Rosehip Oil Face Oil
The Inkey List’s Rosehip Oil Face Oil is a single-ingredient, fluid oil that is best for dry skin; however, all skin types experiencing occasional dryness or dehydration can use this, as it mixes well with (or can be layered over) your regular serum or moisturizer.
Just like most serums and oils from The Inkey List, this one is packaged in a short, opaque plastic bottle that’s topped with a dispensing cap. Since this is a pure oil and a little goes a long way, it’s good that the cap allows you to shake out a drop or two at a time. Alternately, if you need more than that you can squeeze the bottle--just don’t squeeze too hard or you’ll get way too much oil!
What’s special about rosehip seed oil is that it contains a good amount of vitamin C (especially when it’s cold-pressed, as is the case here). This non-fragrant plant oil also contains beneficial fatty acids and plant sterols (the plant version of the cholesterol that occurs naturally in healthy skin), one of which is anti-inflammatory beta-sitosterol. Rosehip Oil Face Oil’s benefits make it well-suited to sensitive, rosacea-prone skin.
The only drawback is that regardless of how great a single ingredient can be, skin needs more than just that to keep itself in top shape. While we don’t recommend this product to replace a well formulated serum or moisturizer, we do applaud this oil as an additive product for times when skin needs extra help. If used as the only serum, face oil, or treatment product in your routine, this would rate as a "good" 4-star product; if used in conjunction with other, more robust formulas, consider it a 5-star "best" add-on option.
Note: This oil has an orange coloration that’s inherent to this part of the plant. It does not make skin look orange.
- Rosehip moisturizes and supplies some vitamin C.
- Good source of fatty acids, including soothing beta-sitosterol.
- Offers extra help to dry, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin.
- Opaque bottle packaging helps keep the plant oil stable.
- Fragrance free.
- Skin needs more than a single ingredient to be healthy and nourished.
A powerful antioxidant extracted from the seeds of the rose plant, this 100 percent cold-pressed Rosehip Oil is packed with essential fatty acids, omega-6, and skin beneficial vitamins. It provides an overnight nourishment boost for dull or tired skin and help tackle uneven skin tone.
The Inkey List is the creation of Colette Newberry and Mark Curry, respectively the former branding and product developers of the widespread UK-based drugstore chain Boots, which has its own namesake skin care line. As with a number of up-and-coming “indie” brands, the media coverage centers on their inexpensive products with minimalist formulas that tend to focus on a single star ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid, squalane, or retinol.
If you’re wondering about the inspiration for the name, it’s the pronunciation of the acronym “INCI,” which stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, an agreed-upon, regulated list of how cosmetics ingredients should be identified on product labels. Each product has its chief ingredient listed on the packaging with dictionary-style writing underneath showing how the name is phoneticized, a clever and slightly erudite touch.
Though the formulas are somewhat basic, The Inkey List gets its packaging spot-on – all products are in opaque containers, with no jars or clear containers to be found. Fragrance isn’t on this brand’s radar, either--at least not in terms of adding it to their products (which will make your skin very happy).
We’d like to see more complex formulas, but then again such formulas cost more to make, and The Inkey List is mostly a bargain brand. We wrote “mostly” because in some cases, on an ounce-per-ounce basis, The Inkey List costs just as much as some other brands offering the same type of products (like leave-on exfoliants) in larger sizes.
Even with the predominantly one-note ingredient theme, the brand typically includes beneficial ingredients in efficacious amounts and skips irritants, with the exception of a couple a products that contain witch hazel water and drying denatured alcohol.
That aside, the brand offers a good selection of effective products, something we’re always glad to see. The Inkey List is sold exclusively in the U.S. at Sephora; you can learn more about the brand here: https://www.sephora.com/brand/the-inkey-list.
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