I have been testing so many facial oils lately – they seem to be the new hot thing – and I have to say I am a generally a fan.
I actually picked up this Kosmea Rose Hip Oil as a free sample and cracked it open to use when I wanted to do a light facial massage before bedtime.
I’ve noticed there are a lot of products around at the moment that contain Rose Hip Oil! Kosmea’s is certified organic (from South Africa), and it is supposed to be the highest quality oil – it is not bleached, deodorised or coloured.
Rose hip oil comes from the hip or fruit of the rose. It is rich in Vitamin C and can be used to moisturise the skin, reduce appearance of scars, for stretch marks, sensitive skin and so on.
The funny thing is I ended up using this oil daily for a few weeks because I did a big tidy up and was too lazy to dig out my usual serums. So I used a few drops of this at night instead because I figured it was better than nothing.
Firstly it’s quite a rich, thick oil. Despite that, it doesn’t sit horribly on the skin, it does sink in and feel quite nice.
However – whilst it hydrated my skin I didn’t feel like it fixed dry patches – the dry bits still stayed dry and a bit flaky.
The oil itself is a strong orange yellow – I don’t have a problem with it but it doesn’t look pretty but then again it’s very pure. It also retains it’s natural smell which I find to be a really strong, nutty smell. To be honest, I’m not keen on the smell – it could be nicer but once again, it’s just how it is!
I’d rather put up with the smell then have a less pure product. Some people may like it – it’s not putrid, but just don’t expect the roses.
Something I liked this for was for scars. I had a huge spot which was raised too – I used this and OBSESSIVELY massaged it into the spot for 3 days (then I moved on to something else for the redness).
But it did a great job! After the few days of massaging this in, the thick spot began to peel back. It was very gentle and thankfully I didn’t see any scarring or more redness.
I’ve been thinking about whether I like this product or if it’s just like any facial oil. I have been using this pretty regularly – in fact it’s in my handbag right now, and despite the fact I don’t like the appearance of it, I can’t knock the fact it is a really good oil.
It did a real treat in terms of scar prevention and also I like it for facial massage. I say yay to this product!
Check out Kosmea’s products here. This oil retails for around £16.95 for 20ml.