We have been featuring one of our faves and absolutely wonderful superfruit oil maracujá lately, highlighting its beneficial anti-inflammatory, soothing and moisturizing properties when used for skin care. Rosehip oil is another emollient that can be compared to maracujá oil since both oils are high in linoleic acid, the fatty acid that helps prevent and treat acne-prone skin. In addition to helping with acne and blemishes, these two oils are very effective at combating the signs of aging, promoting new cell production, and soothing skin.
That said, maracujá oil and rosehip oil are not entirely equal on these grounds. Maracujá has some anti-aging and soothing capabilities that surpass rosehip oil, making it the ideal treatment oil for these skin conditions.
Comparing the Oils’ Vitamins and Nutrients
Both rosehip and maracujá oil are very nourishing for the skin thanks to an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The most notable in maracujá oil are essential fatty acids, Vitamin C, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin along with other nutrients in lower amounts. Comparatively, rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A, among other nutrients.
Maracujá Oil & Rosehip Oil as Soothing, Anti-Inflammatory Treatments
Both maracujá and rosehip oil are very high in linoleic acid. This provides both oils with excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Maracujá oil is 77 percent linoleic acid and 12 percent oleic acid, while rosehip oil is just over 44 percent linoleic acid and just under 14 percent oleic acid, meaning that maracujá oil is slightly more effective as an anti-inflammatory treatment.
This is notable for the prevention and treatment of acne as inflammation as well, since research has shown that people with acne-prone skin are often deficient in linoleic acid, causing their skin to compensate by creating more sebum (usually high in oleic acid) and resulting in acne.
Both oils have been highly effective in helping to reduce inflammation and visual appearance of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis, while also helping to heal acne scars and other blemishes. However, rosehip seed oil can sometimes be too stimulating for acne prone skin, in which case maracujá would be a preferred treatment oil.
Maracujá oil is also more soothing than rosehip oil – so much so that it's often used in massages and sometimes used to help promote sleep by dropping a little bit on a pillowcase before sleep.
Anti-Aging Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil and Maracujá Oil
Both oils have Vitamin C in abundance, which is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant. This makes rosehip and maracujá oil effective as anti-aging treatments, while moisturizing skin.
The two oils work in slightly different ways to combat the effects of aging skin.
- Maracujá contains a high amount of lycopene, which is a very potent reparative and restorative antioxidant. Anti-aging skincare with maracujá oil will gently lighten the skin as an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation (sun spots) or melasma, while battling sun damage by creating a light protective layer on the skin, and preventing the breakdown of collagen caused by sun exposure.
- Rosehip oil helps promote the production of collagen and elastin at the cellular level, encouraging cell turnover to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cause scars and stretch marks to fade. Rosehip oil contains a natural retinol, Vitamin A, which is a superstar in preventing the signs of aging. It also helps treat hyperpigmentation and other signs of sun damage, but this oil is more sensitive to light, oxygen and fluctuations in temperature and is therefore less versatile than maracuja oil.
Both oils are good for most skin types, and offer some wonderful benefits to combat the signs of aging with your skin, while also acting as enriching moisturizers and soothing skin treatments. We use both Rosehip seed oil and maracuja oil in our Brazilian Glow™ Multi-Tasking Oil, as well as our Beauty Butter. We also use Maracujá oil in our When in Rio, shimmering superfruit oil, bringing all of their benefits to your daily skincare routine.
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