Rosehip berries, in addition to being widely used in phytotherapy, also boast excellent cosmetic properties: they contain active ingredients with an effective nourishing , anti- wrinkle , smoothing and astringent action.
The berries (also called false fruits) ripen between October and December; for those lucky enough to live in the countryside and have plants at hand this is the best time to harvest them. Alternatively they can be found in herbal medicine.
Here are two DIY cosmetics recipes based on rosehip berries, both designed to give a rejuvenated and radiant appearance to the skin.
Chop the fresh or dried berries already emptied of the seeds and place them in a glass jar up to 3 centimeters from the edge; then cover them with almond oil. Put the container in a bain-marie, in a pot with a flame-spreader net. Let it heat over low heat for about 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally and adding more oil if the level drops. When the water starts to boil, turn it off for a few minutes, then turn it back on for a few minutes, again over low heat. Finally, filter the oil into a clean and sterile container and store the oil for a maximum of one year, in a cool, dark place.
This oleolite can be massaged directly on the skin, to give it a brighter and more compact appearance, or as a base for other preparations, such as a face mask or an anti-aging hand cream.
Anti-age face mask
It is also possible to prepare a face mask by combining a tablespoon of oleolite, a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, 2 or 3 pureed rosehip berries and a drop of rose or lavender essential oil. The mixture should be applied to the face avoiding the eye and lip area, left to act for 15 minutes and finally rinsed with warm water.
Given the astringent power of the berries, it is not necessary to apply a tonic afterwards; a good moisturizer will suffice.
The skin will immediately be more toned, fresh, smooth and radiant.
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