Rosehip oil, also popularly known as rosehip seed oil, is a product obtained from the Rosa Canina rose bush, which is mainly grown in Chile (although it is true that today we can find it widely distributed in other parts of the world).
It differs from rose oil, which is mainly extracted from rose petals, in that rosehip oil is obtained from both the fruit and the seeds of the rose bush. For this reason, it has become a tremendously valued oil since ancient times, thanks to its different healing benefits, especially when applied to the skin, as it is full of vitamins, essential fatty acids and other nutrients that nourish the skin in a healthy way. totally natural.
For example, in its composition we find phenols, which are compounds that have been shown to have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral qualities. In addition, it is common to use it as a carrier oil when preparing different beauty recipes (in which, above all, essential oils are used), especially when some active ingredients tend to be too intense to apply directly to the skin, thanks because it also acts as a natural softener.
As we will learn in detail in an upcoming section in which we will discover some of the most interesting qualities that rosehip oil provides us with every time we apply it to the skin, it becomes an excellent natural option thanks to its high content of vitamins, fatty acids, fats, minerals and antioxidants, which tend to penetrate the skin, while, thanks to their consistency and texture, they are easily absorbed by the upper dermal layer.
And what are some of the most interesting nutrients found in rosehip oil? Take note:
- Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. They help keep the skin as flexible and elastic as possible, while acting as anti-inflammatory, so they are useful in reducing inflammation.
- Linoleic fatty acid. It is extremely useful when it comes to regenerating the lipid layers naturally present in the skin. In turn, they promote elasticity while working to soften scar textures (thereby softening the appearance of stretch marks).
- Vitamin A. It is helpful in regenerating damaged skin tissues, by gently stimulating cell renewal. It therefore acts as a gentle exfoliant (mainly retinols and retinols stand out, compounds obtained from this vitamin).
- Vitamin C. It is a vitamin with a well-known antioxidant action, which stimulates the production of collagen fibers. In turn, it is capable of preventing skin discoloration, so in this case it is of some use to lighten stretch marks.
Does rosehip oil help remove stretch marks?
If you have ever bought and used an anti-stretch mark cream, it is quite likely that you are already familiar with rosehip oil. And it is that in addition to vitamin E, argan oil or wheat germ, rosehip has managed to become one of the most valued natural oils for its extremely powerful effects on stretch marks (and, also, on scars).
Why? Fundamentally because, as we have seen, it is an oil of vegetable origin full of tremendously useful active ingredients in this regard, among which the presence of vitamins and natural antioxidants stand out above all, which give it stimulating qualities for the production of new collagen, for the renewal of the skin, for the lightening of spots and scars, and as an anti-inflammatory, among many other effects.
Not in vain, according to the results obtained by a study carried out and published in 2013, rosehip oil can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks in pregnant women, especially in those who had already had another pregnancy and in whose first pregnancy stretch marks appeared. In fact, he found that it was significantly more effective than placebo.
These results were similar to those obtained by another study, in which researchers asked pregnant women to apply a moisturizer that, in its formulation, also contained rosehip oil and vitamin E, or a placebo. They found that the moisturizer – or cream – was dramatically more effective at preventing stretch marks from forming, compared to the placebo.
Both results would suggest that rosehip oil can reduce the severity of stretch marks throughout pregnancy, stopping the progression of those that have already formed, and preventing new ones from forming. As we can see, this is particularly interesting during pregnancy, since it becomes one of the moments in a woman’s life where it is more common for stretch marks to form, mainly due to the stretching that the skin undergoes as the belly and breasts are enlarged.
On the other hand, it has been suggested that rosehip oil is extremely interesting in this regard because it is capable of stimulating the production of collagen, so that, over time (especially after regular use and application), it helps to improve both firmness and elasticity.
In fact, a more recent study, published in 2017, showed that rosehip oil can contribute to a better appearance of the skin, especially when it comes to making it look and appear more rejuvenated, especially in the most mature, aged or damaged skins.
We must not forget that stretch marks are nothing more than scars that form on the skin as a result of its lack of ability to stretch well and regain its shape. That is, the connective tissue tends to break down, and later, the final result is the formation of purple, reddish or pink stretch marks. Therefore, it is clear that rosehip oil can also end up being very useful against scars.
