One of nature’s small miracles is the rose hip. It can feed the human in survival situations. It can give patients plenty of vitamin C in the form of rosehip soup during the winter colds and it can especially give aging women a fantastic skin when used in skin care. If you are thinking about trying to use rosehip in skincare then this is the rosehip oil you should look for but this type of oil can also be found under the names rosehip and wild rose oil. Rosehip seed oil can be found in most stores that focus on more natural skin care.

The fine effects of rosehip seed oil

Thanks to a high content of carotene and retinol, rosehip seed oil can do wonders for a worn complexion. In addition, rosehip seed oil contains many important fatty acids that the skin needs to remain elastic and maintain a young appearance, such as Omega 3 , Omega 6, Omega 9, palmitic acid and stearic acid. Rosehip seed oil should preferably be cold pressed during preparation so that the oil brings with it the good substances of rosehip without risk of being destroyed by heat and other stressful methods. As the name indicates, rosehip seed oil is made from rosehip seeds and the oil gets a lovely red-colored hue.


Anyone who grows roses in their garden knows that during the autumn, rosehips are formed on the rose bushes, but it is usually not these roses that are referred to when talking about rosehips. Instead, it is the closely related wild rose that gives the typical rose hips and here it should be said that there are several different varieties to choose from, all of which look a little roses as well as garden roses belong to the rose family which has been given the Latin name “Rosa” in the taxonomy, but of the wild varieties there are mainly four different types and these are; rosehip (Rosa dumalis), resin rose (Rosa villosa), feather rose (Rosa rugosa) and stone rose (Rosa canina). However, the fact that these are the most common varieties does not mean that they are the ones you will find in rosehip seed oil that you have purchased, for example apple rose (Rosa rubiginosa) is sometimes used for this oil.

Some training may be required to recognize the various wild roses, but after a short period you can definitely distinguish them. Rosehip rose to three meters high, often has light pink roses that do not smell as strong and has rosehip with the classic tapered shape. Stone rose is very similar to rosehip and the resin rose can also have great similarities to rosehip. Rose petals have large and strongly scented roses that are found in white, light pink as well as cerise and this shrub grows up to two meters high and receives round rose hips.

The Matchless Rosehip

Thus, it is the berry itself or the fruit of the rose bush that is called rosehip and in fact the rosehip is neither a berry nor a fruit, but instead it is classified as a fruit. The rosehip is thus a kind of fake fruit that contains a group of large seeds and most children have ever encountered these in the form of “powder”, which is so often stopped inside the sweaters when children bus each other. The fact that rosehip seeds would contribute to even skin care products such as rosehip oil starting to itch is highly unlikely and there are no reports that this would be the case, despite the fact that rosehip seed oil is used extensively.

What is so amazing about rosehips is that they are incredibly rich in vitamins and other essential substances. In fact, they are of such great importance that they are classified as one of the most important plants for survival if you ever rose hip fruit end up in a survival situation out in Swedish nature. The most well-known is probably the high content of vitamin C, since, among other things, rosehip soup and rosehip belong to the home remedies during cold times. For example, it is said that in 100 grams of dried rosehip there can be up to 2000 milligrams of vitamin C, which means 2% of rosehip is pure vitamin C. It is a breathtaking figure for vitamin and if you were to get these amounts through other fruits that are typically classified as vitamin C rich, for example you would need to eat as much as 40 oranges.

In terms of skin care, however, it seems that the rosehip content of vitamin A is an important factor, and the rosehip also contains caratenoids – just like carrots – which give the rosehip its red or orange color. Some of these well-acting carotenoids are carotene, lycopene and lutein, all of which are considered to have anticancer effects. As far as carotene is concerned, it is a precursor to vitamin A, so by using products that are rich in carotene, the body is given the opportunity to form its own vitamin A.

The Weight of Retinol

Vitamin A is the same as retinol and for the body to function well this is of great importance. Most well-known is retinol perhaps as an important part of the eye’s function, where deficiencies cause people great difficulties to see in the dark and they can become extremely sensitive to light. Eye inflammation such as ocular catarrh can also occur as a result of vitamin A deficiency, and the same goes for the disease xerophthalmia, which means that the mucous membranes in the eye become dehydrated. From this information it is therefore easy to understand that vitamin A also helps the body against dehydration in other body parts and not least skin and scalp. Skin inflammation and unclean skin are common signs that your body is deficient in Vitamin A and in this category there are also dandruff and similar scalp related problems.