Rosehip oil is an essential oil derived from the seeds of the rosehip, a fig-shaped fruit that develops from some types of roses. This oil contains fatty acids and vitamin A, both of which work to soften skin. Though it is an oil, it is not greasy and nourishes skin rather than clogging the pores. It helps clear up blemishes and softens the skin to shed scarring more quickly. You can reap the benefits of rosehip oil by adding it to a daily facial cream. Rosehip oil and other simple ingredients to make your own facial cream are available at your local herbal and health food shops.
Things You'll Need
- Rosehip oil
- Other essential oils (optional)
- Base lotion or beeswax and soy lecithin
- Metal saucepan
- Wooden spoon or stick
- Glass jar
Soy Lecitin and Beeswax base
Mix about 1 tbsp. rosehip oil with 12 drops each of your other favorite oils. Grapeseed oil is good for moisturizing, chamomile is anti-inflammatory and walnut oil tones your skin. Stir these together well and set aside.
Melt about 1/2 cup beeswax in a metal saucepan that you only use for this purpose and stir in about 1 tbsp. soy lecithin. The beeswax will be the creamy part, while the soy lecithin helps bind the oil and wax.
Mix in the oil mixture, stirring constantly. Still stirring, pour the mixture into a glass jar. Leave the jar open and allow the mixture to cool, then seal it and set it in a cool, dry place. It should last for about two weeks.
Face Cream Base
Substitute a base cream for beeswax and soy lecithin for an easier face cream. Use an unscented lotion with an oatmeal or other grain base. An organic mixture is best.
Mix the oils in a separate bowl. Pour them over the dollop of lotion and mix well, whipping the oil in as you would whip egg whites. Mix until the oils are no longer visible.
Scrape the mixture into a jar and store in a cool dry place. The ingredients may separate but do not worry, just mix them back in with a wooden spoon or stirring stick.