What do Kate Middleton and Goop goddess Gwyneth Paltrow have in common, besides a fondness for bee venom? They both count rosehip seed oil as a part of their beauty routine. And they’re not alone. More and more skin experts are extolling the virtues of this wonder oil—along with the benefits of the closely-related grapeseed oil—for a glowing epidermis.
On the quest for high-performing, all natural skincare that works? Read more to find out why you should consider adding rosehip seed oil and grapeseed oil to your daily beauty routine.
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But, glowing skin isn’t the only reason to choose natural oils. There’s mounting evidence that our chemical-laden moisturizers have the potential to make us really sick. But how often do you honestly give serious thought to what you’re putting on your skin? If the answer is “precious little,” you’re not alone. With the busyness of life, convenience often trumps science. Happily, there are wonderful natural alternatives on the market to achieve beautiful and glowing skin without the chemicals, including this duo of botanical oils.
Packed with vitamins, anti-oxidants and a myriad of benefits, both rosehip and grapeseed oil are gaining attention as top performing ingredients in anti-aging and acne skincare. Both are classified as non-comedogenic (which means that although they are hydrating oils they won’t clog your pores), making them an ideal choice for almost any skin type. They are both also both known to stimulate support the production of collagen - critical to skin elasticity and the prevention of wrinkles.
What Is Rosehip Oil?
A beauty secret for centuries, this pressed oil is widely known for its healing properties—making it the ideal choice for sensitive skin users. Even the derivation of rosehip oil is poetic: it’s harvested from the delicate fruit perched right under the rose. Choose cold-pressed and organic for the preservation of naturally-occurring compounds and maximum benefits.
And while “anti-aging” is a well-worn buzzword, rosehip oil walks the walk.
Not only does rosehip seed oil boast essential fatty acids in spades, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 (otherwise known as linoleic acid) - it’s also rich in vitamin C (fine lines, we’re talkin’ to you!) and is very hydrating and brightening. On top of that, linoleic acid can help with acne, age spots and hyper-pigmentation. A study out of Oregon State backs up linoleic acid’s reputation as an essential nutrient for the skin. Not only that, but rosehip might improve the look of scars and minimize associated skin discoloration, according to a 2015 study.
And, because it's an anti-inflammatory, it soothes a myriad of skin conditions, including rosacea, acne and eczema, to name a few.
Grapeseed Oil: Endless Benefits
Like rosehip oil, grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid which helps to combat acne and brighten the complexion. Pressed from the tiny seeds of grapes and often the byproduct of wine-making, grapeseed oil is also loaded with antioxidants, including vitamins C and D. And, grapeseed oil locks in moisture - thanks to its high levels of vitamin E. (As with Rosehip Seed Oil, organic and cold-pressed is the better choice to buy when using it in skincare, as it avoids any oxidation of the beneficial properties that would be lost through heat/chemical processing.)
Perhaps more importantly, this wonder oil contains proanthocyanidins—an antioxidant that boosts collagen production and protects the skin against free radicals. Since free radicals play a role in skin cancer, this is no small thing.
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