Oil of the Month – April: Rosehip Seed Oil

Yes, it’s true, it’s no April Fool’s joke, we’re almost in the second third of this year and the Easter Eggs in the grocery shop are there to testify. The year has sped up and the last few months of summer have zoomed by in the blink of an eye. But not to fret, this April’s oil of the month, Rosehip (Rosa rubignosa) seed oil, will help you feel more revitalized and ready (as ready as one can be) for the turbulence of winter that is rapidly approaching.

Rosehips are the oval, scarlet seeded fruit that forms on the branches of rose plants after the flowering period. Inside the hips are light brown seeds which were a popular source of Vitamin C in the Middle Ages and during World War II when it was used as a citrus replacement to treat coughs and colds. This resulted in their widespread use in teas, soups and broths.

For centuries, the Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans have been using it for its healing benefits. After extensive studies were done in the 1980s on the numerous benefits of rosehip seed oil on all skin conditions and especially on sensitive skin, rosehips were introduced into the cosmetic industry. The dry oil is extracted from the seeds in a cold extraction process and is mostly used in skincare products for its high concentration of vitamins and essential fatty acids.

Rosehip seed oil is used in aromatherapy. By simply inhaling the invigorating scent, it can help reduce autonomic responses such as breathing rates and systolic blood pressure and invoke a calm mental state.

Contrary to rose oil, it has a subtle woody aroma and has a comedogenic rating of 1 which means it is easily absorbed by the skin and unlikely to clog any pores.

We love rosehip seed oil because:

  • It is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids. Vitamins A and C promote collagen formation to help improve elasticity and firmness of the skin.
  • The high concentration of phenols has been shown to have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Its primary function is to hydrate and soften the skin. The presence of fatty acids help keeps the cell walls strong to prevent moisture loss.
  • Natural exfoliation with rosehip seed oil reduces dullness and leaves the skin looking glowing and vibrant looking.
  • It’s fantastic in helping prevent scarring.

That is why rosehip seed oil is, as we like to call it, a magic-maker and why it is used in several of the products in the Le Riche Naturals range. In the Cape Mountain Youth Elixir, the rosehip oil ensures hydration and nourishment whilst preventing premature aging. In the Regenerating Night Balm, the oil helps to reduce inflammation and redness and it prevents moisture loss to guarantee healthy, glowing skin. It is also used in the Miracle Moisturiser, if you ever wondered where the “miracle” part came from.

This month not only marks the start of Autumn but also includes the spiritual holiday of rebirth and renewal, Easter and on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. And since rosehip oil is known for its regenerating, rejuvenating and grounding properties, it is only suited that it is our oil of the month.

Even though it is not straw-hat weather anymore, your skin can still have that summertime glow if you incorporate rosehip seed oil into your skincare routine. So, bring on the (Jon) snow. Remember to stop and smell the flowers this April - the last roses of the summer season are more than often the most beautiful ones.