Katharine Lee Bates once said that when love planted a rose, the whole world became sweet. She could not have been more right. She however did not mention that aside from sweetness, there was healing as well. Seeds of musk rose and sweet briar wild rose varieties have served the Andean Indian communities of Chile for years. The magical skin healing powers of the rose hip oil are now available to the rest of the world. The rose hips (fruits left behind after the rose petals fall off) give the oil through cold-press extraction method. The oil consists of four essential ingredients that make it appropriate for skin care. These ingredients are vitamins C and E, B-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A, and essential fatty acids. The benefits of Rose Hip Oil when applied externally include:
- Anti-aging effects
- Prevents photo aging
- Elimination of scars
- Natural eczema and acne treatment
- Improves skin texture
- It is all natural
Anti-aging effects – The rose hip oil has anti-oxidants that penetrate deep into the inner layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production. The anti-oxidants in the oil help the skin retain its plumpness making it appear firm, tight and without the sagged feeling that comes with age. The omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids help repair damaged skin cells while rejuvenating existing tissue giving you a healthier, younger look.
Prevents photo aging – One of the harsh effects of UV radiations on the face and skin is photo aging. This may appear as wrinkles, discolorations or sunspots. The properties of rose hip oil are effective in combating damages that exposure to UV radiations may bring. The anti-oxidants eradicate the free radicals that damage the skin. Vitamin A and the oil’s fatty acids on the other hand improve the texture and tone of your skin as well as its pigmentation while the vitamin C present helps stimulate collagen production as such, helping the skin regenerate.
Elimination of scars – The fatty acids contained in rose hip oil promote skin regeneration, an important factor in eliminating scars. The fatty acids also act as emollients that improve your skin’s permeability and flexibility. Emollients are a good ingredient in skin repair and together with vitamin E; they blot out the scars because of their abilities to improve texture and tone of the skin.
Natural eczema and acne remedy – The fatty acids in the rose hip oil prevent itchiness that stress and shampoo use may bring about. People with eczema and acne can benefit from the oil’s moisturizing nature. It has healing abilities and can help eradicate these two skin conditions leaving your skin looking young, firm and free of blemishes.
Improves skin texture – Rose hip oil is a natural source of lycopene, a very powerful anti-oxidant. It does among other things, stimulate skin regeneration and improve the texture. The vitamin A in the oil penetrates deep into the skin’s layers, moisturizing it while reducing or altogether eliminating the emergence of lines and wrinkles.
It is all natural – Rose hip oil has a host of ingredients that offer unrivalled skin healing and rejuvenation properties. The vitamin C and lycopene contained in this oil offers far safer solutions to restoring your skin’s elasticity, repairing the surface and delaying the appearance of wrinkles. It is a better alternative compared to Botox.