Regular readers will already know how much I love putting rosehip on my face. So consider this an update to my previous post here.
Rosehip oil is rich in Essential Fatty Acids – primarily Omegas 3 and 6. Omega 6, otherwise known as Gamma Linoleic Acid, is also found in Evening Primrose, Starflower and Blackcurrant seed oil (all of which you’ve no doubt spotted in skincare ingredients lists and advice on healthy diets and supplements). GLA helps to heal scar tissue, making rosehip a perfect ingredient for those with uneven skin pigmentation, acne scars, or those whose skin tends to mark very easily (subtext: those who, like me, tend to pick at spots. For shame. Hang your heads…). Rosehip oil also contains trans-retinoic acid, which is a natural form of Vitamin A; a key ingredient in anti-ageing.
All-in-all, I love it and have been putting it on my face, in one form or another, for about a year now. Just recently, I’ve been trying out a couple of new things so I’m introducing them here as other ‘rosehip’ options for those who share the love.
Rio Rosa Mosqueta oil**
The folks at Rio Rosa Mosqueta source their rosehip oil from high up in the Chilean Andes; the particular type of rose is Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa (for any botanists out there). I used it consistently for about 8-9 weeks and didn’t notice any reaction or change in the overall health of my skin – which is what I hoped for, because my skin was rosehipped to the hilt and all I really wanted to establish was whether the Rio Rosa product caused any decline.
As with all rosehip oils, just a few drops warmed in the palm of your hands and pressed lightly into the skin will do it. And I don’t think there’s anything separating the performance of the Rio Rosa rosehip oil from the Trilogy product I was using immediately before.
If I was forced to make a choice, I think my Pai rosehip oil just takes the edge. It contains concentrated rosehip fruit oil as well as the seed oil. Rio Rosa’s oil is fairly light in colour and quite runny or liquidy. The pai rosehip oil is gloopier and more like the colour of honey. For some inexplicable reason, I just prefer this – maybe psychologically, it just feels like there’s more in there. It also has a stronger grassy smell, like the Trilogy oil, whereas the Rio Rosa oil has almost no fragrance at all. Rosehip is a divisive smell so if you’re not keen, the Rio Rosa oil is definitely for you.
In short, the Rio Rosa Mosqueta oil is definitely one I’d recommend. If you’re looking to incorporate rosehip oil into your facial skincare routine, it’s worth trying a couple of brands before fixing on the one that suits you and your skin best. The three brands I most recommend for straight-up rosehip oil are Pai, Trilogy and Rio Rosa Mosqueta.
One final point. If any of you are interested in the science bit, there’s a really interesting page on Rio Rosa’s website which details some of the recent clinical trials on rosehip oil.
REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate
This isn’t a rosehip oil, per se. It’s a blended oil treatment with rosehip oil as one of its primary active ingredients. And it’s pricey. I reckon I’d probably not have rushed out and bought it for myself. (It was actually a free gift with a magazine subscription.)
Having said all that, it’s good. Really good.
It’s billed as an anti-ageing product because of the Vitamin A component (that’s the ‘Retinoid’ bit in the name). There’s no disputing Vitamin A works; it’s just not always an option for those with more delicate skin. REN’s concentrate gets my vote because its Vitamin A comes from natural sources – in this case, Andean Musk Rose Seed Oil and Sea Buckthorn berry flesh; much gentler options for sensitive skins.
In addition to that, it contains something called ‘Retinoid Analogue’ from Brazilian White Beggar’s Stick Flower, which apparently boosts collagen, corrects skin tone and repairs sun damage. If it does that, it’s a wonder product but I’ve no idea what retinoid analogue is (non-digital retinoid??) and I’ve never heard of the White Beggar Stick Flower.
South American stick flowers aside, I have very much enjoyed using this and I’d happily use it again in the future if I was feeling flush, as an alternative to my usual rosehip oil. It’s a rich, orangey oil with a nice gloopy feel and you need just five drops warmed in your palms and pressed into your skin. I use it nightly under my moisturiser – currently Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream (which is wonderful). Anti-ageing benefits will need to wait another couple of years (or ten) to assess, but it’s made my skin feel brighter, softer and calmer. And I get that lovely fresh-faced gleam along my cheekbones, which lasts all day.
Ingredients: Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Gossypium Harbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance)*, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Linalool.
*100% Natural Fragrance
**Disclaimer: The people at Rio Rosa Mosqueta were kind enough to send me a sample of their rosehip oil to try out. I’m featuring it here because I have no problem recommending it to others.