A Rose Is…*

Well, it is getting close to Valentine’s Day so, of course, I just had to ask. Flowers or candy?  Or Both?  I love flowers in general and I love roses – pink roses – but my very favorite flower is a Stargazer Lily and the list goes on from there.  So what’s up with the rose question?

Recently my youngest daughter came by for a visit and though I had seen her two weeks earlier, I had to do a double take when it came to her skin. It had a new healthy glow and was just beautiful.  “Uh… whatcha using on your skin, sweetheart,” this beauty product mom had to ask.  She casually replied ‘rose hip oil for 7 days so far’ as she smiled with a twinkle in her eye.  She went on to say it is working wonders on her c-section scar, too.  So as soon as she left I had scampered to my computer and ordered a bottle to try within minutes.

A rosehip is part of the fruit that grows on the blossom of a wild rose called Rosa canina. This rose grows in Europe and parts of Africa and Asia. These rosehips are packed full of Vitamin C and other antioxidants and vitamins, and minerals. They also contain a substance that fights inflammation.

Like many natural oils, Rosehip oil boasts a range of beauty benefits for the skin, hair and even our nails. And! Rosehip oil, unlike most other oils, absorbs rather quickly which is a plus for most of us.

Rosehip oil’s Vitamin A is known to promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation, which causes skin to glow and appear fresh and supple. The rejuvenation works on normal skin and also skin damaged by scarring from the sun, but a word of caution here.  It is not a sunscreen, so remember that when you go outside. You still need SPF products.

The Vitamin C in Rosehip oil reduces the appearance of dark spots, aging spots and hyper-pigmentation, too. You can apply the oil to the affected area to see a reduction in unsightly dark spots over time. I have a couple of dark spots on my hand and I can see it beginning to lighten after only 10 days.

Rosehip oil adds some moisture for dry or mature skin, which can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, too. And, unlike other oils, the smooth and light texture of Rosehip oil is unlikely to clog your pores. It improves the texture of skin and protects against premature aging.

You can make your own skin moisturizer by applying a few drops on your skin or by adding a few drops of Rosehip oil to some coconut oil and applying to dry skin. As coconut oil is antibacterial, some people may even use this mixture to improve irritated skin.  I actually just add about 5 drops to my face and massage it in twice a day.  Then about 5 minutes later I apply my moisturizer cream and then my makeup so it will set for the day.

*A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein 1913

Which is loveliest in a rose?  It’s coy beauty when it’s budding, or it’s splendor when it blows? – George Barlow

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