How to Use Rosehip Oil on Face: See 6 Incredible Ways to Use Your Oil

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Rosehip oil is indeed an amazing face oil. When roses wither away it seems the garden lost its beauty. But then, something better comes out of it. Rosehips are what’s left off the roses and when you cold press them, you get rosehip oil.

This carrier oil is packed with nutrients that are essential for the health, appearance, and texture of your skin. Rosehip oil has found a lot of applications in any beauty routine, loading your skin with these nutrients.

Continue reading to see a list of wonderful things you can use rosehip oil for, how to go about them, and other vital information.

1. Standalone Face Oil

On every skincare routine, there is an order of product applications. The order goes from the lightest to the thickest products. Face oils come in the last steps of your routine. Oils are occlusive, so, rosehip oil creates a seal over all other ingredients you have applied.

More so, it helps to lock in moisture, protect your skin, and give you glowing skin. Follow these steps to use rosehip oil as a face oil:

  • Begin your routine by cleansing your face (pre-washed) with a mild cleanser to remove residues of dirt, oil, makeup, and soap
  • Dampen a clean cotton ball with a cleanser and gently wipe across your face and neck
  • Then, balance your skin with a toner and remove stubborn makeup, oil, and dirt residues. Dampen another cotton ball with toner and gently wipe across your face and neck
  • Thereafter, treat your skin with a suitable face serum. Pump out the serum and release some drops onto your palm
  • Gently tap the serum all over your face until it is evenly distributed. Hold on for a minute so the serum absorbs into your skin
  • Afterward, moisturize your face. Take a pea-sized amount of moisturizer and rub it all over your face
  • Carry on with other creams like your eye cream or any other cream in your routine
  • It’s time to seal every other step with rosehip oil. Take some drops of rosehip oil in your palm and rub both palms together to warm the oil
  • Apply rosehip oil to your face by rubbing it all over your face in gentle motions
  • Wait for a few minutes to allow the oil to absorb into your skin until you can’t see any greasiness
  • Then, layer SPF to shield your face from sun damage
  • If it’s your night routine, you do not have to use sunscreen

2. Face Massage

Oils like rosehip oil make face massage a wonderful and therapeutic experience. They enhance the massage process by making your skin slick for the tool to glide smoothly over.

Additionally, rosehip oil has a lot of nutrients to deliver to your skin when you apply it to your face. Rosehip oil works wonderfully well with other carrier oils like jojoba oil to give you a pleasurable experience.

Face massage stimulates the pressure points on your face and neck, helps to relax your facial muscles, and improves the appearance of your facial skin. You can either use your hands, a gua sha stone, or a facial roller.

  • Wash your face, hands, and massage tool clean of any dirt that can make your face massage unhygienic and ineffective
  • Then, apply rosehip oil all over your face and gently tap it in to activate the muscles on your face
  • Thereafter, begin to glide your tool all over your face starting with your forehead. Work your way with your preferred tool using gentle outward motions
  • Maintaining gentle pressure, work outwards to your temples, eyebrows, and cheeks. Move onto your cheekbones as though you were sculpting your face
  • Apply the same gentle touch to your earlobes, chin, and jaw
  • Work downwards to your neck and massage it gently
  • Go over the above steps about 2-3 times to get the best out of a face massage. In between each session, take deep relaxing breaths
  • Afterward, you can rinse off rosehip oil with lukewarm water. You can have a face massage at any time of the day but doing it as part of your night routine will help you relax better

3. Skin Brightening Mask

Generally, face masks are hydrating and help to improve your complexion. Adding rosehip to your face mask will help to brighten your skin.

Rosehip oil has mild astringent properties which help to get rid of spots, refine and tighten your pores, and give you a brighter complexion.

For this skin-brightening mask, all you need are kitchen ingredients.

Materials: 1 tablespoon of rosehip oil, 2 tablespoons of boiled rice, half a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder

How to:

  • Mix all ingredients to make a paste
  • Apply the mixture to your pre-washed face. Make sure it is evenly distributed to mask your face leaving out your eyes and mouth areas
  • Then, leave the paste on your face for up to 15-20 minutes before you wash it off with warm water
  • Dry your face and moisturize afterward

4. Rosehip Oil With Aloe Vera DIY Face Serum

You can mix rosehip oil with some of your kitchen ingredients to make a face serum that tackles some of your skin concerns. Rosehip oil with aloe vera face serum helps to hydrate your skin, treat acne and fade acne scars.

This serum is not a daytime serum; apply it during your night routine and leave it on until the next morning.