We must remember that rosehip oil is tremendously rich in linoleic acid. And one study showed that this nourishing fatty acid can help reduce the hyperpigmentation often associated with scarring, not just from wounds or stretch marks, but even those commonly caused by acne.
Additionally, another study, this time published in 2015, found that rosehip oil was helpful in diminishing or reducing the appearance of post-surgical scars. To obtain these results, the participants in this study used this oil twice a day for 12 weeks. During this time, they experienced a significant improvement: they observed less coloration, atrophy and redness.
How to use rosehip oil to remove and treat stretch marks:
Experts advise starting to use rosehip oil, and applying it to the skin, practically from the first moment that stretch marks have begun to form. The reason? The sooner the treatment is started, the better, since it tends to be easier to get rid of younger stretch marks, which are those that have a reddish or pinkish color or hue. In the case of white stretch marks, however, since they are older, the effect could not be the same.
Here we propose 3 simple and simple steps that you must follow every day when applying rosehip oil. Of course, as we will know soon in the section How to use rosehip oil on stretch marks and on the skin? it is always advisable to do a patch test first, especially if it is the first time that we are going to apply this product to the skin. Not surprisingly, in this section we explain how.
On the other hand, when applying it, remember that the most interesting thing is to integrate it into your skin care routine, which will help you enormously when it comes to ensuring that you never forget to apply it. Take note:
- First of all, it is convenient to clean your skin well. To do this, you must make sure that it does not contain other lotions, creams or skin products, which could end up negatively interfering with the best absorption of the product, so the final result may not be as expected. For this reason, the most appropriate time is to always do it after bathing or showering.
- Put a little rosehip oil on your hand, and gently massage the area that has been affected by the appearance of stretch marks. Likewise, it becomes an excellent preventive, so you can use it in those areas where they commonly tend to form, even if they have not yet appeared. For example, in the area of the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs and breasts (especially if you are pregnant, it is better to focus on the area of the belly or abdomen and breasts). Massage gently, using circular movements, until the skin has absorbed it almost completely.
- Repeat the process several times a day, preferably once or twice to maximize results. Likewise, it is advisable to repeat it daily, for 2 or 3 months to see the expected results (yes, in case of pregnancy, it is advisable to continue applying rosehip oil both during pregnancy and even after childbirth, when the body is adapting and regaining its pre-pregnancy shape).
Besides as a preventative or regular treatment for stretch marks, it can also work as a moisturizing agent as well. In fact, there are women who use it as a regular moisturizing product, and it can be used even for longer periods of time (instead of, for example, using it only during pregnancy and postpartum).
Some useful beauty recipes and home remedies against stretch marks with rosehip oil
Rejuvenating Moisturizing Cream with Rosehip
As we have seen, there is no doubt that rosehip oil makes for an incredible natural ingredient for skin care, thanks to being extracted from the seeds of rose plants, it is a wonderfully excellent source of fatty acids. healthy, useful for plumping fine lines, reducing stretch marks and repairing damaged skin cells.
On this occasion we propose a homemade recipe with which you will learn to make a moisturizing cream with rosehip oil, whose daily use will help you in a positive way when it comes to stimulating collagen production, thereby improving the firmness and general appearance of your skin. the skin. Take note of the ingredients you need and the steps to follow for its preparation.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of melted shea butter, ½ teaspoon of rosehip oil, 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and ½ teaspoon of jojoba oil.
Preparation: First you need to melt the shea butter. To do this, first place it in a saucepan or saucepan over the heat, and let it melt completely. Then put the melted shea butter in a small glass jar, and add the rest of the ingredients in the amounts indicated. Stir well. Cover and let rest for about 2 to 3 hours. Once it has solidified, simply mix everything with the help of a fork until you get a consistency that is as smooth and creamy as possible.
How to use it: It is advisable to apply this delicious homemade cream to damp skin twice a day, paying special attention to those areas where stretch marks have formed (remember that it is essential that they are still reddish, pink or violet, so that the treatment is as effective as possible). as efficient as possible).
