DIY Rosehip Face Serum: How To Make Rosehip Seed Oil Face Serum At Home

Written by Ramona Sinha

What does it take to get flawless skin? The answer is probably rosehip seed oil.

Rosehip seed oil is a wonder product for your skin. From reducing fine lines to soothing the skin, it can cover all your skin care needs. The best way to reap the benefits of this oil is to make a serum and incorporate it into your skin care routine. In this article, we have focused on some easy DIY rosehip face serum recipes you can try at home and the beauty benefits of rosehip seed oil. Scroll down to check them out.

DIY Rosehip Face Serum Recipes


Note: Before you use rosehip seed oil, don’t forget to do a patch test to avoid skin reactions or side effects (explained later in the article).

Once you are sure that your skin can tolerate rosehip seed oil, you can start using it. There are many ways to incorporate this wonder oil into your skin care routine. While you can buy commercially available rosehip face serums sold by various skin care brands, there’s nothing better than DIY and natural serums. Check out the recipes below.

1. Rosehip And Jojoba Oil Face Serum

Jojoba oil is extremely beneficial in healing compromised skin and repairing the skin barrier. It can treat multiple skin issues, such as acne, eczema, and dermatitis (1).

You Will Need
  • 9 teaspoons of rosehip seed oil
  • 12 teaspoons of jojoba oil
  • 12 drops of essential oil of your choice
  • 1 dark glass bottle with a dropper
  1. Mix all the oils in a measuring cup. Combine well.
  2. Pour the oil mixture in the glass bottle.
  3. Apply 3-4 drops of the oil on your face.
  4. Massage well with your fingertips in an upward motion.
  5. Leave it on overnight.

2. Rosehip And Carrot seed Oil Serum

Carrot seed oil has skin rejuvenating properties. It scavenges harmful free radicals and keeps your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated (2).

You Will Need
  • 8 drops of rosehip seed oil
  • 2-3 drops of carrot seed oil
  1. Combine the two oils.
  2. Use your fingertips to spread the oil blend on your face.
  3. Massage gently in an upward motion.
  4. Leave it on overnight.

3. Rosehip And Aloe Vera Night Serum

Aloe vera contains salicylic acid (heals acne), antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and minerals. It reduces skin inflammation and promotes wound healing (3).

You Will Need
  • 1 aloe vera leaf
  • 20-25 drops of rosehip seed oil
  1. Scoop the gel from the aloe leaf.
  2. Blend it for a few minutes.
  3. Extract the juice from the mixture through a cloth.
  4. Pour the aloe juice in a bottle and mix it with rosehip seed oil.
  5. Massage the mixture onto your face
  6. Leave it on overnight.

4. Rosehip and Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranate seed oil is loaded with antioxidants that improve the transepidermal absorption rate of your skin (4). In other words, it helps your skin absorb other products better.

You Will Need
  • 10-15 drops of rosehip seed oil
  • 2-3 drops of pomegranate seed oil
  1. Combine both the oils.
  2. Apply the mixture in small dots all over your face.
  3. Massage with your fingertips for a few minutes.
  4. Leave it on overnight.

These were a few ways you could incorporate rosehip seed oil in your daily skin care routine. But before you use the oil, take a look at the reasons your skin is going to love it.

Why Use Rosehip Face Serum? Benefits Of Rosehip Seed Oil


Rosehip seed oil is the primary ingredient in rosehip face serums. Rosehips are the round parts that you see below the rose flower. These are pseudo-fruits of the plants of the Rosa genus of the Rosacea family. These pseudo-fruits from different species of roses are widely used for medicinal purposes as they contain high levels of bioactive compounds and antioxidants (5).

1. It Hydrates Your Skin

Rosehip seed oil contains linoleic acid and high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (5).

Linoleic acid is the most abundant fatty acid in the skin, and it plays an essential role in maintaining the epidermal barrier or the skin’s natural barrier. It prevents trans-epidermal water loss and maintains the hydration levels of the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin (6).

2. It Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Rosehips are rich in vitamins B, C, and E and also contain carotenoids and polyphenols that help reduce inflammation (5). Rosehip seed oil may help calm your skin if you have inflammatory conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea.

3. It Prevents UV Damage

Rosehips are rich in vitamin C that protects the skin from UV damage. Long-term sun exposure can cause erythema and sunburn. Topical vitamin C has a UV protective effect on your skin. It also neutralizes the harmful free radicals (7).

4. It Prevents Collagen Damage

Collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in your cells. UV exposure can damage the skin collagen and speed up the aging process. It may cause signs of photoaging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. Since rosehips are loaded with vitamin C, they help prevent collagen damage and keep your skin youthful (7).

5. It Improves The Appearance Of Scars

A study found that rosehip seed oil could promote tissue regeneration and prevent post-surgical scars. The participants in the study saw significant improvement in the appearance of the scars after 6-12 weeks (8).

Although rosehip seed oil has numerous benefits, there are certain risks of using it.

Rosehip Seed Oil: Are There Any Side Effects?


The most common side effect of using rosehip seed oil is an allergic reaction. If you are allergic to rosehip seed oil or vitamin C, you may experience the following allergic reactions:

  • Itchiness
  • Skin rashes
  • Hives
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Breathing trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Wheezing
  • Rapid heart rate

As we mentioned earlier, rosehip seed oil contains vitamin C. Many people are allergic to it. Researchers are not clear if the topical application of rosehip seed oil affects the body’s levels of vitamin C.

Increased levels of vitamin C in the body affect people with conditions like hemochromatosis and anemia (9). Hence, it is better to do a patch test. Also, consult a doctor before using rosehip seed oil to avoid its interaction with any medications you may be taking.

Remember, rosehip seed oil can go rancid quickly. Hence, you need to store it properly to lengthen its shelf life. Store the DIY serums in a dark glass bottle in a cool, dark place. You can store it in the refrigerator as well.

Since rosehip seed oil is a carrier oil, you can apply it directly to your face. Make sure that the oil you are buying is cold-pressed, organic, and therapeutic grade.

Have you ever tried rosehip seed oil on your face? If yes, we would love to know your feedback. Post your feedback in the comments section below.


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  2. Formulation and evaluation of carrot seed oil-based cosmetic emulsions.” Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  3. ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW” Indian Journal of Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  4. Pomegranate Seed Oil Enhances the PercutaneousAbsorption of trans-Resveratrol” Journal of Oleo Science.
  5. Therapeutic Applications of Rose Hips from Different Rosa Species” International Journal of Molecular Sciences, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  6. Comparison of linoleic acid-containing water-in-oil emulsion with urea-containing water-in-oil emulsion in the treatment of atopic dermatitis: a randomized clinical trial” Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  7. Vitamin C in dermatology” IndianDermatology Online Journal, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  8. Evolution of Post-Surgical Scars Treated with Pure Rosehip Seed Oil” Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications, Scientific Research.
  9. High-dose vitamin C: a risk for persons with high iron stores?” International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.