Why Rosehip Seed Oil Is My Skincare Superstar (Health Benefits and Uses)

Rosehip Seed Oil -- health benefits and skincare usesSince taking an essential oils workshop a little over a year ago, I’ve turned into this crazy oil lady. Kind of like a crazy cat lady, except instead of cats slinking around all over my apartment, I have little vials of oil overflowing every drawer and bathroom shelf. And I definitely get the same eye rolls from friends when I’m offering them such-and-such oil to cure their such-and-such ailment as I’d probably get if I were introducing them to Nibbles, my eleventh pet cat…

Pfff what do they know, anyway.

There are countless different essential oils out there, all with different health benefits and uses (and some with very similar health benefits and uses), but when it comes to skincare, rosehip seed oil has become a standout favorite of mine. I should point out that if you hear one person telling you coconut oil is the best for skincare, another swearing by grape seed oil, and have me over here brown-nosing rosehip seed oil, don’t feel confused. Many essential oils have similar skincare benefits, and it comes down to personal preference—one isn’t necessarily better than another; the bottom line is that oils, in general, are amazing. Find the ones that work for you!

Rosehip seed oil has become my personal favorite because I love the smell; the consistency works well with my skin type; and it’s particularly amazing for repairing sun damage and discoloration, which is a major concern of mine seeing as I grew up on a beach, lifeguarded throughout college, and still am an admitted sun worshipper.

Rosehip Seed Oil -- health benefits and skincare uses

Rosehip Seed Oil Quick Facts:

  • Comes from the seeds of the rosehip fruit, a wild plant that grows in Chile
  • Extremely high in essential fatty acids (over 70% of the rosehip seed is fatty acid)
  • Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, especially Vitamin C, Vitamin A (retinol), and linoleic and linolenic acids—all superstars for skin and hair health
  • Was used by the Ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for its healing properties

Health & Skincare Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil

  • Corrects UV damage from the sun
  • Reduces appearance of scars, burns and stretch marks
  • Treats fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Great for eczema and psoriasis
  • Evens skin tone = awesome if you have hyper-pigmentation, age spots or other minor skin discolorations

I wanted to focus on skin care, but it’s also great for brittle nails and damaged hair (which all go hand in hand).

Rosehip Seed Oil -- health benefits and skincare uses

How I Use Rosehip Seed Oil in My Skincare Routine

I used to really struggle with my oily skin—I had shine marks in all pictures taken with a flash, I’d have to wash my face multiple times a day, and I always seemed to have pimples. It seems counterintuitive that putting oils on my face would help reduce my natural over-production of oil, but it has totally balanced things out. Oils (and especially rosehip oil) are now a permanent part of my skincare routine—I’m obsessed!

As a makeup remover. I put a bit on a cotton pad and rub it over my eyelids to remove my eye makeup before washing my face at night. It works better than any makeup remover I’ve bought in stores.

Rosehip Seed Oil -- health benefits and skincare usesContrary to my facial expression, rosehip seed oil is not deathly boring.

In a toner spray. I love reading interviews with professional models about the skincare products they use (I mean, it’s their job to have amazing skin!), and again and again kept seeing rosehip seed oil come up. One in particular mentioned Rosehip Tonique by Eminence (an organic skincare line) as being great for balancing out oily skin. I’ve been using it for about six months now and love it. I should also add that I swear this toner smells a little bit like beer…which might be why I like it so much…

In a moisturizer and as a moisturizer. Rosehip seed oil is often described as a “dry” oil (one that is easily absorbed into your skin, leaving no oily residue). I don’t find this to be completely the case, however. It definitely absorbs into my skin, but it also leaves my face and neck looking greasy (I have naturally oily skin, so I’m sure this is a partial cause). For this reason, I can’t use pure rosehip seed oil as a daily moisturizer, and only do so at night.

  • Daytime moisturizer: I use Rosehip Whip Moisturizer by Eminence. It’s light enough to apply before putting on makeup, but still leaves my skin feeling hydrated—I love it!
  • Nighttime moisturizer: I’ll apply rosehip seed oil directly to my face and neck with a cotton pad and let it sit there for 10-20 minutes or so as I finish up getting ready for bed. I’ll then take another cotton pad and gently wipe off any excess before going to sleep. In the morning, my skin feels so smooth and amazing!

Rosehip Seed Oil -- health benefits and skincare uses

For cuts. I made the fatal mistake of wearing a new pair of heels out to a club last month (dancing + alcohol + new heels = foot homicide) and the result was not pretty. I had a scab on the back of my ankle that was literally like 4 inches thick. Don’t all line up to date me at once, boys.

Anyway, rosehip oil is said to help prevent the formation of scar tissue. I’ve been rubbing rosehip seed oil on my battle wound at night and the discoloration is almost all gone. No scar for me!

For dry, cracked heels. This winter in Boston has been brutally cold (although it does happen to be nice out today), and as a result my feet have been super sandpaper-y. I’ve been rubbing some rosehip seed oil into them with a cotton pad and then add a thicker moisturizer and it’s helped massively.

