Where does rosehip oil come from?
Rosehip oil is derived from the seeds of a very specific type of rose, and it has been used for thousands of years as a healing remedy, including civilisations such as the Mayans and Ancient Egyptians. During the First and Second World War, rosehip syrup was even rationed and distributed to children to help them ward off infection.
However, while rosehip syrup is great for supporting the immune system and treating certain digestive disorders such as diarrhoea, rosehip oil has gained popularity in recent years, mainly as a natural anti-ageing agent. But just what makes rosehip oil so effective for ageing skin?
Unfortunately, as you age your body starts to produce less collagen, a key structural protein that ensures that your skin remains firm and smooth. Without collagen, your skin can be less elasticated, looser, more prone to wrinkles and less able to repair itself if it is damaged. Luckily, rosehip oil contains a secret component that can interfere with this process – vitamin C!
Rosehips are naturally extremely rich in vitamin C, a collagen-boosting nutrient that helps to increase your production of collagen, preventing this cycle from occurring in the first place. Not to mention, it also contains vitamin A, improving your skin’s ability to retain moisture and preventing dehydration.
Aside from these two crucial nutrients, rosehip oil also contains a range of antioxidants which can help to prevent oxidative stress and free-radical damage which may cause premature ageing. Not too shabby when you consider that most high-street brands have to load their products with a plethora of chemicals to achieve the same effect! Going organic is always the best idea, so I would try to aim for a natural and organic rosehip, such as Kinvara’s 24hr Rosehip Face Serum, which is also 100% vegan-friendly and carbon neutral!
Wave goodbye to age spots
Age spots can be a source of distress, especially if you find that you are developing them prematurely! The chances are, though, that you may have unintentionally exposed yourself to the problem thanks to UV radiation.
Sunburn, as you’re probably aware, will definitely NOT do any favours for your skin and sometimes UV radiation can damage your skin so badly that you may start to develop age spots. While this is definitely an incentive to use more suncream, you may be wondering how rosehip oil helps to combat this problem.
Well, again it comes down to rosehip oil’s content of antioxidants and vitamin A, which can help to repair skin cells. As I have mentioned, antioxidants are crucial for preventing free-radical damage, which means that they may be able to prevent some of the damage caused by UV radiation.
Rosehip oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory, which also means that it can help to reduce swelling and discolouration, diminishing redness and signs of irritation. I would personally focus on a natural, organic rosehip oil to avoid any further irritation. Kinvara’s Certified Rose Hip Oil is a favourite of mine and I often take it with me on holiday and apply it before going to bed to help nourish my skin.
Nothing will age your skin quite like dehydration, which is why it’s so important that you keep your skin moisturised to avoid fine lines and wrinkled. Fortunately, rosehip oil is very rich in essential fatty acids, with most types containing at least 40% linoleic acid!
This is quite impressive, especially in addition to omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which can help to restore a youthful glow to your complexion. Most rosehip oils are also abundant in an antioxidant compound known as lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid that can help to promote collagen production in addition to soothing signs of dry, coarse skin.
While I’d always advocate using rosehip oil, it’s sometimes useful to find a natural moisturiser that incorporates rosehip oil as an ingredient, especially if you are experiencing a more intensive bout of dry skin. Kinvara’s Skincare Active Rosehip Day Cream ticks all the boxes in my book – not only does it contain rosehip oil, it’s also suffused with hydrating extracts of Citrus limon (Lemon) peel. It might say ‘day cream’ on the label but I wouldn’t hesitate to use it before you go to bed as well as in the morning!