Firming scrub with rosehip oil and spices
Who said that it is not as necessary as it is useful to exfoliate not only the skin of the face, but ultimately that of the rest of the body? The truth is that practically all body skin tends to accumulate dead cells, excess dirt and grime, so it is essential to exfoliate body skin from time to time.
On this occasion, we propose a useful homemade beauty recipe with which you will learn how to make a firming scrub, where rosehip oil once again becomes one of the most interesting ingredients, in addition to spices.
Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar, ½ cup rosehip oil, ½ teaspoon spice mix (primarily ginger, cardamom, and ground black pepper), and ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil.
Preparation: In a large bowl or bowl put all the ingredients, combine them and mix them well together.
How to use it: You just have to apply this scrub to clean skin with the help of your fingertips, massaging well. Gently move the scrub over those areas where stretch marks have formed. Then, once this is done, remove it with the help of warm water.
Homemade lotion for stretch marks with vitamin E
Although it is true that this homemade recipe is full or loaded with highly nourishing oils for the skin, the truth is that when they are all combined together they form a wonderful light lotion, with a non-greasy texture or consistency, perfect for rubbing on stretch marks and on scars, or to heal injured skin.
Ingredients: ½ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of aloe vera gel, 20 drops of rosehip oil, ½ tablespoon of wheat germ oil and 20 drops of frankincense oil.
Preparation: Coconut oil is likely to be solid, so you need to melt it first before using it to make lotion. To do this, simply place it in a saucepan over the heat, and let it melt little by little and completely. Then, combine the coconut oil together with the aloe vera gel in a bowl, and mix well until you get a consistency as creamy as possible (indeed, similar to that of a lotion). Now add the wheat germ, rosehip oil and frankincense oil. And mix again and beat again. Now place this mixture inside a plastic bag. Punch a hole in the corner of the bag, and squeeze the lotion into a pump bottle.
How to use it: Simply massage this lotion into the skin areas you wish to treat, preferably 2-3 times a day, until you see some improvement.
Rosehip Oil & Rosewater Body Serum
Although facial serums become an extremely interesting product when applied to the skin, because they provide high doses of beneficial active ingredients for skin care, the truth is that the rest of the body’s skin can also take advantage of its different nourishing, protective and moisturizing qualities.
This is the case of this body serum whose recipe we want to talk to you about on this occasion, in whose preparation we use mostly rosehip oil and rose water.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, 30 drops of rosehip oil, 1 tablespoon of rose water, 5 drops of Ylang essential oil.
Elaboration: The truth is that the elaboration process of this body serum is mainly characterized by being as simple as it is fast, as well as simple. In fact, you just have to combine all the ingredients mentioned in the previous section in a small bottle with a dispenser, close it and shake it well to combine all the ingredients. In case, however, that the mixture is not as fragrant as you would have liked at first, you can simply add a little more rose water.
How to use it: It is advisable to shake it well before each use. Then, when you are ready to use it, simply apply this body serum to your skin, both at night and in the morning. Even if you have dry facial skin, you can still apply it to your facial skin, always after deep cleansing (indeed, you can also add it to your skincare routine).
Rosehip body oil
Although, as we have seen in the section on How to use rosehip oil, there is no doubt that the simplest and easiest option is to apply rosehip oil directly to the area affected by stretch marks, massaging it gently. What better than preparing a rosehip body oil that also has other nourishing and repairing ingredients?
This is precisely what happens with this body oil, which in addition to rosehip oil contains jojoba oil, evening primrose oil and other excellent nutritional and essential oils that provide incredible qualities.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon rosehip oil, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, 1 teaspoon pomegranate oil (also known as pomegranate seed oil), 1 tablespoon evening primrose oil, 10 drops carrot seed oil, 20 drops of frankincense essential oil and 3 capsules of vitamin E.
Preparation: Inside a small dark-colored bottle (to protect the oils from the harmful action of ultraviolet rays, since exposure to the sun can easily affect their quality), combine all the ingredients in the amounts indicated. Then close the bottle and shake gently to fully combine.
