If you spend time in the skincare aisle reading ingredient lists on the packaging of the beauty products you are about to buy, you may have noticed that many of them contain rosehip oil. This oil is derived from a cold pressing method that removes oil from the seeds and fruits of a special variety of rose bushes. The oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that offer a wide range of skincare benefits.

It is reported that the secret behind Duchess Kate Middleton’s radiant and glowing skin is rosehip oil. Although the duration to see results may vary from one person to the other, this ingredient works wonders for every skin type and texture. So whether you’re struggling from acne or mature skin, rosehip oil is the solution to all your skin problems.


1. Corrects uneven skin tone

Corrects uneven skin tone

Uneven skin tone is a common skin problem, especially pigmentation around the mouth area and under the eyes. But you do not have to necessarily live with this problem. Supermodel Miranda Kerr swears by rosehip oil and uses it every night for flawless and even looking skin. If you are struggling with uneven skin tone or have blotches that are difficult to fade, this vitamin-packed ingredient might help. Simply massage a few drops of this oil on clean, damp skin morning and night to get the best results.


2. Fights acne

Fights acne

Women with oily, acne-prone skin stay away from anything that says 'oil' because of the fear that it may make their skin problems worse. Here’s what you didn’t know. Rosehip oil has anti-inflammatory properties which means it calms redness and irritation associated with breakouts. Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives, found in abundance in rosehip oil) are usually prescribed as a treatment for acne, since it speeds skin cell turnover. What’s more, this oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores and cause blackheads like most oils to do.


3. Treats wrinkles and fine lines

Treats wrinkles and fine lines

As you age, the collagen production naturally decreases and causes wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis as it aids in cell renewal. Rosehip oil contains the highest content of vitamin C compared to any other fruit or vegetable. Researchers have proved that topical application of rosehip oil for a period of 60 days stimulated significant collagen production and was responsible for visible changes to the skin. Therefore, if you are looking for solutions to repair mature skin or fade fine lines and wrinkles, add rosehip oil to your daily skincare routine.


4. Brightens skin

Brightens skin

Does your reflection in the mirror look dull and lack radiance? Pollution, UV damage and using the wrong skincare products can rob the glow off your skin and make it look dull. The astringent properties in rosehip oil can help tighten the pores of your skin and add a healthy glow. Vitamin C has a brightening effect on the skin and gives your complexion a radiant appearance. You can add a few drops of rosehip oil to a drop of coconut oil and massage into your skin every night in gentle circular motions. This method can also help reduce under eye dark circles with regular use.


5. Repairs the skin's natural barrier

Repairs the skin's natural barrier

Harsh weather conditions, frequent exfoliation and skin-drying acne products can damage your skin’s lipid barrier. Tiny, invisible cracks appear on your skin from where the natural moisture evaporates and irritants enter leading to skin problems. Rosehip oil is lipid-rich oil that gets to work quickly and heals skin by closing the cracks and repairing it. It corrects both the lack of oil and hydration in your skin by seeping deep into the layers of the skin. This creates a natural barrier on your skin and protects it from harsh weather conditions, environmental stressors and damaging UV rays.


6. Fades scars

Fades scars

Anti-inflammatory fatty acids, vitamins A and C—this is the ultimate beauty ingredient to fade scars or other marks on the skin. Rosehip oil has all of these ingredients and is therefore an excellent option for those looking to get rid of stubborn scars. The application of rosehip oil was also found to treat keloid scars and accelerate wound healing. If your skin is scarred due to breakouts from the past, rosehip oil can help fade them as well as prevent new ones in the future. Just put a little drop of the oil on your finger and rub it on the area where the scar is. It has also been found to reduce the appearance of surgical scars.


7. Heals dry and cracked lips

Heals dry and cracked lips

UV rays, harsh weather conditions and other factors can rob the moisture off your lips and leave them parched, dry and flaky. The nourishing and brightening properties of rosehip oil not only work wonders on your facial skin but also on your delicate lips. It lightens discoloured lips and protects them from sunburn. You can replace your lip balm with this oil as a natural softening agent for chapped, dry and cracked lips. Mix two drops of rosehip oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil or butter and apply this natural formula on your lips several times a day to get soft, smooth and pink lips.


8. May reduce stretch marks

May reduce stretch marks

Stretch marks are a type of scar that occur when collagen and elastic in your skin tear. They are a common skin problem and can happen to anyone who has lost or gained weight or have delivered a baby. The non-comedogenic nature of rosehip oil makes it easier to get absorbed by the skin and essential fatty acids promote collagen production. It softens and moisturises the epidermis by stimulating the skin’s regenerative powers. This helps prevents as well as fades stretch marks. Simply take a few drops of rosehip oil on your fingertips and gently massage the area where the stretch marks are, this could be your abdomen, thighs, waist, wherever they are. Ideally do this at night before going to bed for best results. This oil can also prove to be helpful to treat melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation that occurs during pregnancy.