Latin Name: Rosa Mosqueta
What do Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton (yes, the Duchess of Cambridge!) all have in common? They reportedly use rose hip oil to keep their skin ultra smooth and healthy!
But this isn't some modern fad. Thanks to it's amazing healing properties, rose hips have been used for thousands of years by the Ancient Egyptians, Native Americans and the Mayans, and during wartime Britain the oil was made into a syrup to give to children in order to help prevent infection.
Rosehip oil comes from the fruit left behind after a rose (grown predominantly in Chile) has flowered and dropped all it's petals. Using a cold-press extraction method, the oil is separated from the seeds and hips, and when applied externally, offers a multitude of benefits, including cell turnover and skin protection, thanks to the vitamins E, C, D and b-carotene (a form of vitamin A) it contains.
Also high in antioxidants and fatty acids, rose hip oil can also provide anti-aging benefits due to the cell regeneration (thanks, fatty acids!), and soothe and treat symptoms relating to skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema.