Every week, we will be featuring each of POWER BALM™’s 9 Super Ingredients. It makes sense to start with our most luxurious ingredient, Rosehip.
Rosehip seed oil is extracted from seed of the rose plant. Used in folk medicine for centuries, it has the power to give your skin all the good R’s: Restore, Renew, Regenerate, Replenish. Here’s why we think it is Super.
- Kate Middleton loves Rosehip Oil. Google “Rosehip Oil” and you will be hard pressed to find an article without reference to the Duchess and how she uses it in her daily routine, so…enough said.
- Free-radical fighting antioxidants! They’re only one of the most popular skincare ingredients ever, according to Mintel. Rosehip oil is packed full of these antioxidants which fight to repair sun damage and signs of ageing. According to Dr Mike Bell, skincare scientific advisor at Boots, ‘Topical antioxidants target the surface epidermal layers of the skin’, he says. ‘They work by quenching the free radicals that are on the skin’s surface, and by supporting the skin’s own natural antioxidant system in the surface layers of the skin.’ So, when we put antioxidants on our skin, free radicals are neutralised topically first, then help your body fight off free radicals as we move into the deeper layers of the skin. After the age of 30, we especially need this extra bit of help as we don’t naturally produce as many antioxidants.
- Fatty acids. Okay these two words are only beneficial to skin if you put them together, kind of like the opposite of vegan cheese. Rosehip oil is made up of 80% essential Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids, instantly plumping dehydrated skin & adding elasticity to the skin.
- Colourful Carotenoids. We’re often told to eat the rainbow, but the same applies when it comes to our skin. Rosehip oil contains Lycopene & Beta carotene (also found in massive quantities in our Red Palm, but more on that another week). Lycopene gives plants their red pigment (think tomatoes) and it exists in plants specifically to prevent damage from light. It is truly a powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory which protects skin from environmental toxins. Beta carotene lends plants an orange pigment (think carrots) and is a pro-Vitamin A. It is helpful in treating dry skin conditions such as eczema & psoriasis and its healing properties are quite amazing. It can be used to help heal lesions & cuts, aids in the treatment of ulcers, impetigo, boils, & removing age spots. The consumption of beta carotene has been said to make your skin glow, but I wouldn’t recommend spreading Power Balm on your toast.
- Vitamin C(ollagen): Rose hips contain the highest content of Vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable. Vitamin C boosts cell regeneration, and collagen synthesis needs lots of Vitamin C!
Get a good dose of organic rosehip oil in our very own Power Balm™.