11 Rosehip Oil Benefits, Possible Side Effects, & How To Use It

You can use rosehip oil in more ways than one to reap all its benefits.

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The benefits of rosehip oil extends beyond skin care as it is also considered good for your overall health. It is derived from the hips and seeds of Rosa canina. It is loaded with essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E and offers a range of benefits. It can prevent early signs of aging and reduce stretch marks. This article discusses the benefits of rosehip oil, how to use it, and its side effects. Keep reading.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Rosehip Oil

What Is It?
An oil extracted from the petals of the wild rose bush (Rosa Rubiginosa).

What Are Its Benefits?
It may stimulate collagen production, reduce scars and stretch marks, and lighten the skin tone.

Who Can Use It?
Those with acne-prone skin or hair problems can benefit from it.

How Often?
Regularly, but in moderation.

Avoid using it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have kidney or heart-related ailments.

What Is Rosehip Oil Good For?

The vitamins present in the oil serve as antioxidants that help fight the free radicals. And the essential fatty acids in the oil, namely oleic, linoleic, palmitic, and gamma linoleic acids, are absorbed by the skin and converted into prostaglandins. These compounds play a role in the regeneration of tissues and cellular membranes. The oil also helps improve skin health and can have anti-aging effects on the skin.

protip_icon Trivia
Rosehip oil is extracted from rosehips, which are essentially the fruits that grow on rose bushes. They can be collected after roses die off on a bush. The best quality rosehip oil is produced from the fruits of Rosa canina and Rosa rubiginosa.

The oil has an oily smell (like most oils), and, when mixed with vitamin E, lasts for as long as two years. Well, now, we get into the details.

Did You Know?

It takes about 210,000 rosehip seeds to prepare 30 mL of rosehip oil.

What Are The Benefits Of Rosehip Oil?

1. Fights Acne And Improves Facial Skin

Rosehips benefits include you by fighting acne and improving facial skin
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As per experts, acne may be an indication of undernourished skin. Rosehip oil contains powerful nutrients that fortify the skin with essential nutrients and improve its health. Undernourished skin also tends to secrete excess oil, which can lead to acne. Rosehip oil prevents this and can be extremely nourishing for the skin. It also helps unclog pores (rosehip oil is non-comedogenic) and prevent pimples. Simply apply the oil to your face using a cotton ball in the morning, at least 15 minutes before you take a bath. Wash as usual.

Sonia Anastasia, a beauty and lifestyle vlogger, used rosehip oil for her acne-prone skin and found visible results in a week. Her acne started flattening and her skin became more moisturized. She said, “My whole face would still stay moisturized until the evening and I would forget to apply it because my skin literally just didn’t really need it (i).”

You can also use the oil as a moisturizer to combat dry skin. But since it might leave your skin looking greasy (although this is unlikely), apply it using a cotton pad at least 20 minutes before bedtime. Before you sleep, remove the excess oil using a cotton pad. In addition, you can also mix rosehip oil with hyaluronic acid – which is a well-loved skin care ingredient with amazing moisturizing properties.

Interestingly, rosehip oil can also treat oily skin. Oily skin is usually lacking in linoleic acid, and since rosehip oil is rich in this fatty acid, it can take care of the issue. However, research is limited here. So, consult your dermatologist.

2. Has Anti-Aging Properties

The vitamins A and C stimulate collagen production and offer anti-aging benefits. They reduce wrinkles (especially around the eyes) and fine lines. The oil also contains lycopene, which has skin-rejuvenating properties. If you are looking to avoid using chemicals on your face, rosehip oil could be a good option. It is also known to treat dark spots.

3. Helps Lighten Skin

Rosehip oil can be used to lighten your skin tone. Since it is particularly beneficial to treat dark spots, it can help with skin brightening. The astringent properties of the oil tighten your pores and also help brighten your skin.

You can simply mix two to three drops of rosehip oil with a drop of coconut oil and massage into your skin. This method can also help banish under-eye dark circles.

4. Helps Treat Various Skin Ailments

Rosehip oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help treat the inflammation and pain caused by eczemai  An inflamed skin disorder caused due to exposure to pollutants, harsh soaps, and skin care products and fabrics such as wool. . It also moisturizes the skin and keeps it from drying out – which is another issue eczemai  An inflamed skin disorder caused due to exposure to pollutants, harsh soaps, and skin care products and fabrics such as wool. sufferers face. Vitamins A and C in the oil restore skin elasticity as well. Simply clean the affected areas with water. Pat dry using a clean, soft cloth and apply three drops of rosehip oil to the skin. Allow it to dry naturally. Repeat once daily before taking a bath.

For rosaceai  A chronic and common inflammatory skin condition characterized by visible blood vessels and blushing or flushing facial skin. treatment, you can mix a few drops of rosehip oil with grape seed or almond oil and apply to the affected areas every morning before taking a bath. The same remedy can also be used for treating hyperpigmentation and keratosis pilarisi  A common, harmless, genetic skin condition that causes small, red painless bumps on your arms and legs. . Applying rosehip oil to rashes might also help soothe them, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

However, if you have sensitive skin, applying any undiluted essential oils on the skin can cause severe allergic reactions. Make sure to consult your dermatologist before using it for skin concerns.

5. Helps Heal Burns And Bruises

Thanks to the regenerating and antioxidant effects of rosehip oil, you can accelerate the recovery of burns and bruises. And the presence of essential fatty acids can prevent scarring as well. The application of rosehip oil was also found to treat keloid scarsi  Harmless, thick, raised scars that usually form on earlobes, shoulders, cheeks, or chest due to a skin injury. and accelerate wound healing.

6. Heals Dry And Cracked Lips

Rosehip oil can also be used to lighten the discoloration of the lips. It also protects them from sunburns. Mix two drops of rosehip oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil. You can use butter in the place of coconut oil. Apply this natural lip conditioner on your chapped or cracked lips several times a day.

You can also apply rosehip oil as a lip balm – this helps treat flaky lips.

7. Enhances Eyelashes

Rosehips benefits include enhancing eyelashes
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Thicker and stronger eyelashes always add to one’s looks. And with rosehip oil, that is quite possible. Simply dab a cotton ball with two to five drops of the oil and apply it gently to your eyelashes.

8. Can Reduce Stretch Marks

Stretch marks occur when the collagen and elastic in your skin tear and, as a result, form scars. Rosehip oil is easily absorbed by the skin. Its essential fatty acids stimulate collagen production. The oil also softens and moisturizes the epidermisi  The outermost, visible layer of the skin that protects the body against mechanical, thermal, and physical damage. . The fatty acids get converted into prostaglandins, which then stimulate your skin’s regenerative powers. This ultimately protects against stretch marks.

Simply apply a few drops of rosehip oil to the problem areas – this can include your chest and abdomen as well. This procedure can also help treat melasma, which is hyper pigmentation that occurs during pregnancy.

Did You Know?

Rosehips were a remedy used by ancient Egyptians and Mayans for their amazing healing properties.

9. Can Treat Joint Pains

Surprisingly enough, rosehip oil is a folk remedy for joint pains. One study showed how rosehip powder could help relieve joint pains without any side effects (1). Though the study talks only about the benefits of the powder, rosehip, in other forms, was also found to be effective. Applying the oil to the joints multiple times a day can offer relief as the essential fatty acids help fight inflammation.

However, do consult your doctor before using rosehip oil for this purpose.

10. Improves Nail Health

Rosehip oil can strengthen your nails and protect them from breakage. The fatty acids take care of this. Massage the oil into your nails once a week.

11. Can Boost Hair Growth

Given the oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, it can repair the damaged hair follicles and scalp tissues – and this promotes healthy hair growth.

The oil also moisturizes your hair, provides hydration, and prevents dryness. And given its antibacterial properties, rosehip oil can also be used as a scalp tonic. Its anti-inflammatory properties can promote scalp health.

protip_icon Quick Tip
Rosehip oil is typically packaged in amber-colored bottles to prevent UV exposure, which otherwise can degrade the oil. Ideally, you should store the bottle in a dark and cool place (away from sunlight and below 20 degrees Celsius).

These are the ways rosehip oil can make you (and your life) much beautiful. But it is important to know that not everything is rosy about this oil.

