Rosehip Oil vs. Rosehip Extract
Rosa canina (cold pressed Rosehip Oil)
The oil is extracted from the seeds of the wild rose. Contrary to what you read on the internet and in advertising campaigns promoting the benefits of Rosehip Oil the oil does not contain Vitamin C. (see rosehip extract below)
Rather the oil contains high levels of ‘Essential Fatty Acids’ namely: 1. Linoleic acid aka omega 6 (40-50%) and 2. Alpha-linolenic acid aka omega 3 (28-38%). From a topical skin perspective both of these substances help to supress inflammation which benefits the skin from a healing perspective. Omega 3 and 6 are also crucial nutrients that help to prevent the breakdown of the skin’s collagen matrix thereby helping to slow down the thinning of the skin during the aging process. Omega 3 & 6 when absorbed by the skin into the lower layers also show promising results related to protecting the skin from UV damage, but this does not mean that it contains reliable sun screen properties.
Rosa canina (freeze dried Rosehip Extract)
Rose Hip Extract is produced by a freeze-dried process of the fruit pulp. The extract is high in Vitamin C, beta carotene and bioflavonoids. Vitamin C is a very unstable nutrient and so to preserve its effectiveness - it is best to create small batches of skin care products and consider keeping your product in the refrigerator.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of research to support whether or not Vitamin C can be utilized by the skin topically - so be sure to eat your fruits too 🍎🍊🍇