Where to Buy Rosehip Seed Oil

I buy my rosehip seed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs, but countless skincare companies have it as well. I personally liked Mountain Rose Herbs right from the get-go because just by the website you can tell the company is run by a bunch of tree-hugging hippies. When it comes to natural, organic products…I trust hippies. :)

I also like that MRH’s rosehip seed oil is cold-pressed. It can also be extracted through a heating process (not that I totally understand either to be perfectly honest), but I’ve read that this slow-cooking can alter and damage some of the nutrients. Cold-pressed is the way to go. It’s recommended that you keep the rosehip oil refrigerated, which I actually just found out about (whoops), but even if you don’t, it’s said to have a two-year shelf-life.

Do you use rosehip seed oil? What are some of your other favorite oils for skincare?

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For the sake of keeping things real, I just wanted to add that the links to Mountain Rose Herbs are affiliate links (if you go to their site and buy something, I get a teeny tiny percentage of the sale). However, I had been buying and loving Mountain Rose Herbs products for almost a year before I found out about their affiliate program and applied, so I assure you none of my opinions are influenced by the four cents commission I might make off your potential rosehip seed oil purchase. :)

Comments

  1. I use apricot kernel oil and argan oil. Both have exactly the same health and skincare benefits as your rosehip seed oil :-) I use the oil as a day cream, as a makeup remover, in my hear and to cure my psoriasis.

  2. So informative! I use essential oils and all organic products, but I’ve never tried rosehip oil. Lately, I’ve been using jojoba oil and love it.

  3. Count me in! Your review of this oil sound perfect for me :) I got you get the percentage from my purchase! :)

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  4. I use krill oil and really, it has amazing benefits. It protects me from UV rays, it gets absorbed easily to my skin and helps me from aging skin too.

    • Brigadoon says:

      How do you use Krill oil on the skin? – I take the pill form and broke open one and applied the oil to my skin – I smelled like seaweed or fish – please let me know what you do? (I think Krill oil is super great in the body – Do you add it to your moisterizer? )

      • I actually haven’t tried out krill oil yet (on the skin or ingesting)–but I’ll have to try it out!

        • Timothy RN says:

          Krill contains “astaxanthin” and water soluble carotenoid meaning it’s in the vitamin A family. Because it is not fat soluble like Vitamin A or retinol, there is no potential for toxicity like all fat soluble supplements. Therefore you can take a lot more of it. Astaxanthin also has the antioxidant capacity that of 550 X stronger than vitamin E. Many food items contain astaxanthin in minuscule amounts. It’s what makes lobsters turn red when boiled. It is released from algae when the algae dies. Algae will turn red when sunlight is taken away. It’s then processed to extract the bright red pigment and sold in capsules or also found in Krill oil in very small amounts as they eat algae. Krill soft gels usually contain around 1mg or less per soft gel. Best to buy it in pure form. If you could tolerate the mess I imagine applying it to the skin would be enormously beneficial however it is very thick and oily. It’s oral bioavailability is very good so oral consumption is what I would recommend. In addition to providing superior antioxidant benefit to every cell in your body. It’s best use is to protect the “macula”, the tiny little collection of specialized cells on the back of the retina. This stuff concentrates in the macula preventing macular degeneration through it’s free radical scavenging properties. The gold standard for eye protection has always been Vitamin A or beta carotene however one is limited because it is fat soluble and therefore toxic at excessive levels. Astaxanthin is now the gold standard for visual preservation. I take Krill 1000mg and Astaxantin 4mg twice daily. Thanks for reading. Good health to you all!

  5. Hi! ok, so I ordered my mountain rose herbs rose hips seed oil. i got it and it was at room temp. I had it and used it for like 3-5 days then just last night remembered to put it in the fridge. did i screw up? is it too late? is my head going to explode? (haha) no seriously, is it ok that i waited that long to put it in the fridge and should i have just left it out. should the fridge be at a certain temp. i’m freaking out. a little

    • Don’t stress about it! I actually gave up refrigerating mine because it was too much of a pain walking down to the kitchen before removing my makeup haha. So far, it seems to be fine (although I’m not an expert–maybe I’ve lost some of the nutritional value). Because my bottle is a larger quantity, I think what I’ll do next time is pour a little bit into a smaller bottle to keep in my bathroom and then store the rest of it in the refrigerator. And just take small bits out at a time. I think the refrigeration is more for extending the shelf life than anything else. Hope that helps! :)

  6. Angela says:

    hey, thanks for replying so fast. it does help a lot. i feel better. :) A

  7. Great info on rose hip oil. Lately I have been completely nutty about anything rose and I am trying to go more natural with my beauty regime and yes I am fighting all sorts of issues on my face. I will order from Mountain Rose. Have a great day, funny, pretty girl!

  8. 30daylessonsKari says:

    Do you know if you can use this oil during pregnancy? I’m getting conflicting results on the net. Thank you! :)

    • Honestly I have no idea so I did some google research myself. And yes pple are divided on this so I can only tell you what I WOULD DO if I were pregnant. I would continue using rosehip seed oil as I love it for my face and from what I gather it is dangerous to ingest high doses of vitamin A or use retinol, retin-A creams etc. But then who in the world would ingest high amounts of vitamin A, pregnant or not? Also I am completely against retinol creams as the speeding up of cell turnover is totally unnatural and dries out the skin on a grand scale. Good luck with your choice and congrats!

