Using rosehip oil for anti aging is something that Miranda Kerr, The Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyenth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham all have in common. While that is some great endorsement for the oil, is it really that good?
Rosehip oil (not to be confused with rose oil) is extracted from the fruit or ‘hip’ of the rose after it’s flowered and the petals have dropped. It is not an essential oil, but a carrier oil that is the skincare choice of many celebrities because of its ability to keep their skin free of blemishes, wrinkles and dryness.
Let’s take a look at what is so great (if anything) about rosehip oil for anti aging and how you can use it.
Why Is Rosehip Oil Good for Your Skin?
Rosehip oil is loaded with nutrients that are all good for your skin. These include essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, all of which help to improve skin condition and appearance.
The fatty acids in rosehip oil, linoleic and linolenic acid, help keep skin hydrated. They work to strengthen cell walls and minimize the loss of fluid. This makes it not only great for helping dry, itching skin but also maintaining hydration for any type of skin. The fatty acids also act as emollients helping to improve skin flexibility
Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and K are all present in rosehip oil. While each has different roles to play, together they make it a regenerative and healing oil suitable for all skin types. The vitamins help with regenerating cells, improving elasticity and boosting radiance.
Antioxidants also add to the skin enhancing properties of rosehip oil. They help to lighten skin (lycopene, beta-carotene), stimulate collagen production (Vitamin C) and improve skin texture and tone (Vitamin A).
Is Rosehip Oil Good for Aging Skin?
Thanks to the properties listed above, the anti aging benefits of rosehip oil are impressive. While rosehip oil can be used on any skin, it is particularly good in improving aging skin. It works to increase moisture levels while reducing the visible signs of aging. Here’s why:
- The high levels of antioxidants in rosehip oil, make it one of the best fighters of free radicals. Protecting your skin against free radicals will help alleviate visible signs of aging such as sun damaged and wrinkled skin.
- Rosehip oil’s fatty acids are readily absorbed into the skin and help to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated. This re-hydrat