Rosehip Oil Benefits

Many people look to nature to provide solutions for their health, wellness and beauty products. A lot of the products that stock the shelves of the supermarkets and pharmacies are promoted as natural.

Even the pharmaceutical industry looks to nature for many of its trial products. One of the most successful natural ingredients that is used for a multitude of conditions is rosehip oil.

Benefits of rosehip oil

If you are looking for a brighter complexion, reduce the impact of scarring or acne or you want a natural product for shinier and healthier hair, then it is worthwhile investigating some of the benefits of rosehip oil.

Rosehip oil is normally extracted from the wild rose, "Rosa Mosqueta", which is found in the southern part of Chile. The "hip" is the fruit of the rose plant and continues a multitude of fatty acids and other components that are responsible for the wonderful properties of rosehip oil.

The oil which is produced via a cold press extraction process, contains:
− linoleic acid (omega- 6 fatty acid) which can play a role in the structure of the membranes of the cells
− oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid) which is considered as keeping skin supple and moist
− linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid) is a good skin moisturiser
− antioxidants, beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamin C, which are important for protection from free radical damage

The various components of rosehip oil bring about a unique combination that is great for the skin. The fatty acids are essential for the health of our skin yet the body is unable to manufacture them. The antioxidants are considered to be effective for reducing and slowing the signs of ageing.

Specific benefits of rosehip oil include:
− great natural skin care moisturiser
− research has indicated that it may have benefits for reducing some scars
− aids in reducing redness associated with facial rosacea
− improves appearance of psoriasis scars
− many acne sufferers find that it can be improve the quality of their skin
− reduces the appearance of premature aging skin as it can reduce wrinkles, crow's feet and fine lines
− great treatment for dry skin
− good for your after sun skin care regime.

Rosehip oil is very readily absorbed by the skin and doesn't leave the oily residue that many beauty and skin care products do.

A couple of factors that you may need to be aware of is that pure rosehip oil has a relatively short shelf life and many suppliers recommend that it be stored in a cool place such as a refrigerator . Also it may be that a significant proportion of the vitamin C contained in the hip may be lost during the extraction process and it is not unusual for vitamin C from other sources to be added to skin-care products (although this is not necessarily to the detriment of the product as the vitamin C in rosehip buds is no more effective than other cheaper sources).

The effectiveness of rosehip oil products may be limited if you have oily skin. Allergies to the oil are rare but always advisable to perform spot tests, particularly if you are aware that you have sensitivity to particular products.

In summary, rosehip oil potentially great benefits particularly as both a preventative therapy and a restorative treatment. When considering purchasing any products then check out online rosehip oil reviews as the quality of the various products can vary significantly and it is generally recommended that items containing 100% pure oil are preferable as some of the blended products may contain lower levels of active ingredients.