According to my local drugstore's recent explosion into a pink and red rose disaster zone, it is almost Valentine's Day. To be honest, Glossier HQ isn't so different from a Duane Reade around this time of year—beyond the normal Soothing Face Mist rose scent, there’s more pink than usual, almost too much chocolate, and our usual Meta Flora arrangements have been joined with bouquets from significant others (and the occasional, very generous PR firm).
Is it just me or is anyone else a bit sick of roses? There's nothing wrong with them, of course...but they do seem a little *obvious * at this time of year. Do you really want to feel beautiful on Valentine's Day—or any day, really? Take a note from the skincare routines of women with beautiful skin (lookin’ at you, Miranda Kerr) and focus your attention on rosehip.
Think of rosehip as the Jan to rose’s Marcia: Rose gets all the attention, but rosehip is lowkey great at everything, and a little less showy about it. Sprung from the same flower, a rosehip is a tiny red fruit that is left when the petals of a wild rose fall off, and there it hangs until it is pressed into an elixir known to us as rosehip seed oil. It is amazing for all skin types, is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and packed with insane amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C.
Now, before I tell you how you can slather this stuff on your body from head to toe, let my mom, a professional biodynamic gardener and know-it-all, tell you all about it. She says that rosehip is only going to be as pure and potent as the soil it was grown in (typical biodynamic gardener talk). If you cultivate rosehip using organic compost, the end result will provide your skin with optimum nutrients and benefits, but if a rosehip is grown using pesticides and stripped soil, you’ll be missing out on all that little bud has to offer—or as my mom put it, “Nobody wants to put that shit on their skin!” Listen to my mom: Make sure your rosehip products are organic.
Without further ado, here’s how you can put rosehip on every part of your body:
After cleansing, you can do one of three things: mask, peel or moisturize—the choice is yours.
For masking, Eminence Organics' Rosehip and Maize Exfoliating Masque works overtime. The rosehip soothes and moisturizes, while the maize flour gently exfoliates for a rosy (too much?) and even complexion.
For peeling, try Korres’ Wild Rose Vitamin C Peel. This two-step peel is gentle because it uses that high source of vitamin C we were talking about earlier to exfoliate. The antioxidant doesn't stop there: Vitamin C also helps smooth fine lines and discolorations, Lena Korres told me (she's the the brand development director and an actual Korres family member behind the Greek drugstore line).
For moisturizing, Herbivore's Phoenix Facial Oil has been my oil of choice for the past couple of months. It has a mixture of rosehip, sea buckthorn and CoQ10, all of which work together to fight aging, produce collagen, and intensely hydrate. While this can be used alone day or night, I prefer to use Phoenix under my day cream to combat my case of winter face.
If you prefer to not lay down a cool $88 for a face oil, do a quick Google search for organic rosehip seed oil. When I was just beginning my foray into the wonderful world of rosehip, I bought a huge bottle on Amazon for fifteen bucks that lasted me for months and provided just as many good skin days.
Your scalp is skin! Don't forget it and use Christophe Robin’s Delicate Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Both products not only smell amazing—I’m talking the freshest and cleanest lingering rose scent—but they also restore the moisture that's slowly being sucked out by life. Save your black wool coats from embarrassing dandruff situations with a couple quick spritzes.
Speaking of Miranda, Kora Organics’ Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil makes sure that the skin south of your face doesn’t get left out either. It’s dry enough that you can put it on without worrying about your clothes and moisturizing enough that it leaves you with a slight sheen on the skin with a light, herbal scent. This oil has me looking toward the future—to warmer days spent on the beach where it'll enhance my nonexistent tan. Until then, rosehip oil will rid my skin of wintery dry patches and ensure that come summer, I'm ready for that Pucci bikini that I bought on sale in January.
Amelia is a Glossier Editorial Intern. Photographed by Tom Newton.