How to use it: You only have to apply 2 to 4 drops on your fingertips, and then apply it on the skin areas to be treated. Preferably every night. On the other hand, if you also wish, you can also apply it to the skin of the face, neck and neckline.
Body serum for scars
If you liked the body serum whose homemade recipe we talked about in a previous section, this time we are talking about a body serum specifically designed for use on stretch marks and scars, thanks to the fact that it contains essential oils of rosehip, pumpkin, lavender, carrot seeds and frankincense that will provide interesting healing qualities.
Ingredients: 30 g of rosehip oil, 15 drops of pumpkin seed oil, 10 drops of frankincense essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 20 drops of carrot seed essential oil and ½ tablespoon of vegetable glycerin.
Preparation: In a small dark bottle with a dropper, add the essential oil of lavender, carrot, frankincense and pumpkin seed. Close with the lid and combine well until all these oils have been well mixed together. Now add vegetable glycerin, which will help this excellent combination last and keep better (longer). Now fill the dropper bottle to the top with rosehip oil. Cover and shake gently to mix all the oils back into each other.
How to use: Simply apply this body serum morning and night to clean skin. Long enough to have observed some improvement.
Anti-stretch mark moisturizing body mask
Believe it or not, the truth is that, as with exfoliants and facial serums, masks do not always have to be designed for use on the skin of the face. It is also possible to take advantage of and enjoy all its qualities on the rest of the skin, especially in those areas where stretch marks and related scars may have formed. Do you dare on this occasion when it comes to making an authentic body mask with anti-stretch mark qualities? Take note. We explain both the necessary ingredients and the steps to follow.
Ingredients: ¼ cup of distilled water, ½ teaspoon of honey and 7 drops of rosehip oil. You will also need a piece of tissue paper (you just need to separate the pieces of tissue and fold each piece in half).
Preparation: In a large bowl or bowl, add the cup of distilled water, honey and rosehip oil, in the amounts indicated. Mix and combine well with the help of a fork or spoon. Gently submerge the fabric in the bowl or bowl, until it has completely soaked.
How to use it: Place the damp cloth on the skin areas you want to treat, press well, and leave for 10 to 15 minutes (or even longer if you wish). When time passes, carefully remove the tissue and rinse your skin with the help of warm water.
Rosehip oil nourishing cream with beeswax
If you liked the body cream that we told you about at the beginning of this section of beauty recipes, now we want to talk to you about a nourishing cream that, in addition to rosehip oil, also contains abeles wax and all the ingredients necessary to treat stretch marks. fully and actively.
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon beeswax, 1 tablespoon shea butter, ¼ cup sweet almond oil, 2 tablespoons rosehip oil, 10 drops vitamin E oil, 6 drops frankincense essential oil, and 7 drops of patchouli essential oil.
Elaboration: In a heat-resistant glass container, combine the beeswax, shea butter, and sweet almond oil. Now place this container on top of a smaller pot half filled with water to heat it in a bain-marie (remember that at this point it is essential that the bottom of the glass container must not touch the water in the pot, to prevent the ingredients get wet and end up spoiling). Turn on and heat over medium high heat, stirring gently until all ingredients have completely melted. Then, once this is achieved, turn off the heat and carefully remove the container from the pot. Let it cool down for a few minutes. Then add the rosehip oil, vitamin E oil and essential oils (in the amounts indicated). Yes, indeed, since these essential oils are tremendously more sensitive to heat, it is not as convenient to heat them too much. Finally, place the glass container in the fridge for 25-30 minutes, or until the mixture has cooled and thickened adequately (but not hardened all the way). Now use a hand blender to mix the moisturizer until it is as creamy and smooth as possible. Finally, reserve the cream in a glass jar, or in a clean metal can. Now use a hand blender to mix the moisturizer until it is as creamy and smooth as possible. Finally, reserve the cream in a glass jar, or in a clean metal can. Now use a hand blender to mix the moisturizer until it is as creamy and smooth as possible. Finally, reserve the cream in a glass jar, or in a clean metal can.
How to use: Simply clean your skin well where you are going to apply the cream, and with your fingertips gently massage a small amount of this wonderful cream on the skin to be treated, using circular movements. If you wish, you can apply in the morning and at night, until you see some improvement.
