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Beauty / Ilana Leonard

Rose Or Rose Hip: Which Skin-Loving Oil Is Best?

In October’s Pink Parcel we’re treating you to The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel. With aloe, rose hip, rose and bilberry to boot, this florally-infused cleanser leaves skin feeling refreshed and beautifully nourished. We know that rose and rose hip oil are both great for the skin, but what’s the difference?

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel

Why Rose Oil?

Rose essential oil is extracted from the flowers of the rosa damascena plant (that’s rose petals to you and me). Rose oil is rich in anthocyanins – a type of flavonoid that has been shown to protect cells from the damage caused by sunlight, as well as strengthen capillaries. Rose oil is also a source of quercitannic acid and gallic acid – two types of polythenols that are rich in antioxidants and can reduce inflammation, as wella s having astringent properties. Rose oil also contains nicotinamide, vitamin B3, which is also anti-inflammatory and great for the skin.

Anti-ageing and restorative properties

Rose oil is a powerful anti-ageing elixir that protects and restores. The anthrocyanins in rose oil protect against free radical damage and the breakdown of elastin – both of which cause wrinkles to form and speed up skin ageing.

Boosts circulation and heals broken capillaries

Sun damage and ageing can cause tiny blood vessels to form around the cheeks and the rest of the face. The anthrocyanins and nicotinamide in rose oil help to heal broken capillaries, which can cause redness, as well as boost circulation to promote a healthier complexion. Rose oil is also recommended for inflammatory skin conditions, as well as eczema and rosacea. This is because it’s naturally anti-inflammatory and healing, helping to reduce tissue damage.

Uplifting and calming scent

Roses are a symbol of love and romance – the intoxicating scent of rose has been used for centuries to attract a mate. The uplifting scent is a staple in aromatherapy blends, that’s used to calm the nervous system. Rose oil is a natural antidepressant and has soothing properties when inhaled. The Organic Pharmacy Rose Balm is a multipurpose balm that’s perfect for keeping in your handbag ready to use on lips, cuticles and dry skin, which leaves skin powdery soft and smelling like roses.

Why Rose Hip Oil?

Rose hip essential oil is extracted from the berries of the rosa canina plant. This skin-loving oil is rich in essential fatty acids and carotenoids, including betacarotene, lycopene, rubixanthin and zeaxanthin. This makes rose hip oil fantastic for reducing the appearance of scars, wrinkles and sun spots.

Fades scars and stretch marks

Rose hip oil has one of the highest levels of essential fatty acids known and is composed of around 45% linoleic acid and 35% linolenic acid. It can be used all over the body to help fade scars and stretch marks. Massaging rose hip oil into the skin after a shower, focusing on hips, thighs and buttocks, is a great way to naturally fade stretch marks and scars.

Protects against free radicals

Free radicals are naturally-occurring molecules that are everywhere – they’re inside our bodies and in the environment that surrounds us. Sun exposure and smoking can cause an increase in free radicals, which can cause the skin to age prematurely. Wearing sun protection on the face and body is essential to limit this damage. Another natural fix is to use skincare products that are rich in antioxidants and to eat antioxidant-rich foods. This is because antioxidants naturally restore balance, support cells and reduce cell damage caused by free radicals.

Increases skin elasticity and radiance

Its high fatty acid content and action on elasticity and fibroblasts makes it an invaluable ingredient for skin radiance. Used in anti-ageing facial oils, serums and moisturisers, it can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation caused by sun damage. We love The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream as the perfect post-cleanse indulgence.

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