Rosehip oil is a powerful natural oil loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients. This oil is harvested from the fruit of a rose flower and used in many ways. It can be consumed as a food, ingested as a supplement or applied cosmetically. There are many varieties of rosehips and the oil can be extracted from the skin of the fruit or the seeds.
It is unclear whether the oil extracted from the seeds has more nutrients or benefits than the rosehip fruit. Some people assume that rosehip oil pressed from seeds is more beneficial than rosehip oil from the fruit’s skin because it is more expensive. There is little evidence to support that this is true for cosmetic purposes. It appears that there are more antioxidants in the skin of the fruit than in the seed. Because of this, some brands like Kosmea extract oil from the seeds and use the fruit’s skin in their formula.
The variety of rosehip and the way the oil is extracted seems to be the most important factor for effectiveness. Rosa Mosqueta grows wildly in Chile, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. This type of rosehip contains essential fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin C. These fatty acids and the natural tretinoin (think Retin-A) found in vitamin A are the reason rosehip seed oil is so effective for skin care.
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Make your own pore cleansing facial toner with just a few ingredients at home. This blend of tea tree oil, alcohol-free witch hazel and rose hip seed oil gently cleans skin while refining pores.
Adding a facial toner to your skin care routine can offer several benefits to your skin. First, it adds another layer of cleansing to your routine, especially if you do not double cleanse or use a makeup remove. Toner can balance the pH of your skin after washing and is a great prep step before a chemical exfoliant like salicylic acid.
Outside of sunscreen, vitamin c in the form of ascorbic acid is one of the most important topical treatments for aging skin. It is loaded in antioxidants and if used correctly, it can reverse free radical damage and promote collagen production. I mention sunscreen because vitamin c will not protect your skin from sun damage, but it can mitigate some of the effects.
Vitamin C naturally occurs in the skin and diminishes with age, excessive exposure to ultraviolet light and exposure to smoke and pollution. Those pesky dark spots that people commonly refer to as “age spots” are not age spots at all– they occur from sun damage. While chemical peeling agents like glycolic acid can gradually reduce dark spots, they work best when paired with an antioxidant like vitamin c.
My recipe for DIY vitamin c serum has some lengthy disclaimers, but the final product will only take you a few minutes to put together. It is really important that you read this post in entirety and decide if you are willing to take the time to measure out all of your ingredients and test the pH level every time that you make it. If you are not, I would not recommend making this serum at home– you will only damage your skin. I have included instructions for storing each small batch and how to add a preservative if you want a slightly longer shelf-life.