Other useful oils to remove stretch marks
The truth is that rosehip oil is not the only vegetable oil that can be effective in treating, reducing and diminishing stretch marks (and all their related symptoms). This is also the case not only with the oils themselves, but even with certain essential oils that can be equally helpful. Here we indicate which are usually the most useful and interesting.
It is a very special oil, especially recognized for its interesting qualities when applied regularly to the skin. It is made from the grains of argan trees.
And, according to a study published in 2016, argan oil is helpful in helping to increase skin elasticity, helping to prevent or reduce stretch marks right from the moment they form. This study, for example, found that both the topical application of argan oil, as well as its internal consumption, help make the skin of postmenopausal women more elastic.
Bitter almond oil
It is, it is true, an oil that is not as well known or popular as sweet almond oil. In fact, bitter almond oil comes from a different variety of almond tree, which is not edible because this type of almond contains a series of compounds that are toxic, and can simulate cyanide poisoning when ingested.
However, when applied to the skin, it can help reduce stretch marks. And, it seems, this anti-stretch mark quality would also be shared by sweet almond oil.
Pomegranate oil consists of a variety of oil that is made from pomegranate seeds, and stands out for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.
According to the results obtained by a 2017 study , applied regularly to the area where stretch marks have formed and appeared, it helps increase the elasticity, thickness and even hydration of the skin, so the researchers concluded that this vegetable oil can be very helpful in improving the appearance of stretch marks, and even preventing them.
What would the Mediterranean diet be without olive oil? It stands out, as you surely know by now, for being one of the best heart-healthy foods that exist, thanks to its incredible richness in healthy fatty acids. In addition, it also provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, making it an excellent natural option against stretch marks.
Especially during pregnancy, applied twice a day could be very helpful.
Bitter orange oil
It is possibly one of the most wonderful oils that exist, especially for its tremendous aromatic power. In addition, according to a study, it could also be of some use when conditioning the skin and toning it naturally, in a way that would potentially help reduce the formation/appearance of stretch marks.
It is extracted from the peel of the bitter orange fruit (hence its aromatic power), although it is true that not everyone could use it. For example, it can cause photosensitivity in some people with fair skin.
This time we are dealing with an essential oil (more than a vegetable oil itself), although it is well known for its calming qualities, as well as being useful for healing wounds and reducing scars.
In this sense, for example, a 2016 study reported that it could help increase collagen production, as well as produce new connective tissue, because it would stimulate wound healing, which would suggest that it can be very helpful when it comes to healing stretch marks.
Neroli oil (or neroli essential oil) is a very special oil that is made from the flowers of Citrus aurantium, the same tree used for the production of bitter orange oil.
Some studies have found that this oil has an interesting antioxidant action, and can help improve the appearance of the skin, actively influencing skin cells to regenerate.
What are stretch marks and why do they appear?
A stretch mark consists of a type of scar which develops mainly when the skin stretches or shrinks too much, and especially when it does so quickly. This sudden change causes both collagen and elastin (which, as we have already mentioned at other times, are essential when it comes to supporting our skin, keeping it flexible and stretched) break. Then, as the skin begins to heal, stretch marks may appear.
In short, stretch marks occur when the skin is suddenly and rapidly stretched and unable to return to its normal shape after a period of intense growth.
But not all people develop them. According to different studies, and as many experts agree, changing or fluctuating hormone levels seem to greatly influence this. For this reason, pregnancy or the rapid growth spurts that commonly occur during puberty are often some of the life stages in which they form. Like rapid weight gain or loss.
There are also other times when they can form. For example, before weight training and muscle growth is achieved too quickly. In these cases, the skin is also not fully prepared to withstand this stretching, and scars are formed.
On the other hand, the appearance and color of stretch marks are usually a good indication of how long it has been since they first appeared. For example, when stretch marks first appear, they initially have a reddish or pinkish hue, although they can also be purple, reddish brown or even dark brown (this will depend directly on the color of our skin). In addition, they are usually slightly raised, and on some occasions they can also cause some itching.
