Review by Lisa K.:
Rosehip seed oil is heralded as the solution for all manner of skin conditions, from eczema to acne to sun damage to stretch marks to wrinkles. Full of essential fatty acids, it’s supposed to be very nourishing to dry or dehydrated skin.
The brand that landed in my hands—UNi 100% Pure Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil—is all natural and certified organic. A very promising package!
Over the course of a couple weeks, I used this rosehip seed oil in a few different ways to see what kind of results I’d get. Here’s the breakdown:
1. I applied it to my left arm and left leg each night for a week, and at the end of that time compared left side to right. I have dry skin along the backs of my arms (lucky me), and the arm treated with the oil did become a little smoother. Likewise my left leg looked better moisturized than my right. Not 100% improvement on both appendages, but maybe 50%. Perhaps with a longer timeframe I’d see better results.
2. I rubbed it into my cuticles, and generally all over my hands, each day for several days. Definitely resulted in lovely cuticles and frankly, nice-looking nails. So I saw a great result there.
3. In fortuitous timing for this product testing, I discovered a dry, scaly spot on my right forearm (about a half-inch in diameter). My skin does this occasionally, often in cold weather. I applied the rosehip seed oil daily to the spot for 4 days, and watched the dryness get worse. The skin turned red and flaky and the dry patch grew in size, perhaps indicating an allergic reaction. So I cut bait on product testing and treated with shea butter for a few days, which solved the problem. Total fail on the part of the rosehip seed oil in this particular case.
3. My husband swapped the rosehip oil into his skin care routine for a few days, applying post-shower instead of the coconut oil he typically uses. At first he was unimpressed, but then he made some usage adjustments and let me know what got results: using a full dropper of oil, rather than the 2-3 drops recommended, and slathering that generous amount onto his skin. He said that with the full dropper amount he finally felt like some moisturizing was happening, but found the quantity needed to feel a difference was too much for him and went back to his tried-and-true coconut oil.
Details about the aesthetics: The oil absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and thoroughly, and leaves behind a light sheen that’s not objectionable. But although the label pronounces it “fragrance free,” I cannot agree. The scent is fairly mild, but it’s still there: a lingering earthy, almost burnt smell that I keep thinking smells like popcorn hulls (post popping). My husband couldn’t detect a fragrance, but I do have a Super Sniffer (like Gus on Psych), so it might be something only I can smell. I thought it was worth mentioning, however, for those users with scent sensitivity.
My bottom line on this product is a mixed bag of results. If I gave the product more time, or maybe doubled the quantity I was applying, I might see more to cheer about in terms of skin hydration, but at least I ended up with improved cuticles.
Where I got my rosehip oil: Amazon
Where you can get your rosehip oil: Amazon
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