Rosehip oil is a kind of oil that is extracted from the seeds of a rose bush. Typically, when the petals of a rose plant falls off, round seed pods remain on the bush. These seed pods are called rosehips and are the source of rosehip oil.
Strictly speaking, the “real” rosehip oil is extracted from a rose bush that grows primarily in the southern Andes in Chile. This rose bush is a wild plant and is called Rosa Mosqueta. It’s scientific name is Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa. However, today, different products being sold as rosehip oil may be extracted from bushes other than those found in the southern Andes.
Rosehip oil has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years due to its skin-healing properties. It is an effective agent against a wide variety of skin conditions. One of the characteristics of rosehip oil is that it is easily absorbed by the skin. As such, it is widely used as a moisturizer, especially for those who have extremely dry skin. This property also makes rosehip oil an effective treatment for crows’ feet and other fine lines on the face. To treat these conditions, rosehip oil is massaged onto the face gently, on a regular basis.
Rosehip oil is also known to treat uneven skin tone. More so, it can lighten scars caused by acne and other wounds. Rosehip oil has to be applied on the scar when it is relatively new to be effective. Additionally, rosehip oil is said to help avoid the formation of keloids.