After checking out Pharmaca back in December of 2015 and being introduced to a handful of brands that specialize in 100% all natural products, I decided to take the plunge and try out some oils on my face. I’ve been waiting a bit to give an update on my winter skincare routine to try out a couple of products over a longer period of time to see what would work best with my skin. Based on what I was looking to achieve for my skin (even out the tone and deal with the dryness during the winter without looking too shiny), I was originally recommended this rosehip seed oil by Aura Cacia, but it was sold out in the store I visited.
Instead, I looked to find some other rosehip seed oil alternatives. Outside of Pharmaca, doing some research and reading lots of reviews online, I bought two and tested the effects of each of them on my skin. I picked up one that was a 100% pure rosehip seed oil, and another that had a mix of rosehip and other fatty oils that claimed to have similar benefits for the skin.
Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum Apricot + Rosehip
I started using this Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum Apricot + Rosehip because it was made by a brand that was recommended by the consultant at Pharmaca. It’s all natural and has a pleasantly light, sweet smell. The size of the bottle is perfect to bring in a carry-on bag when traveling, as well.
Using this oil first was a good introduction to the world of using oils. Having never used them before, I was a bit intimidated and felt like this was an easy way to dip my toes into the water. The pump on the bottle doesn’t allow for a lot of control for product dispensing, but one pump seemed to be the perfect amount for coverage on the face.
The oil itself is light and feels nice on the skin. It left my face with a bit of a shiny look to it for the first 15 minutes of application, but after soaking in, my skin looked normal again. I loved the fact that after only a few days of using it, I could already see the benefits of my skin making less natural oils and my skin wasn’t overly shiny or greasy at the end of the day.
After a month of using this product, I noticed that my skin was still a bit dry. I applied the oil once in the morning, and again at night before bed, which is how often I used to apply face cream. With this hiccup, I decided to try a pure rosehip seed oil to see if it would make a difference.
Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil
Looking for a 100% pure rosehip oil was easy through Amazon. With the thousands of raving reviews, I bought the Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil. Straight out of the gate, I loved that this bottle came with a eyedropper to control the amount of oil dispensed. What I don’t like is that there isn’t a smaller bottle option than the 4oz size and that the bottle is glass. Not exactly the most travel-friendly, but fine for on the counter top.
Similar to the apricot + rosehip serum, I trialed the pure rosehip oil for a month to see how my skin would react to it. One thing that was way different was the fact that the pure rosehip oil has a bit of an orange-red tint to it. Putting it on my skin on day 1 freaked me out a bit because I looked like I had jaundice! Thank goodness I did this at night before bed instead of first thing in the morning! The tint does go away as the oil is absorbed into the skin, so I would recommend applying it at least 15 minutes before bed to avoid tinting your pillows.
I find myself only moisturizing with this oil once a day (at night) because of the tinted colour of the oil itself that “stains” the skin until it’s absorbed. At first, I worried about my skin being too dry if I didn’t moisturize twice a day, but it’s worked out really well! My skin feels smooth, hydrated, and not shiny. The viscosity of this pure oil is visibly lighter than the previous serum, too.
Overall, I’m really happy with the switch from using face creams to only rosehip seed oil! I’ve been using the Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil exclusively when at home. When traveling I’ll bring the Nourish Organic Argan Face Serum Apricot + Rosehip with a bottle of Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer, since the Radha bottle is glass and not exactly the most travel-friendly.