Ahh the time has come – I’ve finished my beloved Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (£20) and there’s a new bottle lined up already. I think this is one of the first times I’ve finished a facial oil, they last so long! I talk about this little gem all the freakin’ time so I thought a full review was in order…
I would definitely name this the king of facial oils, it has sorted my skin out over the last year and really got me back to a normal skin type (I guess you could say I did have oily skin) as well as keeping my skin well nourished and hydrated. I’ve been using it for some time – I actually searched through my blog to find out when I started using it and it seems that the first post it featured in was in May 2013 – so I guess it’s been almost a full year of using it (liberally!) every day. Not bad going for £20.
How To Use
I tend to use it alone at night as my treatment and moisturiser in one, or I use it alongside other treatments and my night cream on top. So at night I remove my makeup, cleanse my skin, use a toner and then massage in the rosehip oil. I usually find that this is enough but occasionally I’ll apply a serum before the oil and a night cream after the oil. I tend to think of the facial oil sealing everything in, so I put most things underneath – even spot treatments usually. By then I kind of feel like my skin is prepped enough without moisturiser.
As it’s really light it sinks in quickly, you can use just a couple of drops and it will work for the whole face – I prefer to use a few extra drops though. Sometimes I will completely slather my skin in it, using maybe 6 drops for my face, and then massage it in and leave it overnight like a moisture mask. But usually I pipette out a few drops in to the palm of my hand, and then use my fingers to apply small amounts to areas of my face, rub my hands together to disperse and then spend one or two minutes massaging it in. It feels amazing. I also occasionally mix it in with my serum for a boost, it’s just quicker and feels nicer – at the moment I adore the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer (£29.50), they make a great duo.
One thing I’ve found that really helps is to work it in to any under the skin spots, I get hormonal acne that takes weeks to clear up but this stuff always sends them packing far quicker. I’ve also noticed that if you catch them early enough, it will make sure they don’t turn in to anything nasty too – they kind of just deflate.
You can also use it in the morning, just apply it after your toner – it works so well at boosting the complexion and foundation seems to apply and sit better too.
Skin Types & Concerns
The formula is all natural, having been extracted using volcanically sourced CO2 to get the purest concentration of the oils. It’s actually a mix of rosehip seed and rosehip fruit oil, so they take it from the plant without bringing in germs or oxidising the oil. This means it’s unlikely to irritate skin, even on those with sensitive skin, and it also lasts longer in the bottle – I make sure to keep it in a drawer though to get the best out of it. It doesn’t break me out or have any adverse effects on my skin – for reference my skin is normal, a little dehydrated, occasionally oily and blemish prone. I’d say this would work on all skin types – definitely oily skin too. I found that using a facial oil on my skin was the best thing for helping to reduce the excess sebum, and after a little while I had more of a normal skin type.
As I said, it also works wonders on blemishes (even whiteheads) I’ve found – though keep in mind that everyone’s skin type is different. Perhaps you could leave your findings in the comments if you have blemishes and have tried this oil, that would be super helpful. I asked on Twitter if anyone else had found that the Pai Rosehip oil cleared up under the skin blemishes and the result was a pretty consistent yes. See here.
Rosehip oil is also meant to be help with scars, I was told it’s used on burns victims in hospital (quite a tragic thing to drop in, sorry). I have a number of scars from acne, I tend to have more issues with scarring than blemishes and I definitely find that rosehip oil (along with a good exfoliator, see here for more details) goes a long way in helping to fade the dark spots that blemishes leave behind, and also reduces the redness of current angry blemishes. Of course, fading blemishes takes a long time so it’s hard to back this up but you know yourself when something works.
As for dry and dehydrated skin, well of course, you should see great results from this. It’s hugely hydrating – remember even oily skin can be dehydrated, lacking in moisture – and nourishing. It’s instantly relieving, and by that I mean the feeling of when your skin feels tight and dry, if you’ve been sitting next to central heating with your makeup on (or have had a nap with it on, the worst!) or have just used a gel cleanser that has stripped your skin? A little of the rosehip oil will soon sort that out.
It’s also great for mature skin I’m told, for much of the same reasons as above.
Of course, there are other types of rosehip oil – I have the Trilogy Rosehip Oil (£14.85) which is also great, a little lighter and certified organic. It’s from my native New Zealand so I do feel slightly bad saying this, but for some reason I just prefer Pai’s offering. I just think it has better results, but I do still use and rate the Trilogy one and if you buy it on FeelUnique then there’s a difference in price. Personally, I think I usually recommend the Pai version over any face oil.
I think I’ve covered everything there. I got 9 months out of my bottle (and I use more drops than the average person I’m guessing) which works out at just over £2 per month so I definitely think it’s worth it.
Have you tried the oil? Are you thinking about trying the oil? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments as I’d love to read them…
PS. Obviously not a Sponny P (that’s a sponsored post for all of you less educated on today’s language) I just thought this would be helpful.