Rosehip Oil: An Anti-Ageing Miracle
Posted on August 20 2017
Rosehip oil is a miraculous ingredient and contains so many powerful properties that can regenerate skin and fight the signs of ageing.
Rosehip, not surprisingly, comes from the rose. After the delicate petals of the flower have fallen off, the bud becomes impregnated with seeds and swells into a beautiful red bulb called the rosehip. The oil is cold-pressed from the seeds contained within. Most of this nutritious oil comes from the Andes mountains, where a pink wild rose species called rosa rubiginosa grows.
Rosehip oil started getting attention after a study was published out of San Marcos University, Lima, Peru in 1988. 180 patients suffering from severe scarring and premature aging used the oil on their skin over a period of two years and the results were astonishing – scars were reduced, aging skin was rejuvenated and tone and colour improved.
See the offical report here.
Rosehip contains many beneficial components but the most powerful is its high level of all-trans retinoic acid (tretinoin), a derivative of vitamin A (retinol). Tretinoin is a widely researched ingredient that is used by dermatologists to treat acne and photo-aging and is used to reduce stretch marks by increasing collagen production in the dermis. Rosehip oil also contains high levels of unsaturated essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6), namely oleic (15-20%), linoleic (44-50%) and linolenic (30-35%). These fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and are responsible for providing deep hydration. Rosehips are also one of the highest natural sources of vitamin C , a powerful anti-oxidant that fights free-radical damage.
Rosehip oil is an important ingredient in any skin care product. Not only does it work wonders for sun-damaged, scarred and aging skin, but it also helps strengthen broken capillaries and minimize pores. Many organic companies have added this ingredient to their formulas – you will find it listed as rosa rubginosa or rosa moschata .
At Absolutely Gorgeous we use certified organic rosehip oil in many of our products and most importantly our Organic Rosehip Oil