If you've never heard of rose hip oil, this is your lucky day. This natural extract has so many benefits you'll wish you'd heard of it a lot sooner. Like so many botanicals, this type of oil has benefits for your skin that read more like a magical miracle potion than a home remedy for skin problems and aging.
Rose hip oil comes from the seeds of bright red berries that grow on a type of wild rose bush in the southern part of the Andes mountains in Chile. The natives call it rosa mosqueta and claim that their ancient ancestors used this oil for its skin benefits, according to the Mountain Rose Herbs website. Of course, you don't have to travel to a remote area of Chile to get the benefits for yourself, just visit a health food store or online retailer to get your own 100 percent pure supply.
Rose hip oil contains a few different types of acids known as fatty acids. You've probably heard that fatty acids are good for your skin and that it's good to take them into your body through fish. like salmon, that contain them. Rose hip oil, rubbed into your skin, also gives you these acids to help nourish your skin and keep it healthy.
Wrinkles Be Gone
Because rose hip oil is so moisturizing and contains vitamin A, it can help reduce the signs of early aging brought on by too much sun. Little wrinkles, like crow's feet brought on by too much squinting, and rubbery skin can fade away with the regular use of rose hip oil. You can also use it to treat burned skin or skin that's suffered through radiotherapy.
Scars and Stretch Marks
As you go through the ups and downs of life, you collect little skin imperfections that you might think are permanent. Not necessarily! Rose hip oil helps with those, too. You can use the oil to reduce scars brought on by surgery, accidents and even acne. Stretch marks are like scars, so rose hip oil will help to smooth out the discoloration and uneven skin texture that are their tell-tale signs.
Rose hip oil is safe to use on every inch of your skin. Just rub it into any area you wish, once or twice a day, until it's totally absorbed. There is an exception; avoid using it on active acne. It won't clear your blemishes away, it just helps get rid of the after-effects, such as scarring. The key to good results is diligence -- it takes three or four months to see the changes you want. Remember that Rome wasn't built in a day and repairing skin isn't a 24-hour gig either.