Hello again, savvy savers! Today’s review, Skinology 100% Certified Organic Rosehip Seed Oil!
What makes this product so great, it’s essential fatty acids. This oil is very high in vitamin C and A; A as retinol: the only plant-sourced oil to contain Vitamin A, otherwise found in many animal fats, like fish oils. Useful for dealing with photodamage, retinol helping with cell regeneration/turnover, collagen renewal, elastin levels. Great if you can’t use any other forms of vitamin A without massive skin reaction. General skin food: linoleic acid or omega-6, and linolenic acid or omega-3: good for moisture, repair, soothing and smoothing, especially on more sensitive and eczematic skin.
Another great point? This product can be consumed, too–or mixed into a tea, such as in the form of rosehip tea–indeed, as many benefits from ingestion as from topical application.
Effects and results:
- Skin smoother, more even, firm.
- No irritation, feels soothed. May be increasing skin resilience (and may “toughen” it up slightly–in the case of thin fragile skin, this is a great thing)
- Helps moisture levels (in my case, in combination with moisturiser and sunscreen on top).
- May help reduce scarring; also used for stretch-marks.
Main types of Rosehio Oil:
1. Unrefined, cold-pressed: most RHO on the market is this type, from cheap (Garden of Wisdom etc.) to very expensive (Trilogy etc.).
2. Unrefined, but different manufacturing process, super critical CO2 extraction.
3. Unrefined, CO2-extracted seed oil + fruit CO2 extract: ex. Kosmea, Pai Organics, or you could mix your own, with 95% RH oil + 5% RH fruit extract (ex. the GoW CO2 RH fruit extract)
4. Refined, seed only, like the NOW one.
Pros and cons:
Blend of seed oil + fruit extract vs. oil only: more sterols and carotenoids, compared to seed-only. But: YMMV on skin tolerance.
Unrefined vs. refined: goes off fast. Needs refrigeration and, even refrigerated, to be used up fast. If not, if it goes off, watch out for bacteria and mould (and applying them to skin).
CO2 extraction vs. cold-pressing: more stable, doesn’t oxidise, kills all bugs dead, longer life. But: expensive.
Refined from seed: same benefits as CO2 extraction, better tolerated on sensitive skin, longer-lasting, and cheaper. But: lower levels of antioxidants.
Also, on that antioxidant business? As with anything else, most of the research has been done on ingestion rather than topical application, and, roughly speaking, you’ll get most benefits from consuming the stuff rather than slapping it on skin.
If you’ve had issues with RHO before, and keeping with other products I have been able to try, this product was also odorless. Very light yellowish shade, nearly colorless.
Cost: $17.95, shipped through Amazon Prime Program.
Packaging: amber glass bottle, dropper and screw-cap.
All in all, this was a great product, and I would purchase it again!
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