Rose hips are the fruits that form on some species of rose plants. The rose hips themselves are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C. I first came across rosehip oil in this article where the author said her friend’s acne scars faded after using rosehip oil. She also said she tried the oil on 3 different people and each of their skin problems got resolved with this oil. I saved the article but never got a chance to try the oil.
Always looking for natural products to make my skin look better, I recently saw rosehip oil on discount at my local supermarket. It was almost half the original price. However, I did not buy it, thinking I would look at some reviews of it. It was not the brand recommended by the article. However when I went back the discount had gone, but there was another brand of rosehip oil on sale. I quickly did a search for some reviews which were quite good. I decided to buy it.
It’s rosehip oil with a blend of a few other oils like Tamanu Seed Oil and Lavender oil. The brand is Model Co.
Rosehip oil contains provitamin A and Omega fatty acids which are great for skin in general. Even more so when you suffer from skin issues like acne, enlarged pores and scars. When applied topically they smooth the skin, leave the skin hydrated but not oily, eliminate irritation and flakiness and deliver much-needed antioxidants to your skin.
Note that in spite of the rose hips themselves having loads of Vitamin C, rose hip oil does not contain any vitamin C. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3. The oil also contains antioxidants. Source
As with everything on my site I always try things out on myself before recommending them to you. So here is my feedback.
The oil itself is very light. You use 2-3 drops on your face after washing. I use it both morning and night after washing my face with plain water. It does not leave your skin oily and gets absorbed very fast. I’ve been using it for a month now and would love to share its benefits with you.
Here is what I have noticed. I have been slipping on my diet a lot recently and have had a few breakouts and clogged pores. So this was an ideal time to try this out.
1. My skin is much smoother
The small clogged bumps I had have all gone. This is due to the fatty acids in the oil. The composition of rosehip oil is very similar to that of your own skin oil. Due to this, it can unclog pores which are blocked.
2. My old acne scars are much better now
Using rosehip oil for acne scars is one of the best things I could have done. I have not used my go-to Honey Mask for ages now. Almost a year I think. Blame it on moving countries. But after a month of using this oil, I have seen my old scars fade. Even my indented scars are looking flat. A drop of rosehip oil in the honey mask would work wonders. So try and use rosehip oil on acne scars. It works on both old and new scars.
3. My face is less red
My face is normally red giving it a very flushed appearance. The redness has not gone but is considerably less.
4. The acne is healing better
I used the oil on my acne as well. They actually healed better. This is a first for me. Before I would never apply oil on active acne. However please be careful with this one. I still do not recommend applying oil on active acne though, especially acne that looks particularly sore. These are best healed with honey or left alone.
5. My dark circles are gone
I used the oil around my eyes as well. Generally, though I do not use a separate product for the area around the eyes. I use whatever moisturiser or oil I am using on my face. The dark circles have gone, even though I have not been sleeping well.
6. My skin tone is better
My skin looks much fresher and brighter. Note that this is in spite of the fact that I have not been eating great. This is NOT an ad to let your diet slip and use rosehip oil though!!
7. The flakiness and irritation is gone
I had some minor flakiness on my cheeks. This was due to the recent change in climate my skin has experienced. And due to the fact that my old moisturiser was over and the new one does not seem to suit my skin. Using this oil has completely taken care of the flakiness.
Next time though I am going to use Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. I think I would have got much better results from pure rose hip oil. This is the brand of rosehip oil you should use as it seems to be the best and in pure form.
I will also be trying out rosehip powder in the future which does contain Vitamin C.
Do let me know in the comments if you have ever used rosehip oil and your experience with it.
Update ( 18th June 2019 ): In spite of recommending Trilogy Rosehip oil, I myself had never used it. However last month I finally got myself a bottle of it. Let me tell you, that it indeed does what it says it does. I did something I have never done before. I applied it on active acne and on one that looked very sore. The very things I ask my readers not to do. The active sore acne went down the very next day.
If you look at the left-hand picture, you can see in the circled areas the sore acne. The right-hand pic is taken 3 days later when the acne was completely flat.