The article includes Dr. Patel's expert commentary on what Rosehip oil is and the benefits on using it. Roses are good for more than just looking pretty in a vase or putting a smile on someone’s face. Rosehip oil, which is extracted from the seeds located in the hips of the rose plant, is a popular skin-care ingredient in the beauty space. Chances are, you probably already use an oil, moisturizer or cream boasting this plant derivative in its formula, but if you don’t know exactly all that it can do, you’re not alone. Ahead, Dr. Purvisha Patel, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare, gives us the scoop on rosehip oil and its many skin-care benefits.
What Is Rosehip Oil?
If you have been searching for more antioxidant-rich products to use, consider incorporating rosehip oil into your daily regimen. Rosehips contain a high level of vitamins A and C, making them a powerful antioxidant — which, as we know, are known to help neutralize the negative effects of free radicals, among other things. “Vitamin A promotes cell turnover [on the outermost layers of skin’s surface], which helps to give the appearance of smooth skin and minimize visible fine lines and wrinkles,” says Dr. Patel. “Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps with surface cell damage and lightens the appearance of discoloration. Both of these vitamins [when found in skincare products can] help reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and pigmentation [over time with continued use].” Rosehip oil is also rich in essential fatty acids, which help restore the skin barrier and trap water in the skin to moisturize, she explains.
How to Use Rosehip Oil in Your Skin-Care Routine
Similar to other natural ingredients — coconut oil, aloe, castor oil and so on — rosehip oil can be found in its pure form or as an ingredient in a variety of skin-care products. “Rosehip seed oil as an oil works well on the scalp for moisturizing hair,” says Dr. Patel. Or, when incorporated into skin balms, such as the Visha Skincare Face 2 Feet 5-in-1 Body Balm or the SkinCeuticals Hydra Balm, it can help nourish dry skin and replenish moisture.