The Holy Grail Oil That ALL Skin Types Can Use
Maybe you’re obsessed with oils for your skin, perhaps you haven’t really thought about incorporating them into your regimen, or maybe you’ve even avoided them because you feel like your skin is already too oily. Whatever the case, there’s a universally revered skincare oil that works like magic no matter your complexion. We’re talking about rosehip oil – the “dry oil” VIP of Wishful’s Get Even Rose Oil, $63 – and with dermatologist insight we’re formally acquainting you.
What’s the Deal with Rosehip Oil and Why is it So Great?
As you might have guessed, rosehip oil is extracted from one of the prettiest flowers on the planet: roses! Technically, the oil comes from cold pressing the small, bulbous fruit seeds (called “hips”) of the flower.
“Rosehip oil helps to hydrate, protects from environmental aggressors, and delivers essential fatty acids to the dermis. As a result, it can improve skin hydration, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and visibly improve areas of discoloration,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.
Let’s examine some of the key components of rosehip oil that makes it so bomb:
- It’s antioxidant-rich, “especially in vitamin C and linoleic acid, which neutralize free radicals, limiting rapid aging caused by oxidative stress,” says Dr. Engelman.
- It’s full of fatty acids. “The omega fatty acids in rosehip oil hydrate and moisturize the skin while reinforcing the protective skin barrier,” explains Ife Rodney, a board-certified dermatologist and founding director of Eternal Dermatology. It helps moisture stay locked in, too!
- It contains vitamin A: Like retinol (a Vitamin A derivative), “vitamin A increases cell turnover in the surface layers of the skin to unclog pores and gives a bright, even complexion,” notes Dr. Rodney. “It also stimulates collagen in the deeper layers to make the skin look firmer, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
Wishful Get Even Rose Oil, nicknamed a “magic oil” by Huda herself, boasts all the above benefits and more. Rosehip oil is the star ingredient, and it’s blended with 14 additional carefully selected oils to deliver a healthy-looking glow, brighter skin, and a visibly even texture.
When you say, “Dry Oil,” What do you Mean?
We know what you’re thinking, sis. Oils, by their very nature, are technically wet. We’ll let Dr. Rodney explain.
“In simple terms, dry oil refers to the way the oil reacts with your skin. Essentially, they absorb quickly when applied [and don’t leave behind any residue],” she says. “’Wet’ oils, on the other hand, stick around a little longer and can leave an oily residue. Most dry oils come from plants and seeds, like avocado oil and grapeseed oil. Rosehip also falls in that category.”
Long story short: dry oil goes on, skin drinks it up right away, and then your skin feels dry (but still hydrated) to-the-touch.
What Skin Types Benefit Most From Using Rosehip Oil?
Given all the benefits of rosehip oil that we outlined above, you can see why this is an all-star ingredient that many skin types can use.
“Anyone with dry, dull skin can add rosehip oil to their regimen, as it brightens and rejuvenates the complexion. It is also great for acne-prone skin as it helps to unclog blocked pores – the root cause of acne. Because it absorbs so easily, people with oily skin can benefit, too,” says Dr. Rodney.
In addition to giving you a glowy boost, its antioxidant prowess helps keep free radicals from damaging your skin throughout the day. Dr. Rodney adds that, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, rosehip oil can also be a helpful ingredient for those with specific skin conditions, such as psoriasis or rosacea (but run it by your dermatologist first).
Sounds pretty great, right? So, one last question for you: Will you accept this rose?