Ancient Ayurveda: The Benefits of Rose and Rosehip

Introduction 

We’ve all tried putting rose water on our face- after all, it’s making a comeback on the skincare scene. Rose, on the other hand, has been used in Ayurveda for many centuries. Is rose really beneficial to skin and why is rosehip such a big part of skincare? Is it really effective? That’s what we’re about to find out.

Rosehip is the accessory fruit of various rose species. Both parts of the rose plants- flower and fruit are used in skincare products but we’re here to see what the hype is about. 

Whether you’re exploring the collagen space or already taking it, you’ll see the words ‘rosehip extract’ on almost all the ingredient labels. Well, we’ve been reading up on rosehip and this is everything you need to know.

Rosehip is the fruit at the base of a rose plant usually harvested in the winter after the rose petals have fallen off. It is mostly used for skin enhancement but it’s true value lies much deeper. From cutting down signs of aging to claims of it aiding in weight loss, rosehip is pretty much a must have. 

Benefits 

Anti-Ageing

One of the things rosehip is known for is being rich in vitamins. It has an abundance of both vitamins A and C which contribute to most of its beneficial properties. Both vitamins are essentials to any good skincare routine because they work miracles on the skin. 

Vitamin A in particular smoothest out wrinkles and makes the skin level and plain. We get vitamin A from our diet through peas, spinach, broccoli and carrots. Even though you generally won’t find vitamin A supplements, it's crucial for good skin which makes it a necessity for improving the quality of your skin. 

Rosehip has around 1303 mcg of vitamin A that is easily absorbed by the body making it a good source of vitamin A. Rosehip oils are also very common. They advertise smoother, wrinkle free skin that is healthier from the inside. 

Treats inflammation and redness

Inflammation is the body’s negative response to getting hurt. We get red or scarred skin and bruises all the time. Rosehip oil has quite a few polyphenols and anthocyanins that can help reduce this swelling or inflammation. 

Of course, putting just rosehip oil on your skin after getting badly bruised isn’t going to work. You need to apply it consistently. It should reduce constant inflammation and help that area of your skin get stronger. 

Hydrates and Moisturizes 

Rosehip is notable for moisturizing the skin. Usually, rosehip oils will seep into the skin and lock in moisture but rosehip used in other formulations can do almost the same thing. 

On a molecular level, rosehip has lots of fatty acids that strengthen the cell wall. This helps them retain water and hydrates dry skin. The antioxidants in rosehip go deep into the cell to moisturize. 

The evergreen shrub has astringent properties which let it shrink or bind your skin. Because of this, many people use rosehip to brighten their face. It's much easier on sensitive skin, for example, the areas around your eyes. You can generally use it without any side effects. 

Combats UV Damage and Dark Spots

Like we’ve already mentioned, rosehip has quite the profile when it comes to vitamins. Every 100 grams of rosehip has almost 426 mg of vitamin C! Considering you only need 90 mg a day, that’s a lot of vitamin C! 

While also being a great immunity booster, vitamin C is widely popular for getting rid of dark spots. That’s why rosehip is used to lighten, and brighten skin. It reduces hyperpigmentation, clears your face, and is easy to absorb. Rosehip is also used to help digestion of other harder ingredients like iron, zinc, and even glutathione

Fights Acne

Even if we overlook vitamins, rosehip still has surprises. Packed with retinoids, it works wonders on acne. Try putting some rosehip oils or cream on those pimples that just won’t go away. 

It regulates your skin’s oil production which even reduces blackheads. By freeing up clogged pores, it ensures that acne clears up quickly. 

Not to worry, rosehip is light on even the sensitive parts of your skin. That means those under eye areas as well. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness or swelling of your eyes (that means those eyebags, too)!

Aids in weight loss

It’s crazy to even think that just a single fruit can help reduce your weight. Yes, it’s crazy but it might just be true. It may take time but slow and steady wins the race. 

Recent studies have shown that using rosehip oils can help you lose weight. The studies say that rosehip suppresses lipids or organic compounds that can’t be dissolved in water. This helps your body stop gaining weight and decreases the amount of fat present. 

In addition to all this, some research also claims that rosehip prevents stretch marks. If you continuously use rosehip during your pregnancy, it could very possibly help you avoid those after-pregnancy stretch marks. 

Even if it needs more research to confirm, it isn’t harmful for your skin and definitely worth a try. 

How we use rosehip

Most Skin Project supplements include rosehip extracts. That means you get all the goodness of rosehip with the power of collagen to enhance your skin. Rosehip is used in our Red Berry Collagen, Skilixir, Sleep, and Skinny Skin Tea

Each product has its own unique benefits but in all, we guarantee you’ll see the effects of rosehip. 

We use rosehip to whiten, brighten, and clean your skin but most importantly, it acts as an absorbing agent and helps push the other ingredients to their full potential. 

Conclusion

When in doubt, use rosehip to enhance your skincare. We’ve found that the rumors are true- it erases signs of aging while beautifying you from the inside out. From rosehip oils and rose water to its extracts used in supplements, roses and their subsequent fruit are an essential in skincare. Don’t take our word for it though, go try it out for yourself and let us know what you think!