Rosehip Oil – The Royal Seal of Approval
When it emerged in 2015 that rosehip oil was a key element in the Duchess of Cambridge’s daily beauty regimen, especially during pregnancy, its popularity went sky-high.
The world’s Royal watchers have long admired the Duchess’s radiant, English rose complexion, not least when she’s been pregnant. The news that rosehip oil is part of her secret rapidly made it a must-have item among fans around the globe.
With ringing endorsements from several other high profile celebrities and supermodels, including Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow, rosehip oil is fast becoming an iconic beauty product. Since these ladies can easily afford the most luxurious and expensive beauty products known to man, it’s a big tick in the box for a humble essential oil if it’s become their go-to choice for skincare.
How is rosehip oil made?
Rosehip oil (also known as rosehip seed oil) is extracted by a cold pressing process from the seeds of wild rose bushes – Rosa Moschata, Rosa Rubiginosa or Rosa Canina – that grow freely in many regions of the world. The fruit is processed along with the seeds, which increases the yield of nutrients, including additional vitamin A, lycopene and beta-carotene, and also lends it an appealing rosy glow.
The method of extraction is essential to ensuring production of the very best quality oil. Top quality oils are very pale clear red or amber, similar to rosé wine, and have an earthy, woody fragrance with a herby edge, in contrast to the floral scent of the rose itself.
So what’s all the fuss about?
We’ve summarised some of the properties and the potential benefits of this marvellously hydrating oil, so you have the facts at your fingertips.
Abundant skin-kind vitamins – Rosehip oil is positively bursting with vitamins A, C, D and E. These nutrients are all known for their antioxidant properties and there’s a fair bit of evidence that they can assist in keeping skin youthful and healthy-looking.
Natural plumping effect – If you take a look at the labels of many top-selling proprietary skincare products, you’ll see ‘oleic’ and ‘linoleic’ acid listed among the key ingredients. It just so happens that rosehip oil is naturally rich in these essential fatty acids, noted for their anti-ageing and moisturising properties since they boost skin hydration and elasticity.
Free from harmful ingredients or additives – another reason pregnant women have become such fans of rosehip oil is that it’s entirely natural and contains no unsafe ingredients which could potentially harm a growing baby. It’s an organic 100% pure plant oil with no added fragrances, preservatives or colours, so it can safely applied to the skin during pregnancy.
How to use rosehip oil
A few drops of this organic beauty booster can be either massaged directly into the skin, morning and night, wherever it’s needed, after cleansing and before applying moisturiser. But you may even find that rosehip oil does the trick and you can say goodbye to your moisturiser.
Who’ll benefit from rosehip oil?
This wonder-worker can help to deliver all-over nourishment and repair for optimum skin health, producing radiant, rejuvenated skin. No matter what your age or skin type, you’ll feel its benefits but it’s especially effective for dehydrated or ageing skin and during pregnancy. If you suffer from acne, though, there’s a note of caution as it may aggravate the condition.
Surely all those A-listers can’t be wrong! Rosehip oil is a beauty multitasker which really does deserve to be in pride of place in your daily skincare regime.