I’ve never been much of a trend follower. In fact, trends have a habit of getting on my nerves…unless they happen to coincide with my own tastes or wishes, that is. Maybe that makes me a trend hypocrite. Either way, I recently stumbled upon a beauty trend that has fallen right smack into the middle of my favorite things: NATURAL OILS.
These days, people seem to be using natural oils for anything from aromatherapy (with essential oils), to moisturizing, to cleaning their skin. (I know, that last one sounds counter-intuitive, but seems to be met with success.) Since the vast world of natural oils is more than I care to tackle in one sitting, I’d prefer to showcase my current love: Rosehip Seed Oil.
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I was introduced to this oil when people began mentioning it in an online group I follow. I sensed a sprouting trend and reacted to it with my go-to response: *ignore.* Again and again, though, it found its way onto my online newsfeed. People were discussing it like it was the answer to facial happiness and, gradually, curiosity wormed its way into my jaded shell. What was this oil? Finally, I cracked. My first order was placed.
Well, let me tell you, it was not love at first sight … or smell or use. Actually, it looked fine. It’s a pale amber-colored oil, so no trouble there. The scent left something to be desired, however. I was searching for the aroma of roses, but–trust me–it wasn’t there. The use is where I really felt betrayed, though. I massaged it into my winter-dry face and…the driest places on my skin only became drier.
This oil of oils had finally entered my life and it didn’t even like me. I was a little crushed. Then, I read that some people were experiencing the same problem. I learned that it’s important to apply the oil to damp skin, in order for it to hold in moisture. Also, some people find it useful to combine it with a little jojoba oil (not a true oil, but a wax, which closely mimics the sebum of our skin). I followed suit and…success! Love had at last bloomed.
Now that the winter has passed and my skin is no longer at its driest, I’ve had to dump jojoba and devote myself entirely to my first oily love again. Twice a day, I massage about four or five drops of the pure, undiluted rosehip seed oil into the damp skin of my face and neck. Since it’s a “dry” oil, it absorbs into my skin pretty quickly. That’s it. Routine est fini.
Why is this oil from the hips of roses so swoon-worthy, anyhow? Well, I did mention that it’s natural, right? In other words, NO CHEMICALS. It’s simply oil, extracted from rose bushes which grow, most often, in Chile.
Also, according to the research I did before trying (I am a skeptic, after all), rosehip seed oil is loaded with all kinds of skin-nourishing goodies: antioxidants (Vitamins A and C), lycopene, Omegas 3 and 6, etc. It is said to rejuvenate skin, help correct pigmentation issues, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars and stretch marks, serve as an anti-inflammatory and just overall kick butt at treating skin the way it deserves to be treated.
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Personally, my skin is super soft these days (baby bottoms would be jealous). Its tone is more even, too, and I’ve seen a reduction not only in the fine lines of my face, but also the appearance of my pores. Having had one disappointing experience after another with typical, chemical-filled, over-the-counter moisturizers, these results impress me to no end. Is it really any wonder that I’ve fallen head over heels?
I suppose I should end with a few extra notes: although some may associate quality with price and choose to spend $20 and up per ounce, I’ve been very happy with my 4 oz/$20-something bottles (which I purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs). They last forever, since you only use a few drops once or twice a day (unless your husband discovers it and decides he doesn’t hate its effects). I opt for organic oil, which has been cold-pressed, because more of the nutrients are preserved during this type of extraction process. Also, refrigeration is encouraged, as it will prolong the oil’s shelf life. I prefer to transfer some whenever needed to a small, refillable bottle which I keep at room temperature in my master bath (because, really, who wants to slather cold oil all over your face?)
Also, if you are someone who has allergies or other concerns, such as acne-prone skin, this may or may not be the oil for you. I would suggest doing your research before trying and, if it doesn’t seem destined to be a wonderful fit, there are some other greats worth investigating: argan oil, tamanu oil, or neem oil, just to name a few.
Personally, I may try experimenting with another oil or two some day, but for now it seems my affection for rosehips is the deep and abiding kind. I guess sometimes it pays to be a trend hypocrite.
*As always, use your own best judgment in figuring out what works for you. I’m not a medical professional and this blog is offered as a reference only. Any questions you have regarding the information presented here should be directed to your doctor.