Rosehip oil is not actually extracted from a full-grown rose. Instead, rosehip oil is a type of pressed seed oil that is extracted from wild rose bushes found in the southern Andes. The oil can also be extracted from the hips of rose hips found in certain parts of Europe, Northwest Africa, and Western Asia.
Rosehip seed oil is notoriously difficult to produce and must be handled by trained professionals; the seeds inside the rosehip are attached to thin fronds that can be fatal if touched or breathed into the lungs. After seeds are carefully removed, they undergo a complex drying process before being cold pressed to extract the oil.
Treasured by ancient Egyptians, the Mayans and Native Americans for its healing properties, and for its therapeutic properties, rosehip oil offers a natural way to fight wrinkles, slow aging and have healthy skin. Clinical studies show that it also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal qualities.
For centuries, rosehip oil has captured the attention of generations of women searching for the proverbial fountain of youth. We now know that it has high level of vitamin C, which helps to reduce wrinkles and repair ultraviolet damage from the sun. Vitamin C in rose hip oil has been used to effectively reduce hyper-pigmentation and brighten the skin.
Rosehips are thought to have more Vitamin C than an orange or lemon. Vitamin C has a high level of antioxidant properties. Vitamin C may help reduce ultraviolet light damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C also supports collagen production, which helps reduce wrinkling. Finally, vitamin C may increase wound healing and help prevent dry skin.
It also penetrates deeply into the skin without leaving an oily residue.
Another very important vitamin found in rosehips is vitamin A, this vitamin helps in evening out skin tone and fading dark spots while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also helps smooth out a dry, rough complexion. The fatty acids and vitamin A in rosehip oil not only work to moisturize the skin, but they also promote skin regeneration, and can improve skin flexibility and permeability. It also inhibits the release of enzymes that break down collagen in the body, and helps to build collagen back up.
Fatty acids help keep our skin membranes healthy and strong, stimulating cell regeneration and making sure we stay radiant and hydrated. Rosehip Oil contains the following powerful fatty acids:
Linoleic Acid — Along with Omega-3s, thispowerful Omega-6 essential fatty acid (EFA) is often referred to as Vitamin F. As an EFA, linoleic acid is critical for human health, but we do not produced naturally in the body. Its excellent anti-inflammatory properties, can also help reduce acne.
Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA)— Helps to reduce inflammation and minimize acne, this Omega-3 essential fatty acid keeps skin soft and supple.
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) — Another Omega-6 essential fatty acid,GLA has excellent emollient and antioxidant properties, helping the skin to better retain water, reducing the signs of aging. Linoleic acid is a building block for ceramides, a compound that occurs naturally in cell membranes to moisturize the skin, it’s anti-inflammatory, soothing properties aid in treatment for both eczema and acne.
Some of the positive results from rosehip oil may be due to the polyphenols and anthocyanin in the oil, which are thought to reduce inflammation and joint pain. These can help to prevent osteoarthritis -a type of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage on the ends of your bones wears away.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of rosehip oil may make it a good option for people who cannot take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other pain medicines.