Oil extracted from the seeds of the Rosa canina plant has been used as a healing agent for centuries. Not all that long ago it was the kind of thing you'd find in the pharmacy aisle of an independent health food shop or in the medicine cabinet of a slightly hippyish aunt who would swear it could fix anything. Then Miranda Kerr mentioned it in an interview...
In the spring and summer of 2012 you couldn't get it anywhere; stock sold out as soon as it came in, £20 bottles were going for £100 on eBay, phrases like 'miracle serum' and 'elixir of youth' were bandied about by beauty editors. Two years later the honey-coloured oil is ubiquitous, appearing on the ingredient lists of everything from scalp rejuvenators to cracked heel creams.
Rosehip oil contains antioxidants, fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9), phytosterol, and lycopene. Clinical studies have shown that it noticeably diminishes the appearance of stretch marks and scar tissue, fine lines and wrinkles.
Now I use it as part of my evening skincare routine. I cleanse and tone, then, with warm fingertips, I spread five drops of Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil over my face. The oil is light and non-greasy, non-comedogenic and absorbs almost instantly. I love how smooth, supple, bright and nourished it leaves my skin. And it's just one ingredient! (If you have a friend who doubts the efficacy of natural skincare products, gift them a bottle of this...)
Rosehip oil is best kept in a draw or cupboard as it will quickly spoil if exposed to light – when good it is odourless; once rancid it has the distinct whiff of overcooked chips. A 45ml bottle will last about six months.
£16.50 | 20ml | trilogyproducts.com