This Vitamin C rich rose facial oil is recommend for dry, sensitive, normal and mature skin.
Remove hairy bits from rose hips. Place hips in a mason jar (size will depend upon how many fruits you have). Pour oil to cover over the hips, all the way to the top of jar. Place on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks. Place a coffee filter in a funnel, and then place the funnel on the top of a dark amber jar. Pour the oil into the funnel to strain. For every 1 cup of oil, add in 1 TSP of Vitamin E oil. Simply prick each capsule open with a sterilized needle or sharp knife. Vitamin E acts as a natural preservative and increases the shelf life of your oil. You can also add in 10-20 drops of rose hip seed oil, which is the oil pressed from the seeds of the hips (sold in health food stores), which adds extra hydrating power. Shelf life of oil: 6 months. Best kept refrigerated to extend shelf life.
To Use: Use a dropper to place a dime size amount of the oil in the palm of your hand, and then apply to your face. Don't let your fingers touch the dropper, as they may harbor bacteria that can then be introduced into your oil.
Rose hips are just wonderful: they smell great, are emollient (skin softening and hydrating), and are brimming with Vitamin C. While rose hips intensify in their sugar content with colder weather, it's not necessary to wait that long to pick the rose hips for this recipe. Indeed, older rose hips can harbor worms, larvae and spiders, so best to leave those ones to make rose hip jelly! Ideally, you want to pick the rose hips for this facial oil when they are orangey-red to red, during the earlier days of fall.
Do you have a great sense of smell? If so, you'll be keen to use it: rose hips can smell either more like a rose or have a fruity smell, sort of like an apple (well, apples and roses are in the same family :)). If you have many rose hips, you can therefore choose to sort them according to how they smell. I personally prefer my facial oil to smell more like roses and to leave the fruitier smelling hips to make rose hip jelly, but that's up to you. I have found that rose hips picked later in autumn, especially if there has been a cold snap, will have this duality: some hips will smell more like a rose while others will smell more like a fruit.
Olive oil (organic, first cold pressed, virgin or extra virgin) is cheap to use and works just fine, but if you want to add more nourishment to your skin, especially during the harsh winter months, then try a heavier oil, such as walnut, avocado or macadamia oil. These oils are more costly than olive oil--- feel free to experiment with other oils if you like.
You can even try an experiment (like the one I did): make 3 oils, one with avocado oil, one with olive oil and one with walnut oil, and then see which one your skin likes best. I found the walnut oil the most nourishing, and didn't notice much difference between the avocado and olive oil. Feel free to experiment with other types of oil, such as seabuckthorn, argan and jojoba oil.
If you'd like to turn this oil into a cream, you can try this recipe using aloe vera and shea butter HERE.
Last tidbit: I have received many compliments on my skin from using this oil. So has an elderly friend of mine, who, being in her late 80s, has noticed that this oil offers her softer, smoother skin.
As always, Enjoy :)