pollutants out.*
It’s Great For Improving Tone and Texture
Those fatty acids, along with Vitamins A and C, are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Rosehip Oil also has gentle, astringent properties that can help tighten your pores and brighten your skin. *
It’ll Help Keep your Skin Bouncy and Elastic
Along with anti-inflammatory potential, the Vitamin C in this oil is rich in antioxidants, a necessary ingredient to slow the breakdown of collagen from age and light exposure. The ascorbic acid it provides is also essential for the biosynthesis of collagen, and may help your skin regain elasticity if you’ve noticed some sagging lately.*
It Can Help Fade Scars
Again, the trifecta of anti-inflammatory fatty acids and vitamins A and C make this oil a potential solution for fading scars, like those left from bouts of acne. Together, these help undo and prevent oxidative damage and help the skin rebuild collagen. It can also help fade skin hyperpigmentation and potentially minimize the appearance of fine lines, and on your body, even stretch marks.*
And FYI. . .
Rosehip oil is high in vitamin A, so be mindful when using products with retinoids. Try a patch test first and wait 24 hours to gauge reactivity.
Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP, is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow and Marie Curie research Fellow in the European Union, Dr. Spelman has published 27 scientific papers and six chapters and been involved in clinical work for two decades. Dr. Spelman has been an academic pioneer in professional and competent clinical herbal medicine, co-founding the first master of science degree in clinical phytotherapy and a founding faculty member of the first bachelor degree in herbal medicine. Dr. Spelman is a past advisor to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.