Roses are known for their beauty, but herbalists value them for their medicinal qualities. When the petals fall away, a cherry-sized fruit known as the hip is revealed. At one time the rose was a popular medicinal herb for skin care and emotional problems, but around 1930 it lost popularity. That’s a shame because it’s a great source of vitamin C. Traditional Chinese Medicine still uses various parts of the rose as an antidepressant, sedative, and even aphrodisiac among other things.
Since rosehips have such a high vitamin C content, it only makes sense that they should be used in natural skin care. After all, vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free radicals — the substances which are the primary cause of aging.
You can make use of rosehips by taking them as a dietary supplement in pill form, by drinking rosehip tea, or by applying rosehip oil directly to your skin.
Rosehip seed oil has been successful in treating two very difficult condition — acne scars and stretch marks. Both conditions have a loss of collagen as a root cause. It’s believed the vitamin C content of rosehip seed oil helps to rebuild the lost collagen.
It also contains several essential fatty acids: oleic, linoleic, and linolenic which contribute to healthy skin. In addition, it contains a natural derivative of vitamin A — Tretinoin. These ingredients are thought to help in the repair of damaged skin.
Rosehip seed oil is known to have regenerative effects on damaged skin. Skin that has sun damage, acne scars, or even surgical scars has seen improvement from its use. It lessens hyperpigmentation and flattens thick scars. Rubbing it directly into the skin seems to be a more targeted therapy than taking it in a tea or supplement.
Many people hesitate to put oil on their skin, but try not to think of it a oil but just the vehicle to get antioxidants to your skin. Besides, not all oils are harmful or damaging to your skin. Rosehip seed oil has a long history of safely repairing damaged skin so give it a try.