      • Thanks so much for your reply! I was thinking along the same lines. I’m not pregnant yet, but am trying to make better (and more natural) choices regarding my skincare before I do become pregnant :). I’ll definitely give rosehip seed oil a try! I even saw it in some “belly creams” marketed towards pregnant women, so I would imagine it was on the safe side. I love your blog!

        P.S. Sorry about the double post below; I wasn’t sure if my first message got through :).

    • Hi Kari! Marie’s response is right along the lines of what I’d suggest! If you were ingesting it in larger quantities (I suppose some people do take it in capsule form) then maybe I could see it being too much while pregnant, but used topically, it takes such a small amount to be effective that I can’t image the results would be anything but positive :) I know you aren’t there yet, but still–congrats on the exciting next chapter in your life!

      • Hi! I thought I’d share an update, as it might be of interest to other interested parties. I contacted Mountain Rose Herbs and asked them about potential adverse effects, and here’s what they told me: “The Rosehip Seed Oil has no known side effects when used during pregnancy. You are safe to use this oil topically, without concern.”

        So I guess anyone pregnant would be safe to use this oil! :)

  9. Can you use this oil while pregnant? Thanks!

  10. I just bought a rosehip seed oil serum its been 2 days and I like it so far. I’m excited and looking forward to see if it will improve sun damage. Thanks for the information i found it very helpful!!!

  11. Hi i have a question
    in night time – i normally use a serum and then anti aging night cream – where do i fit in rosehip oil? i have tried it and i like it but am confused on where to fit it in the routine…before seum or after or what?
    i dont want that the benefits of other products are reduced because of applying rosehip seed oil..pls advise

    • I can’t say for certain because I typically use just the rosehip oil alone before bed (except for a couple nights a week, when I skip the oil and just use an anti-aging product), so asking a dermatologist or skin care pro would be your best bet. If it were me though, I would apply the oil first, followed by your other products. Definitely don’t apply it last because it will leave an oily residue. Another option–use rosehip oil as your morning moisturizer and skip it at night. I do think you get more benefits from applying it at night, but it would still be a great addition to your morning routine!

    • Serums should go first, till they dry/soak in. Then oil, then creams. This is the shortest answer for an involved question. Might help to Google it, though keep in mind every person (doctor or not) can have varied opinions/experiences.

  12. When you use the rosehip oil straight, are you referring to the basic essential oil? I just bought some and then wasn’t sure if I just apply it straight to the skin. Thanks!

  13. hey ! great post. I wanna try it.
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  14. I realize this is old, but is this still your routine? Also, what do you cleanse with? You listed that you use the rosehip oil to remove your makeup pre-cleansing, but then moved on to toning and moisturizing. What do you cleanse with?

    • It is still my routine! I haven’t found a good cleaner I love yet, so I typically just use Cetaphil. I’d like to switch to something more natural though!

      • I use a homemade salt and oil scrub to clean my face. The salt fights blemishes and exfoliates while the oil moisturizes. And the plus side is it removes makeup, cleans, and moisturizes all in one step, and you can add an essential oil in for even more skin benefits!

  15. I’ve only just bought a bottle of argan oil to cleanse my face with today. I think it’ll work wonders on my dry/oily skin! Thanks for the review, it is really helpful. I have a lot of acne scars, and I’m ardent on getting rid of them! I also bought a bottle of organic rosehip oil and after reading this review, I can’t wait to try it as a night moisturiser.

  16. I too use

  17. Donna Kelso says:

    Really liked your post. I’ve been using organic rose hip oil from Chile for a couple months now although I get it from a different source. I love Mountain Rose Herbs though. I’ve had great results with rose hip oil especially on my lower legs – I live in Montana and they get really dry and flaky in the winters but this oil is amazing in relieving those symptoms. I use it on my face daily and my face feels so smooth – even my husband noticed and made a comment – heck, anything is worth that! lol Thanks for your review and I might just buy some MRH oil products in the future.

  18. This article has been very helpful, been using natural products and Argan oil is my holy grail, and loving it because of how my skin improved, and after reading this might actually thought of trying it out.

  19. Great post! I was wondering if you thought it was a good idea to use this oil under another moisturizer? I currently apply a couple drops onto my face and since it absorbs so well I apply cerave facial moisturizing lotion on top of it.

  20. Rosehips oil is amazing! I have been using it for some time with great results. A perfect match for oily but aging skin. It also greatly evened out my skin tone and I had roscea on my cheeks. I think it is important to note that Rosehips is one of the most fragile oils (meaning it loses it’s potency quickly), and only has a shelf life of 6 months. To maintain this oils amazing properties during that short 6 months, it is essential to refridgerate it and keep it away from light sources. I always buy it in small organic batches for this very reason. 1 oz generally lasts me 6 months. Argan oil, macadamia oil, and johoba oil can all be great alternatives for oily skin that are much more stable oils, offering a long shelf life and no refridgeration.

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