A few years ago, I threw away my makeup, my face cream and my other “beauty products. ” That’s because they contained potentially dangerous chemicals. Some of these substances are carcinogenic, or suspected to be, and there’s nothing pretty about that.
Instead, I started using plant-based substitutes. At the time, I assumed they wouldn’t do a good job, and that I wouldn’t like them. But I was wrong. Natural ingredients are compatible with your body. They appear to strengthen your skin and hair. They nourish and renew, with results I believe are superior to anything that can be cooked up in a lab.
Today, one of my favorite moisturizers is pure organic rosehip seed oil. This is taken from the “hip,” or bulb of the flowering rose. It’s loaded with real Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.
Vitamin C is considered a good support for the production of collagen, a protein found in connective tissues. Our skin is made up mainly of collagen. However, as we age, our collagen stores decrease, and our skin begins to sag. This is why so many high-end face creams contain both plant collagen and ascorbic acid, often confused with Vitamin C (more on this later).
Rosehip Seed Oil Benefits for Skin
As a middle-aged woman, I need all the collagen I can get, if I don’t want to look in the mirror and see wrinkles. So I’m using pure rosehip seed oil, in order to add whole natural Vitamin C directly to my skin. This is the nutrient that’s needed to manufacture two amino acids, which, in turn, produce collagen.
Rosehip seed oil is very rich in real Vitamin C. This is not the same thing as ascorbic acid, which is added to many commercial moisturizers. Although ascorbic acid, an isolate, is not a bad thing, I’d much rather have the entire vitamin, rather than a laboratory-made derivative. Rosehip seed oil supplies this in abundance. Plus, it probably contains a host of other natural compounds that help this vitamin do its job. Although some of these may not have been studied, we do know that it contains a number of essential fatty acids, which are also good for the skin.
In addition, Vitamin C is considered very good at mopping up free radicals. These are unstable molecules that can damage collagen, and contribute to aging.
Please understand this is written from the perspective of personal experience. I’m not making any claims, that anyone else will see the same benefits I did.
Where Can I Buy Rosehip Seed Oil?
A number of different companies now sell rosehip seed oil. This is a readily available, renewable resource. It’s a thick liquid. Although it often comes in essential oil bottles, by the same companies who make these aromatics, it’s not a true essential oil. Its smell is rather bland, and bears no resemblance to the flowering rose.
The first brand of rosehip seed oil I purchased was from Now Foods. This is a company I buy from often, and have purchased a lot of essential oils from. So far, I haven’t been disappointed. The rosehip seed oil came in the familiar one-ounce bottle. Since I’d never used it before, I was surprised at how thick it was. It took a little effort to get it out of the bottle, but once I used it, I did notice my skin seemed softer and the crows feet around my eyes appeared less noticeable.
Even though this oil is not USDA-certified organic, I’m not worried about putting it on my face because I know the company doesn’t use plants treated with pesticides and other chemicals.
Cold Pressed Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
Happy with the results from my first bottle of rosehip seed oil, I decided to try another brand for comparison. The Now Foods oil is thick and clear colored. The Aura Cacia USDA-certified organic oil is also thick but it has a yellowish, orange tinge. It also comes in a pump bottle, making it easier to use. It seems to work even better than the Now brand, although I was also happy with the results from that bottle. Although I can confidently recommend either one of these oils, I really like the Aura Cacia brand.
One tip on using rosehip seed oil. You’ll probably want to apply it right after you shower, and just before you get dressed. That’s because the pump tends to squirt and you could end up with rosehip seed oil on your clothes, like I’ve done.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.