This week on Mother/Daughter Monday, we tackle the ever popular rose hip oil. I had been thinking of trying it out to prevent the disaster I incurred last winter when my skin fell apart in the harsh Sydney conditions and have been reading a lot about rose hip oil from fellow sensitve skinned bloggers. When Mum was in Sydney and we hit up Priceline one day, we decided to both try it out and see how we liked it.
Here's how we went:
When I went to Sydney a fortnight ago, I told Katherine that in everything I was currently browsing, women were extoling the virtues of rose hip oil. Now, I am a big rose hip fan since suffering some arthritic symptoms about 6 years ago. I have been taking five Rose Hip Vital tablets per day and, as a result, the pains in my joints disappeared and, as rose hips are the highest plant source of Vitamin C available, the additional benefit is that I haven't had a cold in all these years.
But I said we both had to try the rose hip oil. Me, because I am older and Brisbane's winter is unforgivingly dry and Katherine because she has such beautiful, delicate skin, and she has been raising her concerns regarding the parabens in today's skin care products with me for a while now.
At Priceline there were a number of brands available and I chose Australian brand, Sukin. They create organic products that are free of, amongst a number of bad ingredients, parabens and Sodium Laurel Sulphate in their entire skin care range.
I have been using just the rose hip oil after cleansing every night for 10 days now, massaging it into my face and neck. It is not greasy to go to bed in, rather just makes my skin feel like velvet. In the morning the same soft feelng is still there, and I believe I can see a difference in my skin tone and colour – I'm just waiting for the wrinkles to start melting away now. This is a beautiful product and I would recommend it to anyone. At only $17.60 for 25ml it is very affordable.
We chose different brands of rose hip oIl, assuming that both would be quite similar and incur the same results. I selected award-winning A'kin Rose Hip Oil ($17.99) and I suggested that we incorporate it into our night routine for a week or so to see what results we got. As well as not entirely agreeing wtih Mum's take on exactly whose idea it was to trial the product together in the first place (her recollection is literally the complete opposite of mine), my skin did not agree with the rose hip oil at all.
The day after first using the oil, I awoke to red bumps under the surface of my skin on my usually extra dry forehead and my cheeks. I thought it couldn't be possible that this could have been a result of the rose hip oil but, all the same, decided not to use it the next night. Sure enough, the following morning the bumps had almost completely gone away and, mostly due to the outstanding reviews of it, I was sure that it was a coincidence. I used the rose hip oil for two consecutive nights and the bumps came back worse than the first time.
I decided to stop using it and went back to my Clinique regime for sensitive skin and reducing reddness. It took about three or four days, but the red bumps have finally subsided. I really wish that I'd had the same positive results because I have been searching for so long for a product to ease my dry, sensitive skin but, alas, it would seem that my hunt must continue. In no way do I believe or am I suggesting that there is anything wrong with the A'kin product, just that I perhaps had some sort of allergic reaction or sensitivity to the oil. I'm glad that Mum (and so many others) have had great success with it and hopefully I will find my winter skin cure one day soon!
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