Throw Out All Your Expensive Serums. This Is All You’ll Ever Need.

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She’s back! It’s been a rough couple weeks, and I’m still trying to hack up a lung most of the time. But I’m lucid at least.

But seriously, about that title, I promise it’s true.

You all know that I love serums. To death. I’m always up for trying a new one. I’ve used everything from $10 NYX serums, to the $150 Michael Todd Knu Serum. The latest serum that I had been using was the Lancôme Visionnaire which clocks in at a lovely $89 plus tax. It was so good though, that after I finished the bottle that New Beauty sent me, I was more than willing to fork over the loot to Sephora to have a new one of my very own.

The Visionnaire answered all the questions that I had about my skin. Can you improve the texture? Yes. What about hyperpigmentation spots, take care of those? Yes. Brighten, shrink pores, make me look all around flippin great? Yes, yes and yes.

However, as much as I was willing to spend the money for it, I didn’t want to. I had heard from different sources that pure, cold-pressed rosehip seed oil would do the trick just as well, at least for the hyperpigmentation which is what I’m always mostly concerned with. I hate walking around looking like a bloody Dalmatian. And the less spots I have, the less the cover-up I need to use, which is always a good thing for sensitive skin types.

Thing is, there are a lot of shills about, companies that will purport to sell you what is pure rosehip oil, but in fact, they’ve diluted it greatly. Don’t take my word for it, just look at all the reviews on Amazon. Then, almost all of them are way over the $20 price point. Seems silly to quibble about $20 when I was willing to shell out $90 for the Lancôme doesn’t it? Well, I know I would have been really upset had I spent the money on something crappy and fake. So I went to a source that I’ve always had excellent luck with regarding oils and other natural products, Vitacost. Vitacost oils are not only pure, they’re also very inexpensive, and they have sales all the time. Bonus, Vitacost is in Marietta, an hour away from me so when I order, I generally have my order the next day. If I order in the morning, I have it by 6pm that evening.

I got a 1oz bottle of the Vitacost brand Rosehip Seed Oil for $4.76, and they had a buy one get one half off sale, so I scored another for $2.38. I also got a 2oz bottle of Vitacost brand Argan Oil for $12.70.

So if you’ve never heard of Rosehip Seed Oil for skincare, I’m going to give you some info on it right now. So these first things are what you should be looking for when buying a Rosehip oil.

  • Pure and cold-pressed

Unless it’s cold pressed, you’re just buying oil. It will have about as much benefit to your skin as rubbing baby oil onto it. It’ll be soft but that’s about all. Cold pressing preserves the nutrients in the oil, while hot pressing will destroy them.

  • Naturally nutrient-rich, with vitamins & antioxidants
  • Quenches skin with omega-6 fatty acids
  • Light & silky – absorbs quickly

It is a dry oil, so it does absorb rather quickly and will not leave you looking greasy or shiny and it’s perfectly safe for people with oil prone skin. In fact, this would be a very good oil for oily people to use to regulate sebum production.

  • No additives or preservatives

Not really sure that I have to say this but preservatives and additives will only destroy, and reduce the efficacy of the oil.

Rosehip seeds are loaded with skin-loving antioxidants, phytonutrients and omega-6 fatty acids, but especially vitamin C and has a higher content than citrus fruits.

There are couple of ways that you can use this oil, I prefer to use it on my face, because honestly it’s the best thing I’ve ever used on my face that didn’t come from a cosmetics company. I’ve been using it since the start of December and pretty much immediately there was a noticeable difference in skin brightness. Then I noticed that my hyperpigmentation spots had started to fade, somewhat quickly at that. At the beginning of January, I realised that I hadn’t had a new pimple since I started using the oil, and my texture had improved. But the big deal and the real reason that I bought it, was scars.

I have a few acne scars (and when I say scars I mean craters) on my face, from past breakouts and I was told that the oil may be able to fade the scars. I also have some raised moles on my face, that…had a meeting with some sandalwood powder and fled. What they left behind was a cluster of shallow dips in my skin. So, the oil, completely faded the cluster and now that part of my skin looks normal again. I have a bigger scar on my left cheek which is the result of popping a pimple. That’s started to fill in.

If you have oily skin, acne prone skin, scars and spots, you need to give this one a try. It’s inexpensive, and it does everything and more that a high priced serum would do, and as an added benefit, it will contain no additives, fillers or preservatives. Seriously, throw out your serums and get this, you need this in your life.

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