Just a heads up- this is NOT a sponsored post in any way. These are all the oils I’ve been using on a regular basis that I bought on Amazon with my own money.

I have been distressed about the state of my skin all winter. Stress combined with a dry and frigid environment made my skin so dull, dry and just blech. I didn’t know what to do for it that didn’t cost a lot. A facial was out, fancy products were out, so what’s a gal to do?

I decided to take it to the masses and put out an ask on Facebook and social media for how to improve my skin on a budget and here is the tip heard round the world- rosehip oil!

Besides rosehip oil, I received some intel on other oils that would help my face. Castor oil on my eyelashes and eyebrows to improve growth and Vitamin E oil on my cold sore scars to diminish their appearance. I also use an oil based facial product every morning.

Rosehip Oil

I am officially OBSESSED! I put this on every night before bed and I wake up with much fresher, dewier skin. On days I forget to put it on, I look in the mirror and notice a difference. The best part about rosehip oil is that it’s so cheap!

According to Livestrong,  rose hip oil offers several benefits when applied externally due to its primary constituents: essential fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A.  NOTE: This oil needs refrigerated or stored in a cool, dark location to prevent rancidity so the bathroom is a bad spot.

It’s anti-aging due to antioxidants and the oil’s ability to penetrate into deeper layers of skin. The vitamin C antioxidants stimulate collagen production, it also helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The Vitamin A improves the skin’s moisture levels and reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

The combination of properties in rose hip oil seems to combat sun damage such as wrinkles and discolouration. damage.  The oil is deeply moisturizing and aids in removing redness and irritation.

Art Naturals Rosehip Seed Oil 3 Piece Set – Pure Virgin, Cold Pressed & Unrefined 4oz – Best Natural moisturizer to heal Dry Skin, Fine Lines & Scars

Castor Oil

I just started sticking this on my eyebrows so I haven’t seen a difference but I have noticed a difference in my eye lashes! They are slowly but surely getting a little longer, thicker, and healthier. According to Alyssa Coleman Wellness, castor oil is high in omega 9 fatty acids, which are nourishing to the hair, the follicle, and the surrounding skin. Castor oil has a unique ability to be deeply penetrating because of it’s low molecular mass, and this helps it to deliver its nourishment deep into the pores and the hair follicles.

I didn’t know this oil does so much more though!

  • supporting the lymphatic system
  • increasing circulation
  • preventing the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds
  • fighting skin disorders and infections
  • helping to kill ringworm, keratoses, skin inflammation, abrasions and fungal infections
  • healing acne
  • reducing itching and swelling on the skin
  • fighting toenail fungus
  • easing constipation
  • hydrating chapped lips
  • reducing painful sunburns

Castor Oil Best Carrier Oil – 16 oz Best Moisturizer for Skin & Hair 

Vitamin E Oil

I bought Vitamin E oil after a friend swore by it for helping a huge scar on her hand after surgery. So far there hasn’t been any improvement on my cold score scars but these suckers run deep. I get cold sores when I’m stressed out so basically I can expect at least one once a semester. They are large, deep ones and they leave these annoying red marks on the skin around my lips. I’m hoping to see a difference with continued use but from what I can find, the verdict on it’s effectiveness is 50-50.

  Jamieson ProVitaminaTM 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil , 28ml

There you have it- every night I slather my face in oils and look like a scary person. But that’s beauty right?

I cannot recommend that rosehip oil enough though! Go and get some right now!

Any other oils I should be incorporating into my routine?

What do you use on you skin?

Any suggestions for helping reduce the appearance of scars?


  • