Oil of the month for March is Rosehip and if you’ve been paying any attention to developments in natural skincare, you’ll not have missed the fact that rosehip is everybody’s new oil darling.
It’s a powerhouse for facial skincare because it helps to promote skin repair, which has positive implications for anti-ageing. Rich in phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and vitamins such as trans-retinoic acid (or Vitamin A), it helps to reduce the appearance of scars, stretchmarks and fine lines. It can also act as a complexion booster, helping to brighten dry, dull or dehydrated skin.
If you look closely, you’ll spot rosehip on the ingredients lists of many skincare products. It’s pressed from the seeds of the rosehip bush and there’s more than one variety out there – Rosa moschata, Rosa rubiginosa and the wild variety ‘Dog rose’ or Rosa canina. Both Trilogy and Pai have built their product range around this core ingredient.
The easiest way to benefit though is to use the pure, organic oil as an intensive facial treatment. If you’ve got oily or normal skin, that may be all you need as a moisturiser; if you’ve got dry or dehydrated skin (like mine), you’ll probably want to layer a complementary moisturiser over the top. Just rub a few drops between your palms and press gently into your face and neck.
To really enhance the effects, work it in with some gentle facial massage – one of the most effective ways to improve your complexion and increase the luminosity of the skin. It brings blood to the surface, which carries with it a nice hit of oxygen and nutrients to feed your face!
Start with some upward sweeping movements on your cheeks. Then hook your fingers under the zygomatic bone (posh word for cheek bone – I’m practising my anatomy terminology, sorry!) and gently sweep your fingertips outwards, from your nose to your temples. You can also work your jawline by stroking your fingers from your chin upwards and outwards to the top of your jaw bone (can’t remember the name for that one…!) and your forehead by pulling your fingers outwards in alternate strokes from your eyebrows up to your hairline. Disperse the fluids that lead to puffiness around the eyes by making gentle circles with your ring finger around the eye socket. Then finish by lighting tapping your fingertips all over your face to help bring blood to the surface.
The following brands offer rosehip oil, although it’s clear from a bit of online research that Pai is setting the gold standard for many people:
- Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Blend (currently £20 delivered on Naturisimo)
- A’Kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil (currently £11 delivered on Naturisimo)
- Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil (currently from £14.50 delivered on Naturisimo)
- Balm Balm Rosehip Serum (currently £13.25 delivered on Naturisimo)
- Melvita Rosehip Oil (currently £16.20 delivered on Naturisimo)
You can also get cold-pressed rosehip oil from aromatherapy stockists:
I use it as an enricher when doing facial massage by adding a few drops to a good facial base oil such as apricot or peach kernel. If you wanted to make a more sophisticated blend using rosehip oil, you could try one of these:
- For anti-ageing: 25ml of apricot or peach kernel oil, 5ml rosehip oil, 5 ml evening primrose oil, 4 drops frankincense, 4 drops petitgrain, 3 drops rose
- For dry or dehydrated skin: 25ml of apricot or peach kernel oil, 5 ml rosehip oil, 5ml wheatgerm oil, 4 drops Roman chamomile, 3 drops rose, 3 drops sandalwood
One final note. Remember that no ingredient – natural or otherwise – is a miracle worker. A lot of skincare advertising bangs on at length about ‘instant’ results and ‘transformations’. Rosehip is a powerful oil, but you’ll need time to see true results. Most people would need to use the oil for at least 6-8 weeks to see a noticeable difference in the tone or texture of their skin.