Dry skin? Fixed.
Are you concerned about fine lines? It’ll help with those.
Chapped by the wind? It’ll put an end to that.
Whatever your concerns are, rose hip seed oil has you covered.
Upon application, this lovely oil soaks in immediately, allowing the golden goodness to shine through.
Here at the NC, we are a Medici of oils, if you like.
And we believe that gorgeous rose hip seed oil should be a staple in your skincare kit.
Why is it Good for My Skin?
Rosehip seed oils benefits read like a beauty resume so long you may struggle to get past the first page.
It is rich, nourishing, incredibly healing, and ultimately earthy and unique for all skin types.
It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturising while packed with insane amounts of antioxidants and Vitamin A.
We love everything to do with rose hip seed oil: the antioxidants, the beta carotenes, the lovely omegas, and its tretinoin content, which converts into retinol upon application with your skin.
All of which increases skin thickness, wards off premature ageing, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and so much more.
Why is Extraction so Important?
The rose hip is a small fruit left over when the wild rose petals fall off; the delicate fruits hang until hand-picked and pressed into a gorgeous elixir.
The wild rose grows in thick, spiny bushes, protecting the delicate flowers and seeds. These are attached to hair-like fronds, the basis of itching powder.
The extraction process is an intricate process called winterisation, where heavy waxes are removed by refrigeration, drying and de-hipping, followed by pressing. This allows the oil to be more workable and user-friendly.
There are three main ways of extracting the oil with solvents: cold pressing or treating it with enzymes before cold-pressing.
The simple cold-pressing technique is thought to give you up to seven times more tretinoin in the final oil than using a solvent – which is far from a trivial difference.
Because extraction is so labour-intensive, corners are often cut for purity, so it is not always the purest oil.
Which is why we go to such lengths in sourcing ours.
The article on the CO₂ extraction process looks at the critical points to the quality of the final oil.
Rose Hip Oil’s Beautifying Benefits
So now to the exciting part, where we discuss rosehip seed oil’s lovely healing benefits.
Lightens lightly pigmented areas.
This is thanks to the beta-carotene content, and Rosehip can help promote a more even skin tone and reduce the appearance of age spots, which is due to the trans-retinoic acid, the precursor to Vitamin A, and its antioxidant properties, tannins, and gorgeous orange carotenoids.
The oil is extremely rich in linoleic and linolenic acids, so it’s perfect if you have sensitised, inflamed or even suffer from acne or breakouts.
Research (1) found rose hip seeds contain important lipid-soluble compounds, linoleic and a-linolenic acids. important fatty acids that keep your skin plump and moist, preventing it from drying out.
They have noticeable effects on skin regeneration and repair and can significantly help to reduce inflammation in those with sensitive skin issues.
Rosehip oil has been used for quite some time in traditional medicine for wound healing and as a topical scar treatment.
This is due to the presence of Vitamin A; combined with the large amounts of linoleic and linolenic acids, it effectively treats hypertrophic and keloid scars.
This study (2) found that using rosehip seed oil on patients post-surgery improved the look of their scars.
Rosehip seed oil helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles as it regenerates cells, slowing skin ageing.
Rosehip seed oil is exceptional in tissue regeneration, improving skin texture and discolouration. It is also used to treat damaged skin tissue caused by scalds, burns, stretch marks, and varicose veins due to its ability to encourage skin regeneration.
In this study, (3) participants aged 35–65 were given rose hip seed powder to treat premature ageing, including wrinkles and crowfeet. During the 8-week study, researchers found that the participants who orally ingested the rosehip powder experienced noticeable improvements in their skin’s overall moisture.
Why is Rosehip Seed Oil Unique?
The ingredient in rosehip oil that is especially interesting is trans-retinoic acid, referred to in the industry as tretinoin.
It is a close relative of Vitamin A and the most researched vitamin in skincare, especially for acne, and it also has a strong anti-ageing effect.
Tretinoin molecules are delicate and must be handled carefully; the tretinoin in rose hips is just as sensitive as the tretinoin in pharmaceuticals.
The other important properties include:
Oleic acid (Omega 9) has an interesting fatty acid profile, softening and moisturising your skin.
Linoleic acid (Omega 6) helps speed up the barrier function’s repair mechanisms.
Gamma-linolenic acid helps reduce inflammation and boosts the protective role of the skin’s barrier.
Phytosterols help to soothe and calm inflamed skin.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) acts as an antioxidant, neutralising damaging free radicals.
Fatty acid profile:
Palmitic acid 3.6%
Stearic acid 2.15%
Oleic acid 15%
Linoleic acid 47.7%
Linolenic acid 28.5%
Arachidic acid 0.9%
Eicosenoic acid 0.45%
Eicosadienoic acid 0.15%
Behenic acid 0.2%
Docosenoic acid 0.15%
Natural d-alpha-tocopherol 0.1%
3-5% Sea Buckthorn
2-3% Carrot seed
1% Calendula CO₂
3% Helichrysum, known for its regenerative ketones
Add the above ingredients to our rosehip seed oil base.
What to Look for When Buying Rosehip Oil
Like all good things in life, this gorgeous elixir does have its downside.
It is a bit like “buyer, beware”, especially regarding the oil’s purity and dynamic nature.
It would help if you were careful because the cold-pressed version doesn’t have a long shelf life and can quickly go rancid due to the wonderful unsaturated bonds.
Rosehip oil only has a shelf life of about six months, so here at the Naked Chemist, we only use a CO₂ extract that is certified organic, obtained through supercritical extraction that uses carbon dioxide as the solvent.
The oil is then further stabilised with Vitamin E to give it longevity.
Which NC Products Contain it?
With all of these incredible benefits, it makes sense to harness the potent power of the CO₂ extracted oil neat in our cold-pressed Rose Hip Oil.
It can also be found in Bio Lipid Complex, the perfect formula for restoring an impaired barrier.
Nectar Treatment Balm, created to heal on a deeper level, delivering delicate, traumatised skin from irritation and inflammation, is also rich in rosehip seed oil.
To conclude. The naked truth
To recap, rose hip seed oil has excellent antioxidants and free radical scavenger benefits.
It is highly moisturising, and the oleic acid helps make it a superb softening oil.
It has excellent barrier repair and anti-inflammatory properties from all the linoleic and linolenic acids.
If that is not enough, it also helps with signs of photo-ageing and scar reduction.
Wow, with all these lovely benefits, we think you’d agree this could be the holy grail of skincare and one you should invest in for your kit.
- Jäger AK, Petersen KN, Thomasen G, Christensen SB. Isolation of linolenic and alpha-linolenic acids as COX-1 and -2 inhibitors in rose hip. Phytother Res. 2008;22:982–984
- Valerón-Almazán, P. , Gómez-Duaso, A. , Santana-Molina, N. , García-Bello, M. and Carretero, G. (2015) Evolution of Post-Surgical Scars Treated with Pure Rosehip Seed Oil. Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications, 5, 161-167. doi: 10.4236/jcdsa.2015.52019.
- Winther K, Vinther Hansen AS and Campbell-Tofte J. (2016). Bioactive ingredients of rosehips (Rosa canina L) with particular reference to antioxidative and antiinflammatory properties: in vitro studies. Botanics: Targets and Therapy 6:11–23.