What Rosehip Oil Does for Skin and How to Use It

Rosehip oil in skincare is a thing and you are just about to find out everything about it.
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Everybody knows oils nourish the complexion and have numerous properties for the skin. Plus, they give it an irresistible glow, while preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Of course, not all oils can be used by all skin types, and the most delicate here is oily skin. But guess what? Rosehip oil can be used by oily and blemished skin too because it’s non-comedogenic. Rosehip oil does everything from boosting cell regeneration and speeding up healing to improving texture and tone. Does it sound familiar? Yep, because above everything, rosehip oil is a retinol alternative.

Okay, okay, let’s start with the beginning.

What is rosehip oil?

No, rosehip oil isn’t the same as rose oil. We get rose oil from rose petals, while rosehip oil comes from hips, the tinny fruit seeds collected once roses lose their petals. Rosehip is rich in essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, two heroes for the skin. Plus, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, and K. Now, you will be pleased to know the list of gains is long.

Skin healing

Responsible for the healing effects of rosehip oil are the fatty acids omegas 3 and 6, known to aid in cell regeneration.[1] Moreover, rosehip oil is rich in vitamin K, an MVP for speeding up heal and skin repair process.[2] It could be that you just met a new bestie!


Let’s say a big thank you to vitamin K again! Known for promoting cellular metabolism and skin healing, it also may have antioxidant benefits. Plus, since rosehip oil contains vitamin E, it gives more antioxidant benefits and long-lasting moisture, supporting skin to stay smoother and softer. On top of that, rosehip oil contains high levels of vitamin C, helping to boost collagen and fight free radicals.

Exfoliation and brightening

Due to its high vitamin A and C content, rosehip oil boosts cell turnover in no time, swamping away dead skin and revealing even, brighten skin. What about dark spots? Rosehip oil covers that too. That’s possible thanks to vitamin C, which aids skin regeneration, inhibiting melanin production.

Soothes inflammation

Sensitive skin can be such an ouch! Are you suffering from eczema or extreme dryness? Rosehip has a lot, but a lot of vitamin E great at calming stressed-out skin and reducing redness. Along with vitamin E, there is another comrade: vitamin B1 which also helps with redness, irritation, and dryness.

How to use rosehip oil for skincare

Rosehip in skincare should be applied like any other oil, by delicately massaging it into the skin after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating and before moisturizing. Just that don’t moisture your skin right away; wait for a few minutes until oil is absorbed.

When to apply rosehip oil?

Using rosehip oil in the morning allows your skin to enjoy all antioxidant benefits and gives a moisture canvas, protecting the skin barrier against environmental stressors. You can use rosehip oil in your PM routine too! You know for sure you’ll wake up to a healthy glow.

How much oil to use?

Warm 2-3 drops between your fingertips and apply them on your face, neck, and décolletage.


  1. Massachusetts General Hospital, Cellular renewal process may underlie benefits of omega fatty acids, February 13, 2013. Source
  2. Pazyar, Nader et al. “Wound healing effects of topical Vitamin K: A randomized controlled trial.” Indian journal of pharmacology vol. 51,2019. Source
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