Rosehip Seed Oil is an ingredient we may take for granted, but rosehip oil gets things done. Organic rosehip oil is a beauty superhero. We’ve recently featured it in shampoos, skin, and body treatments. Let’s examine the research on this beauty powerhouse. Plus, see some of our favorite products that use Rosehip Seed Oil.
What is Rosehip Seed Oil?
Rosehip Seed Oil is also known as Rosa Canina Seed Oil. It comes from the fruit and seeds of the rosa canina rose bush. The fruit and seeds are packed with nutrients.
Rosehip Seed Oil is both a treating and a hydrating ingredient. It offers the benefits of Vitamin C and Retinol serums (Vitamin A). It refines texture and lightens dark spots but without the skin irritation associated with the aforementioned actives.
When unrefined, Rosehip Oil retains more of the benefits. It also carries a heavy scent. Refined Rosehip oil has far less scent but fewer benefits. Cold-pressed Rosehip oil retains maximum benefits.
Rosehip Research RoundUp: What Rosehip Oil Does
Rich in nutrients and vitamins, Rosehip Seed Oil addresses multiple skin concerns at once.
Wild Rosehip Oil is high in Vitamins A, C, and E. They provide nutrients, fade acne scars and promote cell turnover.
Reduce Wrinkles, Keep Skin Hydrated
Rose Hip oil retains moisture in the skin cells. Vitamins E and C work synergistically to keep skin hydrated during rejuvenation. This hydration reduces wrinkles and improves skin elasticity. 
Skin That Glows, Dry Skin Relief
Rosehip oil has omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 makes skin glow, as well as soothe and moisturize eczema or dry skin.  It is also useful to soothe the skin from any irritation. I find it works well on acne scars and rougher skin areas.
Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil retains linoleic acid. Linoleic acid (Vitamin F) is an omega-6 fatty acid with skin barrier-strengthening, healing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. It is the predominant fat in skin cells. This forms a lipid barrier that holds moisture in skin cells, which keeps skin at optimal hydration levels.
Rosehip oil is collagen enhancing and preserving. It contains Vitamins A and C for collagen production.
Rosehip has one hundred times more C than an orange. Studies show topical Vitamin C application creates meaningful anti-aging change within 60 days. Improvements were seen in all ages groups and were notable for improvement to the thickness of the epidermis and dermis.  Rosehip oil delivers potent Vitamin C without the irritation found in many topical Cs.
Rosehip oil also inhibits MMP-1, an enzyme that breaks down collagen within the body. 
Rosehip Oil contains powerful antioxidants to remove toxins and improve skin texture. Visible results can be seen especially quickly on sun-damaged skin.
Redness, Rosacea & Skin Tone
Rosehip oil has retinoic acid. This clears red marks, uneven skin tone and even helps rosacea.
Hair & Scalp Health
Healthy scalps grow healthy hair, Rosehip oil balances oil production for clearer scalp skin. Vitamin E keeps brittle hair hydrated. Rosehip oil combined with a carrier oil makes for a wonderful scalp massage.
Favorite Products With Rosehip Seed Oil
We have featured several skin and hair care products that use Rosehip Seed Oil. Check out some of our favorites in the article “SCIENCE OF SKINCARE: FAVORITE PRODUCTS FEATURING ROSEHIP SEED OIL”
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- Grajzer, Magdalena, et al. “Characteristics of rose hip (Rosa canina L.) cold-pressed oil and its oxidative stability studied by the differential scanning calorimetry method.” Food Chemistry 188 (2015): 459-466.
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