Seed Oil - A Foundation For Beauty!
seed oil has become widely recognized as an effective
skin and beauty care agent in the last decade, with
great interest surrounding its scientifically-validated
beauty-enhancing effects. The oil has been heralded
as a miracle cure for skin, useful for a great myriad
of conditions, from premature aging and sun damage
to scarring and other damage. What is this wonderful
red liquid, where does it come from, how does it work,
and most importantly, can it work for you?
Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seed within
the fruit of the wild thorny rose bush. Native to
Chile, the plant is now cultivated elsewhere in South
America with many countries producing the oil. Also
found under the name 'Rosa Mosqueta', the oil has
been used by native people for hundreds of years,
but only recently became known to the rest of the
The red colored oil can be either solvent extracted
or 'cold-pressed' - pressing is the really way to
go, as there is no chance of any solvent residues
remaining in the final product, and it is easier on
the environment. The cold-pressed oil is the closest
to nature; it has a high essential fatty acid content,
and is considered more delicate than other seed oils.
For this reasons, pure rosehip seed oil should be
kept in a cool place, out of direct light, and should
be used within 1 year of purchase. Otherwise the more
fragile of the fatty acids could begin to turn bad,
and your skin might not be so fond of them.
Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of natural
vitamin E and natural vitamin A, or 'trans-retinoic
acid'. Retinoic acid, the acid derivative of vitamin
A, is the active ingredient found in Retin-A or Tretinoin.
Retin-A (a pharmaceutical preparation) has been heralded
as a wrinkle cure because of its ability to increase
skin cell proliferation - or speed the time it takes
for your skin to regenerate. In fact, rosehip seed
oil has been extensively studied for many of the same
actions attributed to Retin-A, and has been shown
effective without side effects (like over-drying and
peeling - though unlike Retin-A, it should not be
used to treat acne).
The first major study on rosehip seed oil was performed
in 1983 by a team of researchers at the University
of Santiago, Chile. The study's participants included
individuals with diverse forms of skin damage: deep
wrinkles and other premature aging, UV damage, radiation
damage, acne scarring, burn scarring, dermatitis,
and other problems of this type. Rosehip seed oil
was shown to have significant, noticeable effects
in regenerating the skin, reducing wrinkles and scars,
and helping the skin to regain its natural color and
Another later study was conducted on women ages 25-35
with extensive premature aging of their skin. Again,
rosehip seed oil significantly reduced the appearance
of wrinkles and sun spots after daily application
for four months. Research has continued on the oil,
with one study noting: "On some skin troubles like
superficial wrinkles, chestnut spots and ephelides,
good results have been obtained. After 16 weeks of
treatment, wrinkles and spots become imperceptible."
The oil has been used to successfully treat a long
list of skin related conditions, including: age spots,
wrinkles and premature aging, sun damage, scars from
acne, burns, and surgery, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis,
hyper-pigmentation, brittle nails, and even dry and
Besides its regenerative properties, rosehip seed
oil is also an excellent moisturizer. This is most
likely due to its high essential fatty acid content
(fatty acids that the body cannot produce itself),
which are necessary for healthy skin. The oil penetrates
the upper layers of the skin quickly and, being known
as a 'dry' moisturizer, does not leave the skin feeling
greasy or oily.
As for daily use of rosehip seed oil, it is considered
extremely gentle and can be applied undiluted to the
skin. It may also be blended with other oils like
jojoba and sweet almond, and will still have wonderful
effects at 10% of the total concentration. Further,
rosehip seed oil makes an excellent carrier oil for
aromatherapy - blends with essential oils having skin
regenerative and soothing properties are highly recommended.
For improvement of scarring, a simple blend of 20
drops of Helichrysum Italicum per 1 ounce of rosehip
seed oil, applied daily to the area, can be helpful.
Helichrysum is known for its content of regenerative
'ketones'. For a more luxurious beauty blend, try
the following in 4 ounces of rosehip seed:
5 drops Helichrysum 5 drops Lavender 3 drops Sandalwood
3 drops Neroli 3 drops Carrot Seed 3 drops Geranium
2 drops Roman Chamomile 2 drops Jasmine 1 drop Palmarosa
1 drop Ylang Ylang
Even simply the Helichrysum and Lavender will go a
long way - Lavender oil is very gentle, and is also
known to have regenerative properties.
So, whether using rosehip seed oil for healing your
skin, or simply giving it a little nourishment, you
will almost certainly be happy with the results. This
luscious oil, with its broad range of positive effects,
is sure to take a prominent place in your natural
beauty botanical collection.
Rae Cech ND is a naturopath and yoga teacher practicing
in Boulder, Colorado, and the owner of the Ananda
Apothecary. Misty regularly employs aromatherpy,
flower essences, and herbs with her clients to support
natural healing processes.