On the hunt for a simple ingredient to replace your bottles of chemical laden skin care products? Tired of implementing the twelve step, triple cleansing, double serum method, after a fifteen hour work day? Yep, you still have leftover mascara on the outside corners of your eyes. Look no further.

Rosehip oil is considered one of the most effective multi-purpose ingredients. This plant-based oil is extracted from the seeds of tiny fruits that develop inside roses. The unique fruit has a pear-like shape, which makes it look like it has protruding hips, hence the name rosehip.

This precious amber-colored liquid is capable of killing acne-causing bacteria, thanks to its antimicrobial properties (US National Library of Medicine article). It evens out skin tone and lightens dark spots by encouraging cell turnover. It attributes these unique qualities to one ingredient, tretinoic acid. This is the active ingredient found in Retin-A (research article). Dermatologists prescribe Retin-A for healing acne, smoothing wrinkles and lightening hyperpigmentation. As Retin-A's distant all-natural cousin, this liquid gold is extremely effective in delivering visible results.

Unlike Retin-A, rosehip oil is extremely gentle. It doesn't cause peeling, swelling and redness. The essential oil is emollient yet absorbs quickly which makes it ideal as a daily moisturizer. This soothing but potent wonder is most definitely worth trying, especially for those with temperamental skin.

Delving deeper beneath its effects, the molecular structure of this oil conforms to the needs of severely imbalanced oily skin. Rosehip is abundant in linoleic acid which acne-prone skin is deficient in. Unlike most face oils, it is low in oleic acid which instigates an overproduction of acne-causing sebum. This rebalancing shrinks clogged pores and restores the skin back to health (Byrdie article).

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on exfoliating acids, moisturizers and skin brightening serums, pick this tiny bottle up at a nearby health food market. My favorite brand is Trilogy which is available at Wholefoods. Be sure to patch test first, before applying to your entire face.

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