As you saw, rosehip oil has important benefits. You also can use it on your face in various ways to reap its therapeutic benefits. Continue reading to learn about the different ways you can incorporate it into your skin care routine.

How To Use Rosehip Oil On Face

  • Use As A Moisturizer: Apply a few drops of rosehip oil to your clean face. Gently massage it into your skin as you focus on the dry or problem areas. Follow it up with your regular moisturizer to seal in the oil.
  • Add To Your Serum: Add a drop or two of rosehip oil to your serum and apply it to your face to enhance its hydrating and rejuvenating effects.
  • Add To Your Night Cream: Add a few drops of rosehip oil to your night cream to boost the skin healing process while you sleep.
  • Add To Your Makeup Formula: Mix a few drops of rosehip oil with your foundation for a smooth, dewy base.

These are the ways rosehip oil can make you (and your life) much beautiful. But it is important to know that not everything is rosy about this oil.

What Are The Side Effects Of Rosehip Oil?

  • Issues During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

There is not enough information on what would happen with the intake of rosehip oil during this period. Hence, avoid it. And with respect to topical usage, you can check with your doctor.

  • Bleeding Disorders

A chemical in rosehip (rugosin E) can slow down blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. Don’t use it if you have bleeding disorders. And don’t take the oil at least two weeks before and after surgery.

  • Kidney Stones

The large amounts of vitamin C in the oil might cause kidney stones. So, don’t use it if you have kidney disorders.

protip_icon Trivia
Rosehips contain such large amounts of vitamin C that, during World War II, when availability of citrus fruits was scarce in Britain, syrups made from rosehips were used as a substitute to keep cold and flu at bay.

Heart Attack And Stroke

The rugosin E in the oil might cause blood clots, and this can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hence, please consult your doctor before use.

*Though not an established concern, the vitamin C in the oil may affect diabetes control. So, please consult your doctor before using it.

Besides these major side effects, rosehip oil can cause some additional discomfort in people who are sensitive or allergic to it. Learn more about its other side effects in the next section.

Other Side Effects Of Rosehip Oil

  • Increased heart rate
  • Rashes
  • Itchiness
  • Watery eyes
  • Skin irritation
  • Wheezing

Infographic: Benefits Of Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil is one of the most used ingredients in skin care products. It is known for its skin moisturizing properties. Rosehip oil also offers many other benefits along with improving skin health.

The following infographic provides information about the various benefits of rosehip oil. Check it out!

benefits of rosehip oil (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Rosehip oil benefits are numerous. It has vitamins A and C that exhibit anti-aging properties. It also exhibits skin lightening properties and helps restore skin elasticity. The oil manages burns and bruises and cracked lips. However, overuse may increase the risk of bleeding, heart attack, and kidney stones. Hence, caution is advised. Try including rosehip oil as a substitute for chemical-laden cosmetics to reap its benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between rosehip oil and rosehip seed oil?

Rosehip oil is what we get from the flower petals, and rosehip seed oil is what we get from the seeds. But since rosehip seed oil is what is widely used, the term is used interchangeably.

Which parts of the world is rosehip oil extensively used?

It is majorly used in South Africa and Europe (including Norway and Ireland). Other countries include New Zealand, China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, and Singapore.

Is rosehip oil a retinol?

Yes, rosehip oil contains trans-retinoic acid (the active form of retinol) which is commonly used in cosmetics and prescription medicines due to its regenerative properties (2).

What is the difference between rose oil and rosehip oil?

The major difference between rose oil and rosehip oil is that the former is extracted from the petals of the rose plant and the latter from the fruit of the plant.

What is the difference between organic and inorganic rosehip oil?

Organic oils are produced from organically grown plants that involve no use of fertilizers or pesticides. Inorganic oils might be produced using plants that were grown using fertilizers, pesticides, or chemicals. Organic oils, in general, are considered purer and more efficient.

Key Takeaways

  • Rosehip oil contains high levels of vitamins and essential fatty acids.
  • Rosehip oil may help treat several skin problems as it is rich in vitamins A and C.
  • This oil may help unclog pores and prevent acne.
  • Rosehip oil may stimulate collagen production, reduce scars and stretch marks, and lighten skin tone.
  • Overuse of rosehip oil may increase heart attacks and kidney stones.
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