Rose hip oil is a treasure for skin care. It nourishes and protects skin from environmental damage and aging.
There are two types of rose oil. The oil that comes from the flowers (rose petal oil) is mainly used in perfumery. However the most precious one is the oil that is extracted from the plant’s seeds (rose hip oil). This oil is loaded with nutrients that can help the skin repair itself from daily environmental damage. The oil can be used in small drops on the skin, or as one of the active ingredients in facial moisturizers and anti aging serums.
Vitamin C Benefits
One of the active ingredients in rose hip oil for skin care is vitamin C. This nutrient is known for its ability to tighten skin and increase collagen production. Vitamin C is also responsible for fighting free radicals, which break down the skin and are one of the leading causes of aging skin and wrinkles. Another beneficial properties of vitamin C in rose hip oil are abilities to accelerate healing times, reversing the damage done to DNA, and helping the body fight the tendency to create keloid scars.
Vitamin A Benefits
Rose hip oil also contains vitamin A, which is commonly known as retinol. Vitamin A helps to protect the skin from free radicals and repair damaged cells, but can cause acne breakouts if used in excessive amounts. Vitamin A in rose hip oil may help prevent wrinkles by mitigating damage from environmental pathogens and speeding up the body’s natural healing time.
Fatty Acid Benefits
Rose hip oil also contains healthy amount of fatty acids, especially Omega-6 fatty acids, which help repair damaged skin cells, to get rid of wrinkles and produce healthy skin. Without the essential fatty acids, it is common to develop dry flaky skin on face, which can then lead to inflammation and blotchy skin. The fatty acids in rose hip oil can also prevent sun damage, especially when used in combination with a sunscreen moisturizer.