First things first: There is absolutely nothing wrong with aging. It's a good thing! Just think of wine—the longer it's around, the more mature, well-rounded, and generally happiness-inducing it becomes. But there's also nothing wrong with wanting to smooth out lines, even your skin tone, and generally brighten things up a bit.

Fortunately, there's rosehip oil: our all-time favorite, all-natural anti-aging ingredient. We love it so much, we packed it into Balancing Oil, our cult-favorite multitasking facial oil. Once you try this power ingredient, you'll never go back.

First, let's get clear on what rosehip oil (or, technically, rosehip seed oil) actually is. Though the name conjures up pretty images of rose petals, the ingredient is actually derived from the fruit that grows beneath the rose. The fruit's seeds are pressed to extract the precious oil, which has been prized since antiquity for its incredible healing properties. Here's what makes it such a skin savior.

It smooths lines, firms, and plumps.

Retinol who? In one eight-week study, researchers found that crow's feet were significantly improved as a result of rosehip oil's collagen-boosting abilities. The study also showed an increase in elasticity—meaning the oil can reverse sagging and help tighten overall.

It has crazy regenerative properties.

Consider rosehip oil a multi-vitamin for your skin, thanks to high concentrations of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and K, all of which help your skin accelerate healing. This will help you recover more quickly from everything from acne and sunburns to dark spots.

It brightens and protects.

Rosehip oil is also an excellent source of vitamin C, A.K.A. nature's gift for evening out skin tone, improving dark spots, and giving a healthy glow. It also guards skin against damaging free radicals and pollution, slowing down the production of spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

It deeply nourishes.

If you've tried conventional anti-aging products, you know how drying and irritating they can be. Not so with rosehip oil, which is loaded with fatty acids that not only increase moisture, but help lock it in. And since rosehip oil is easily absorbed by the skin, you won't feel a greasy residue when you apply it, either.

It fights inflammation.

Vitamin E and anthocyanin can help quell redness and even rosacea and eczema, but also: "inflammaging," or inflammation within the body that leads to everything from cardiovascular disease and certain cancers to skin aging, is a real thing. Incorporating rosehip oil into your routine twice daily will help keep "skin-flammaging" at bay.

July 15, 2020

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