As promised the other day, today I'm reviewing one of my long time loves, the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.
If I recall, this first came to my attention courtesy one of the many Brit blogs I read, right around the time the idea of putting oil on one's face came into the mainstream. I know some people out there still feel a bit skittish about it, but I'll try basically anything once (at least, when it comes to skincare), and, boy, am I glad I did. After about a year and a half of daily use, I can happily attribute the continued health of my skin at least in part to this fabulous little bottle. In the winter, I use it both morning and evening, after toning and before moisturizing, and it definitely helps keep my skin hydrated, a must in the nasty Chicago winter. Most of the scientific hubbub around rosehip oil arises from a study published in 1988 out of a university in Peru, although I've not yet had any luck digging up and reading the study myself. I'll be sure to update this post if I can find a place to read it online. At any rate, the summaries I've read suggest that the vitamin A in the oil is what helps repair the skin and reduce the look of scarring.
The first bottle I had was the 45mL size, which would be a better deal but for the fact that this oil can get a bit iffy if you've had it open too long. I ended up not being able to use the entire bottle before it got blech-y, so the second time around I went for the smaller size. However, I recently gave it a go on a burn I got from my hair curler (once it reached the flaky stage, of course, there's a warning to avoid broken skin on the bottle), and it's remarkable how little of a mark there is. Obviously I didn't have a control for this, as I try not to burn myself too often as a rule, but there's practically no scar, so if it did help, thanks. Next time I have to re-purchase, I may consider going with the larger size so I can try it out on some older body scars I have as a result of my continued inability to avoid hitting objects while walking around in my daily life.
In summary: get thee to the internet/Whole Foods. I love this shit, and it's a hell of a lot cheaper than most facial serums, which is the step I'm replacing with this.