As some of you may know, I am a wee bit preoccupied with my hyper-pigmentation. Between the fact that Asians pigment easily and the fact that I over-peeled and refused to wear sunblock whilst having acne, I have two beautiful spots appearing on my left cheek (I also am convinced I’m getting a pigmentation mustache, but we’ll leave that neurotic tirade for another day). So, naturally I’m drawn to using organic rosehip oil, which can help even out skin tone without peeling or bleaching.
Rosehip for Pigmentation
Rosehip oil is excellent for pigmentation and scarring due to its natural healing properties containing vitamin c and vitamin a, making it one of the only natural and non-exfoliating treatments for this.
One client I know has been using rosehip oil on her pigmentation for years now and has said that it has taken patience, but her pigmentation has decreased by about 30%. That may not sound dramatic, but consider that it will not peel your skin (despite containing vitamin a), so it will not make you more sun-sensitive like many conventional lightening products.
But rosehip oil is not only beneficial for hyperpigmentation; it is also fantastic for preventing skin aging. Because it contains anti-oxidants such as lycopene (along with vitamin c) as well as essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9), it is wonderfully replenishing. This means it helps retain hydration, protect skin tissue, prevent oxidative stress and heal wounds (such as scars and other skin traumas).
Choosing Quality Rosehip Oil
The best rosehip oil is organic and cold pressed, and its quality is shown in its color. Rosehip oil comes from a small red fruit (not a flower) and its oil should yield a beautiful, brilliant orange color. It does give the skin a yellow-y hue for a minute or so, but it will dissipate in moments.
I personally prefer using it as my nighttime moisturizer over top of my serum, but you can use it day or night (it’s especially nice under powder make up).
But one point of concern: rosehip oil is stimulating as it stimulates skin regeneration, so it can trigger a break out. Those with acne should only use it as a spot treatment on acne scars if breaking out habitually. If you are like me and no longer have an issue with pimples (save for the occasional outlier zit) it will not cause this problem, but only help heal the war wounds of acne.
So if you are looking for a solution to pesky dark spots, skin marks or dehydration and fine lines, try using organic rosehip oil. Applying this oil will be a more supportive and restorative approach to pigmentation and anti-aging, and will not have side effects. Natural and compromise-free…rosehip oil is remarkable.