But, amongst the jojoba, almond and coconut oils there has been one old and faithful oil quietly working its magic on skin long before it was cool to be part of the oil gang: rosehip seed.
There’s a good reason people have been into this guy for so long – it’s kind of a skincare overachiever.
Brightening, great for evening out skin tone, full of antioxidants, super moisturising – and it also contains fatty acids and vitamins which makes it ideal for anti-ageing.
There’s even some evidence to suggest it can help fade minor scars because of its combo of vitamin A and C.
See what we mean? Total overachiever.
But there are a few things about rosehip oil that might surprise you, too – and knowing these will not only help you smash trivia nights, it’ll also help you sort through the thousands of oils out there to find the one that’s right for you.
To get the lowdown we spoke to Athena Hewett, creator of oil-based natural beauty brand Monastery. And, as someone who formulates and blends her own products by hand, she’s one person who knows a hell of a lot about oils.
Here’s what she said:
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It’s a ‘dry’ oil.
Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Well, what “dry” actually relates to here is how quickly it’s absorbed on the skin. “A dry oil isn’t oily or slick in sensation, instead it has more of a tacky feeling and absorbs super quickly” says Athena.
On top of that, dry oils are also astringent, which makes them less comedogenic than other oils (like coconut) and therefore perfect for oily skin types.
It really comes from roses.
No, there isn’t some crazy “rosehip” bush we’ve been missing all along – the good stuff comes from plain old roses. Or, more specifically, the seedpod of the rose bush that looks like small red berries.
When they’re cracked open the insides are a vivid orangey/red colour… which brings us to the next point.
The colour isn’t just for show.
Rosehip’s colour isn’t just about good looks.
As Athena explains, “it also means that it’s packed with Vitamins A and C (like carrots!) which can help brighten the complexion.”