The second you heard oil, you probably think ‘oh no my pores will get clogged’, but hear me out. Rosehip oil is different.
The quest to have perfect low-maintenance, and anti-aging skin is often a journey, spanning time. Everyone’s skin has different needs and so different products work differently.
Over the years, I have developed a mostly natural skin routine that not is only low-maintenance, but low cost as well. My skin is that weird combination of pimply on occasion, dry and oily, dull, sensitive, large pores and victim to white spots/ bumps and blackheads. There is also the added susceptibility of hyper pigmentation that comes along with having darker skin.
Products usually take 12 weeks for a purge period to occur. Rosehip oil is no exception to that when it comes to targeting hyper pigmentation. Rosehip oil has been a staple in my night-time routine for the last 3 years and I’ve had the best skin ever since, which has only been improved after the addition of The Ordinary’s Niacinamide with Zinc half a year ago.
The results you may ask: glowing dewy skin after even the worst sleep, and reduced hyper pigmentation and scarring. Roselip oil does not react to my sensitive skin. Rather, it actually calms it by evening out my skin tone and leaving my skin very moisturised.
Rosehip oil is rich in Vitamin A, C and E as well as antioxidants and essential fatty acids, such as omega 3 and omega 6, with a low comedogenic rating. As an A.C.E rich oil, Cell turnover is increased, making it an effective acne preventer. Vitamin A is also well renown for its wrinkle prevention properties and for evening that skin tone and regaining elasticity. Rosehip oil, weirdly enough, has a low comedogenic rating meaning your skin will not get clogged, unlike my brief stint with using coconut oil which lets just say… did NOT end well. Scarring and hyperpigmentation are also dramatically reduced as shown in this study. Rosehip oil works well and integrates with most other products besides retinoids.
I pop on 2 drops of rose hip oil using the dropper on my skin and rub it in at night before I sleep using my fingers or a roller. As one to three drops distribute well, the bottle lasts a long time. Over 3 years I have bought three to four 100 ml bottles from face theory. To me, that is a great affordable option that is well worth the price, not to mention it is formulated well. The holland and barretts rosehip oil comes in a smaller quantity and is much pricier, however it has great reviews.
As always, there are disadvantages to products and rosehip oil is no exception. It is important to note to not give up on a product before 12 weeks have passed and that you are using the product at the correct concentration and frequency. Even the safest products may cause reactions, so always do a patch test. With all products, everyone’s skin is different so Rosehip oil may not work for everyone. Do not use Rosehip oil with retinoids. Rosehip oil is generally safe and works for all skin types, but allergic reactions do happen so patch tests are very important.
Interestingly, around 2 months ago I had a reaction to a medication and suffered from periocular dermatitis (also known as perioral dermatitis) and anyone who has experienced it knows just how painful it is. The only product that kept my skin from getting worse until I realised the cause was rosehip oil. Periocular dermatitis is very sensitive to any products and the only cure is going without products at all, with few exceptions. One of them which you probably already guessed is rosehip oil.