Rosehip oil is a dry oil that penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin where it regenerates cells, increasing collagen production. (Note that rosehip oil and rosehip seed oil are the same thing; you’ll see it marketed under either name). It is rich in vitamin C, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, all of which are known to help heal scar tissue. It is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and brightens skin. Essentially, it’s anti-aging, healing, and brightening.
I first tried rosehip oil with some fear, and didn’t notice particular results within the first three days – but oh, I did after the fourth day. This stuff plumps and brightens and improves the texture of my skin like no other. I’ve tried going off it several times, to try other types of skincare, and I always notice the negative results in my skin immediately and go back to it. It gives a positive glow and makes my skin healthier and younger-looking. Many people make an elixir of three oils, but because I use tea tree oil in my toner, and apply a brand moisturizer either before or after it, I haven’t pursued that option (if I ever switch to using oils-only for my daily skincare, which I do hope to at some point, then I will).
Because rosehip oil is a “dry” oil, it’s best to either add another, more moisturizing oil to it, or pair it with a separate moisturizer. I generally apply either my Kiehls Ultra Facial moisturizer or Korres Wild Rose moisturizer before or after rubbing a few drops of rosehip oil all over my face (I haven’t found that the order of application matters).
Rosehip oil varies a lot in quality as far as what’s sold, so it’s important to get a higher quality one. I’ve used Radha Rosehip Oil for over a year and been super satisfied. It retails for $15 on Amazon and, because I use only a few drops per day, one bottle lasts for months. Whatever brand you buy, make sure the container is dark enough to block light, since rosehip oil is diluted by light exposure and any reputable brand will make sure it’s in a light-resistant bottle.