Then, over time, the color fades and the narrower bands sink under the skin. Thus, they take on a whitish or even silvery hue, and when you run your finger over an aged (or mature) stretch mark, you will most often feel a slight depression.
The tonality that they acquire at first, just after forming, is due to the fact that the youngest connective tissue is tremendously rich in blood vessels. However, later they fade and take on the whitish or white color that they acquire as the years go by.
What other benefits does rosehip oil provide for the skin?
In addition to being, as we have seen, extremely useful when it comes to removing stretch marks and other related skin marks, the truth is that rosehip oil stands out almost without a doubt for providing other incredible qualities for skin care. skin, reasons why it has always been such a highly valued oil since ancient times. Here are some of the most important benefits:
Did you know that dehydrated and dry skin becomes one of the “best” means for the formation of expression lines, wrinkles and furrows on the skin? The truth is that the lack of hydration may be due to a problem as a result of certain extreme weather conditions. Although it is true that, over the years, it becomes one of the most obvious signs when the skin ages (or, rather, one of the most common consequences).
Luckily, as we have already mentioned, rosehip oil has a huge amount of essential fatty acids, among which the presence of linolenic and linoleic acids stands out. As different studies have confirmed, fatty acids are useful for keeping the structure of the different cell walls strong, thereby preventing them from losing water and moisture so easily.
If we take into account that rosehip oil stands out fundamentally for its high content of fatty acids, it becomes a useful option when it comes to moisturizing dry and dehydrated skin, especially when, in addition, it tends to be itchy and inflamed. But this is not all: thanks to its texture and consistency, it can be easily absorbed by the skin, helping its natural antioxidants to reach deeper layers of the skin.
Stimulates the formation of new collagen
Collagen is considered one of the basic and essential components of the skin, since it is part of the skin’s structure, and it is also essential to maintain adequate firmness and elasticity. However, as we age, our bodies tend to produce less and less collagen. In fact, it is estimated that from the age of 20-25, our body slows down the production of new collagen by around 1 percent each year.
For this reason, as we get older, and especially when we approach the age of 35-40, it is common for us to begin to notice some of the first signs of aging, especially expression lines and the first fine wrinkles.
Since rosehip oil is tremendously rich in vitamins A and C, we must bear in mind that these nutrients are essential -and essential- for the production of new collagen. And what’s even better: according to a study published in 2015, it is capable of inhibiting the creation of an enzyme unknown to collagen in the body, known by the name of MMP-1.
Useful for exfoliating the skin
Although it is true that rosehip oil stands out mainly for its moisturizing qualities, especially in case of dry and dehydrated skin, the reality is that it can also work as a natural exfoliant. In fact, regularly exfoliating the skin at least twice a week is ideal when it comes to removing dead cells that have been accumulating on the surface of the skin, and that together with dirt, excess oil and grime, they can end up clogging pores and increasing the risk of uncomfortable and annoying breakouts.
In this sense, exfoliation with rosehip oil, essentially thanks to its richness in fatty acids, antioxidants and other active ingredients with lightening and nourishing qualities, helps reduce dullness to the maximum, and enjoy much more vibrant and radiant skin.
In fact, this is mainly due to the fact that rosehip oil is rich in vitamins, among which the presence of vitamin C stands out (with antioxidant, brightening and anti-aging qualities), and vitamin A (or retinol), an active ingredient of recognized exfoliating action, which helps to stimulate the natural renewal of the different skin cells. Not in vain, vitamin C also helps in the cell regeneration process, being useful when it comes to increasing the general luminosity of the skin.
It can help against dark spots
Hyperpigmentation is the result of an excess of melanin, which over time tends to generate the appearance of dark spots on the skin. Although it is true that it can be the result of excessive sun exposure, it can also form as a result of different hormonal changes (melasma, for example, is usually very common in pregnancy), and also due to the consumption of certain medications (such as, for example, certain contraceptive treatments).
We must remember that rosehip oil is tremendously rich in vitamin A, a natural antioxidant that contains retinoid, known -and recognized- for its ability to reduce the problems and symptoms commonly associated with hyperpigmentation, especially when applied and used long term.