Materials: aloe vera, 20 drops of rosehip oil, a dark glass bottle with a dropper applicator

How to:

  • Extract the gel from the aloe vera leaf and then blend it until it is smooth
  • Use a clean cloth to strain out the juice from the blended gel
  • Thereafter, transfer the juice into a glass bottle and add rosehip oil
  • Cover the bottle firmly and roll it in between your palms to evenly mix both liquids
  • During your night routine, always apply the serum to your pre-washed and cleansed face
  • After application, gently massage it into your face, and do not rinse it off
  • In the morning, you can rinse it off

5. Oil Cleansing

Oil cleansing always sounds funny and counterintuitive. However, it is a very effective face-cleansing procedure, it follows the oil lifts oil principle. Moreover, rosehip oil is a lightweight oil that quickly absorbs into your skin and dissolves oil and dirt plugs in your pores.

While rosehip oil cleanses your face, it helps to regulate sebum production and control acne breakouts. To effectively cleanse your face, mix your rosehip oil with castor oil to enhance its astringent properties.

  • Mix equal portions of both oils in a small glass bowl
  • Then, take the oil in your palm and apply it all over your face. Rub the oil in with gentle massaging motions
  • Afterward, dampen a clean towel with hot water (not hot enough to scald your face)
  • Wring out most of the water and place the towel on your face for 5-10 minutes
  • The heat will loosen the oil plugs in your pores and make it easy to get rid of them, especially if you have blackheads
  • When the time has elapsed, dampen the towel again (if it’s no longer hot) and use it to clean the oil from your face
  • Apply a face moisturizer to replenish and restore moisture

6. In Your Makeup Routine

Rosehip oil comes in very handy in your makeup routine. You can either use it as a primer or mix it with your foundation if it is too sticky. The oil makes your face slick for makeup application, prevents your makeup from caking, and gives you a dewy finish.

Applying rosehip oil as a makeup primer is especially beneficial for people with dry skin. However, you can use it if you have oily skin but in a sparing quantity to avoid having a too-luminous finish.

Underneath your makeup, the oil hydrates your face and creates a protective barrier that shields your skin from the chemicals in makeup products.

How Often Should You Use Rosehip Oil on Your Face?

You can use rosehip oil on your face every day, as part of your morning and evening routine, to get the best out of it. If on first contact, you experience some side effects like skin redness or itching, you can reduce the frequency to two times a week.

However, if it continues, you should discontinue use and see a doctor (if necessary).

Can You Use Too Much Rosehip Oil on Your Face?

Rosehip oil can be too much for your face if you have applied products that contain vitamins A & C in their formula.

Also, if you apply it more than twice a day without cleansing your face, if you apply more than is needed, the oil will leave product buildup on your face.

Consequently, you will have clogged pores which is not a natural phenomenon with rosehip oil.

Can You Sleep With Rosehip Oil on Your Face?

Yes, you can. Rosehip oil is best used overnight. Whether you apply it as a standalone face oil or face serum, or any leave-on form, you should not rinse it off. At night, your skin absorbs better and helps to boost hydration levels.

Rosehip oil is considered a dry oil; it leaves no residue or greasiness after application and absorption.

Can You Mix Rosehip Oil With Retinol?

Yes, you can mix rosehip oil with your retinol cream. Rosehip oil will serve the purpose of a moisturizer and prevent your skin from drying out. Also, it helps to soothe your skin and prevent skin irritations that retinol may cause.

However, it may not be safe for every skin type because rosehip oil contains small concentrations of retinoic acid which is also the active form of retinol.


Will rosehip oil clog your pores?

No, it does not. Rosehip oil has a comedogenicity rating of 1 on the comedogenic scale. Therefore, it is least likely to clog your pores and cause acne breakouts.

Rather than that, rosehip oil helps to regulate sebum production with its hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties.

Can you apply rosehip oil directly to your face?

Yes, you can. Rosehip oil is a mild, lightweight, and dry oil. It can also be used as a carrier oil to dilute essential oils.

It is safe to use it directly on your face without fear of any irritations. And if you like, you can add it to your moisturizer to boost its moisturizing property.

Should you apply rosehip oil before or after moisturizer?

Apply rosehip oil after moisturizer, according to the rule of skincare product application. You should apply your products from the thinnest to the thickest so that one does not interfere with the absorption of the other.

Moreover, oils serve as an occlusive seal over all other products to keep the other ingredients trapped and prevent moisture loss.


Face oils are essential for your beauty routine. Therefore, you should always go for lightweight oils like rosehip oil that can serve a wide range of purposes, from health to cosmetic purposes. This carrier oil absorbs quickly into your skin and leaves no residue.

You can use rosehip oil with your face scrub, to make a serum, to cleanse your face, and as part of your makeup routine. Overall, it works to improve the appearance and texture of your skin.

Most importantly, before you use the oil, you should carry out a patch test to be sure it perfectly suits your skin.

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