Rosehip Oil For the Face

Application of rosehip oil. Skin care regime.

The constituents of rosehip oil are responsible for great skin rejuvenating properties for the skin and the face. The essential fatty acids, the antioxidants and vitamin C can help repair damage to the skin of the face and restore some degree of elasticity.


In essence, it could be considered as being better than Botox (certainly a lot more natural and much much cheaper).

So in what respects is it so good for the face?

Anti-Aging and Wrinkles

Using rosehip oil on the face can reduce the signs of aging, in particularly fine lines and wrinkles. The mechanism that is often quoted is that the vitamin C antioxidants present in rosehip oil can stimulate the production of collagen to reduce the wrinkles and fine lines. It is also absorbed into the skin more efficiently than many other natural and proprietary products which facilitates better moisturising of the skin.


All of us have probably suffered to some extent from acne at some stage in our lives. For most of us it is just a minor inconvenience. However, for others it can be a significant issue and radically affect their self esteem and quality of life. Frequent and consistent application of rosehip oil to the face has been reported as reducing the intensity and/or frequency of acne breakouts for some people.

This might be a little surprising that adding an oil to an oily face might be beneficial but rosehip oil is considered to be comparatively non greasy and well absorbed by the skin. However, it should be noted that not all facial skins react positively to the application of rosehip oil so either consult a suitable health care professional before applying (or if you want to go ahead and try anyway then just start with a small patch test).


There have been research studies carried out that regular use of rosehip oil can reduce and even eliminate some facial scars and skin blemishes. This is the case for a range of scars including burns, some acne scars, chicken pox, etc.


Some women will swear by rosehip oil as a moisturiser for their dry skin. If you wish to try using it as a facial moisturiser then the normal recommendation is that you massage a few drops into your face at night, just before bed.

Repair From Sun Damage

We would not recommend using rosehip oil to specifically protect your face from the harmful UV rays of the sun – it is oft suggested that the best skin care product that exists is a high factor sun block.   However, those great chemical components of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin C present in rosehip oil appear to tackle the damage that the sun does to the face.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Rosehip Research

Rosehip for rheumatoid arthritis

Whilst many of the advantages and benefits of using rosehip oil come from topical application to the face, some researchers are investigating other potential uses for the cocktail of chemicals that are present in rosehip oil. For example, research has been carried out into how rosehip oil may help sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.

In a 2009 research study (1) the investigators found that a powder made from rosehips reduced the pain and symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

In the study 89 people who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis were included in a double-blind placebo controlled study. Half of the study group were given a daily dose of 5g of rosehip powder in a capsulated form, the other half were given a placebo. They were instructed to take their capsules for a total time of 6 months after which time they were assessed using a Health Assessment Questionnaire and also a physician’s evaluation of disease activity.

The results of the questionnaire were encouraging as there was a statistically significant improvement in the rosehip group. The results of the placebo group deteriorated. The physician’s evacuation also indicated a significant improvement in the rosehip group with respect to the placebo. It should be noted that there was no difference in the intake of pain medication between the two groups.

The reason why rosehip powder may be good for rheumatoid arthritis is not clear although it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties are well established. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis then it may be the case the taking rosehip oil may be an appropriate adjunct to your existing medications although it is recommended that you talk to your doctor before you take the supplement.

(1) S. N. Willicha, K. Rossnagela et al “Rose hip herbal remedy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis – a randomised controlled trial”   Phytomedicine Vol 17 Issue 2, Feb 2010, Pg 87-93

Top Ten Uses of Rosehip Oil

Uses of Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil has come to the forefront of people’s attention when it comes to natural skin care products. It has a great many of different uses and has the advantage that even a high quality rosehip oil is as good as many of the more expensive proprietary brands. The uses of rosehip oil though don’t just stop at skin care as it can be used for hair and nail care, for example. The following top ten list gives just some of the uses for rosehip oil.

