Celebrities from Kate Middleton to Miranda Kerr to Victoria Beckham have reported using rosehip seed oil to help keep their skin looking moisturized and fresh. Is it worth the hype?
We think so. We’ve used rosehip oil for years in our unscented Bare lip balm. Designed for especially sensitive skin, the balm feels luxuriously smooth.
What is rosehip oil?
Rosehip oil — also known as rosehip seed oil — is cold-pressed from the seeds of rosehips, the fruit of certain varieties of rose bushes.
Rosehip seed oil is not the same thing as rose water or rose oil, both of which are derived from the rose blooms and smell like the flowers. Rosehip seed oil does not smell at all like roses. In fact, it has a nearly neutral scent.
Why is rosehip oil good for skin?
Rosehip seed oil is packed with Vitamins A, C, and E, which are reported to help calm skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone. Vitamin A, in particular, helps with cellular turnover (so skin looks fresher.) Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which plumps and firms the skin.
Rosehip seed oil also contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids, which help maintain your skin's natural barrier healthy and moisturized. Many people report rosehip seed oil helps reduce redness and inflammation. Some say it helps reduce the appearance of scars.
It’s also a light, gentle oil that can be used on the skin daily. (Although, as with any new ingredient, you should test it first on a tiny patch of skin to make sure you’re not allergic or otherwise irritated by it.)
Is rosehip oil good in lip balm?
In our Bare lip balm, we enjoy that rosehip seed oil makes the balms feel extra silky and moisturizing. Plus it gives the balm a rich golden color.
We also find that when combined with the other ingredients, including jojoba and cocoa butter, the balm creates creating a lasting feeling of moisture. (No re-applying 50 time a day!)
And no, in case you’re wondering, rosehip seed oil does not stain or tint your skin or lips!
Can I use Stewart & Claire Bare lip balm on my face?
What’s great about this unscented lip balm is that you can absolutely use it on other skin, especially if it’s in need of extra moisture. Because it’s so rich and contains wax, we don’t recommend applying it to skin that’s prone to breakouts. But it’s perfect for rubbing on your cheeks or anywhere that feels extra dried out or chapped, especially in the winter.