Protects against sun damage
The sun, although it can be beneficial in part thanks to the fact that it is essential when our body can obtain vitamin D, the truth is that the cumulative damage of sun exposure, throughout a lifetime, can end up playing an essential role in premature aging (which is commonly known as photoaging).
In fact, exposure to ultraviolet rays can interfere with the body’s natural ability to produce new collagen. While, as you surely know, constant exposure negatively influences the formation of sun spots, wrinkles and other signs directly related to photoaging of the skin. Even in more severe cases it can increase the risk of skin cancer.
Since rosehip oil is especially rich in certain active ingredients (such as vitamins A, C and E) with clear antioxidant qualities, it is useful for combating even the most visible sun damage. And what’s even better: it can help prevent photoaging of the skin.
Helps reduce fine lines and scars
As we have seen, rosehip oil is interesting when trying to reduce stretch marks. And being tremendously rich in natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids, it is useful in helping to regenerate skin cells and tissues. For this reason, it is very common that this natural product has been used as a remedy to promote wound healing.
In this sense, a study published in 2015 found that rosehip oil helped to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines that usually form around the eyes, including those known as crow’s feet.
On the other hand, it can also help to significantly improve the color of scars and related inflammation.
There are several causes that can cause problems related to hyperpigmentation in the skin. Although sun exposure is one of the most well-known and obvious risk factors, the truth is that it is not the only one. Other causes also play a role, such as certain hormonal changes (especially during pregnancy or menopause), and certain medications (including chemotherapy drugs and contraceptive treatments).
Rosehip oil is extremely rich in vitamin A, which is made up of some interesting components in this regard, such as retinoids, which are known for their natural ability to reduce both hyperpigmentation like other signs of aging, as long as it is used on a regular basis.
In addition, it also contains beta-carotene and lycopene, known for their ability to lighten and illuminate the skin, so they are essential when it comes to treating sun spots and other problems related to hyperpigmentation.
Rosehip oil is tremendously rich in natural antioxidants, among which the presence of anthocyanins, polyphenols and vitamin E stand out. In addition to acting as antioxidants, useful in preventing oxidative stress and reducing or neutralizing the action of free radicals, they can also be very helpful in reducing skin inflammation.
For this reason, it can become an interesting natural treatment option for rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Not surprisingly, it can also help calm the irritation that is so usual and common in these skin conditions.
How to use rosehip oil on stretch marks and on the skin?
Rosehip oil stands out mainly for being a dry oil, which means that it tends to be easily absorbed into the skin. Although it is an oil that is generally extremely safe for any type of skin, as with most skin care products that we use for the first time, it is advisable to do a patch test first, to find out if it could produce some kind of allergic reaction, or if we can use it safely and without problems.
And how to do this test? It is actually a really simple and straightforward process. You just have to apply a small amount of the product to your wrist, thigh or forearm, cover the area with the help of gauze and wait at least 24 hours to check the area and check whether or not there has been any type of reaction. If we observe that the skin is inflamed, irritated or itchy, it is not advisable to use rosehip oil. However, if there are no symptoms, then it is safe to use anywhere on the body.
Once this test is done, it is time to apply it to the skin. How to do it? Very simple: always apply it to those areas you want to treat (for example, where stretch marks have formed), especially after you have cleaned your skin. For example, a good option is to do it after a bath or shower, even as part of your skin care routine.
What’s more, most experts advise applying it up to twice a day, preferably both in the morning and at night. In this way, we will be able to maximize its benefits, and we will take advantage of all its properties, to enjoy a faster and more complete visible result.
On the other hand, keep in mind that it is extremely easy for rosehip oil to spoil easily. And that it may even end up going rancid. To prevent it, it is always the most appropriate (as with other vegetable oils, among which olive oil, avocado oil, argan oil or sweet almond oil stand out), it is essential to store it and store it in a dark and cool place, away from both heat and ultraviolet rays. Some experts also recommend keeping it in the fridge, to maximize the period of use.
And if you are looking for a quality rosehip oil, although it is true that it is a bit more expensive, it is advisable to opt for organic rosehip oil, preferably if it has also been cold pressed. In this way, you will not only enjoy a much higher purity vegetable oil, but you will also obtain the best results.