1. Wrinkles and the Signs of Premature Ageing

Many women who use rosehip oil on a regular basis claim that it is effective in the fight against wrinkles (in conjunction with sun block). Some research has indicated that this is most likely due to a retinal derivative that is present in rosehip oil (although the fatty acids and antioxidants that are constituents of rosehip oil are also great for the skin).

2. Acne

Many of those who suffer from acne who have tried using rosehip oil have found that it has improved the quality of their skin, reducing the intensity and severity of their acne. The combination of vitamins A and C and the fatty acids provides a combination of anti-microbial and cellular regeneration properties.

However, be aware that it is not suitable for all types of skins. In particular if your skin is very oily then it is probably best to seek professional advice before using it.

3. Treatment of Scars

Rosehip oil has been proven effective at reducing acne scars and skin blemishes. When used on a regular basis, it appears that such skin damage will become less pronounced. In addition, under medical advice, it may be useful for minor burns, chicken pox and other types of scars.

4. Dry Skin/Moisturiser

The high content of essential fatty acids present in rosehip oil make it a great candidate as a facial skin moisturiser. Typically women will apply it at night, just before going to bed and wake up in the morning with their skin feeling good.

In addition, if you suffer from dry elbows and/or knees then it is reported as being particularly effective.

5. Dry Hair

If you have ever suffered with dry or damaged hair then an easy solution is at hand using rosehip oil. Just heat some up in a bowl (making sure it is warm but not hot) and then simply massage it into your hair and your scalp. Leave it for about an hour (if you can steam your hair after the massage for a few minutes then great but if not then it is not an essential step). Wash your hair meticulously and once dry, your hair will be revitalised and soft.

6. Dandruff

Whilst there may be oils and treatments that may be better and more effective, if you suffer from dandruff and have rosehip oil at hand, then simply massaging it into the scalp can provide some benefits.

7. Psoriasis

If you have suffered from psoriasis for a while and are not having much luck in addressing it effectively, then it is probably worth trying rosehip oil. The treatment basically just involves massaging the oil into the affected areas several times a day (in conjunction with aloe vera is recommended by some advocates).

8. Rosacea

Although there is no known cure for Rosacea, there are many who support the use of rosehip oil to help manage the condition. Anecdotal evidence has found that with regular and continued application, the appearance of the skin can be improved although it must be noted that it is not a suitable treatment for all sufferers so if you are thinking of using it then please talk to your skin care professional.

9. Sunburn

Rosehip oil does not provide protection for the skin from the sun but if you have been sunburnt then gently massaging a few drops onto the sunburn can provide almost instant relief. However, please talk to your doctor if the sunburn is anything more than just minor.

10. Arthritis

Whilst all of the previous uses have been external , there have been some research studies that suggest that taking rosehip oil may reduce the pain associated with both osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. As with any such treatment please discuss first with your doctor before you start taking the supplement.




How to Apply Rosehip Oil

Application of rosehip oil. Skin care regime.


Chances are if you are on this website then you are considering using rosehip oil on your face as part of your skin care regime. It might have been suggested to you by a skin care consultant or a friend or you may have stumbled across information on the internet about how rosehip oil may be good for your skin.   Many women do recommend using it as a moisturiser and for a wide range of skin conditions.

However, there isn’t a great deal of information available online about how best to use rosehip oil.

If you search the suppliers of rosehip oil then they simply suggest that you apply 2 or 3 drops directly to the face morning and night. Some suggest that the skin still be damp after washing and cleansing as it may facilitate easier absorption of the rosehip oil by the skin. The application is by gentle circular massaging strokes using fingertips. Some claim that this aids stimulation of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Searching online forums have found that some women have not found this particularly successful, particularly if they suffer from dry skin when the rosehip oil may not soak into the skin particularly fruitfully. They have had more success when they have mixed it with their favourite moisturiser.

Other women who feel that they have a greasier or oily skin observe that they do not use rosehip oil during the skin as it seems to exacerbate the greasy appearance of their skin (even if it does feel as though it absorbs well). They are restricted to using it as a night-time skin moisturiser.