You might have used a number of creams and essential oils while undergoing a skin needling procedure. Speaking of essential oils – the rose hip (or rosehip) essential oil is almost always the first (and the most recommended) choice made by those who are into skin needling.
In one of the first scientific studies conducted in 1983, a team of researchers in the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Concepcion (a prestigious university in Chile) found that rose hip oil “produced an effective regenerative action on the skin.”
Celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Miranda Kerr swear by rose hip oil. It is an essential oil derived from the seeds and seed cases of fruits of the rose plant. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that are supposed to do wonders to your skin.
The “miracle oil”
Rose hip oil is hailed as the “miracle oil” by many beauty enthusiasts.
With a regular and continuous application of rose hip oil, it will effectively help in attenuating acne scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. It also helps in slowing down skin aging, regaining the skin’s natural color and tone, and retaining its original elasticity (and even increasing it).
In a recent discovery, rose hip oil has a natural source of topical trans-retinoic acid (or vitamin A), which produces the benefits of Tretinoin (the main ingredient in a commercial product called Renova), but without secondary side effects. When applied topically, it can treat a variety of skin disorders such as acne scars, premature wrinkles, and deep wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and fine lines. It also boosts the regenerative attributes of your skin cells, repairing those unpleasant-looking marks and spots on your skin.
As to the question of whether rose hip oil can also reduce stretch marks: it has a high concentration of essential fatty acids which help in retaining and improving your skin’s health and elasticity. When rose hip oil is used together with derma rolling, it can accelerate in reducing unsightly stretch marks due to pregnancy, rapid weight gain or rapid weight loss, etc. When used regularly, you can really see a big difference. Rose hip oil can also be used to reduce post-traumatic scars on different parts of the body.
Plus, rose hip oil has amazing anti-inflammatory properties which may assist in reducing soreness and inflammation of damaged skin. That’s why rose hip oil is excellent in soothing pain and redness of the skin after derma rolling. It also restores the skin’s natural softness and suppleness because of its natural moisturizing properties.
Recent scientific findings conclude that rose hip oil can counteract the effects of sun exposure and damage. This amazing oil is rich in vitamins A and C which help in minimizing sunburns from UVB exposure, as long as the oil is used continuously. For people who love to soak under the sun, rose hip oil is highly recommended as part of their protective arsenal against the sun’s rays.
How to buy a good quality rose hip oil?
If you want to get the best product, you should purchase an organic and cold-pressed rose hip oil. “100% rose hip oil” means it is pure, unrefined and unadulterated rose hip oil, with no additives and preservatives.
To distinguish a good quality rosehip oil, first, you should look at its color and consistency. It should always have a smooth but dense consistency, never thin.
As to the smell of a good-quality rose hip oil, many people who buy this oil are expecting it to have an aromatic smell, like the scent of roses. But rose hip oil, in fact, smells close to dried straw, hay or autumnal leaves. But other people have their own opinions regarding its odor – they say rose hip oil smells like cold tea or even cider!
Pure rose hip oil can expire rather quickly, with a maximum shelf life of only about six months. Rose hip oil with additives such as other essential oils may help extend its shelf life. Inappropriately packed and bottled rose hip oil can shorten its shelf life and can go rancid pretty fast. You can tell that by its disagreeably strong odor.