Lots of people are scared of applying oil to their face. They think it will make their skin greasy or give them spots or they simply don’t like the feel of it, which is understandable as it seems counter-intuitive to apply more oil in order to balance your skin’s oil production. And yet oil is one of the best products you can use on your delicate facial skin. It is a truly underrated beauty ingredient.
The skin produces its own natural moisturiser called sebum, which prevents the skin from drying out. The production of sebum peaks during puberty and then decreases with age. Simplistically put, over-production leads to what we call oily skin, while under-production leads to dry skin.
Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that form after an injury as they replace normal skin. The formation of scars is a normal part of the healing process and this is the way that the skin deals with every kind of wound. However for those of us with scars on our face, we would prefer to gently get rid of any scar tissue in the most natural way possible – using facial oils.
For those of you who have read any of my blog posts before, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of rosehip oil. It is one of my favourite cosmetic oils and one which I always have in stock when I’m formulating new products.
The seeds of the rosehip are cold pressed to extract all the oily goodness, which tends to have a red hue. This oil is then bottled and sold as cold pressed rosehip seed oil. Although rosehips grow in many parts of the world, the oil you can buy is extracted from the seeds that form in the hips of the wild rose of Chile – Rosa Affinis Rubiginosa, – commonly known in Chile as Rosa Mosqueta.
This beautiful red oil underwent clinical trials in South America in the early 1980s, when a scientist at Hospital van Buren in Valparaiso, Chile conducted research on 180 individuals. This scientist was called Dr. Fabiola Carbajal Montiel. Her name is frequently mis-spelled on the internet and all sorts of different facts float around about her study, so I wanted to share this incredible study with you.
Her clinical trials studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rosehip seed oil was applied to their skin over a long-term (at least 4 month) period and the results were then reviewed throughout the study.
The results were found to be incredible. Even scars that were over 20 years old showed marked improvement after using rosehip oil. Rosehip oil was found to regenerate the skin, reduce scars and wrinkles, prevent the advancement of wrinkles and ageing, and help skin to regain its natural colour and tone.
So if you have unwanted facial scarring, buy yourself a bottle of unrefined cold-pressed rosehip seed oil. Massage a few drops into your facial skin every night and maybe even take a selfie before and after a few months to see whether this oil works its miracles for you too.
Lorraine Dallmeier is Formula Botanica’s Director. She runs DIY Beauty Diva at www.diybeautydiva.com where she shares all her favourite DIY beauty recipes. Follow Lorraine on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DIYBeautyDiva
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Lorraine Dallmeier is a Biologist, Environmental Scientist and the Director of Formula Botanica, the award-winning online organic cosmetic science school. Read more about Lorraine and the Formula Botanica Team.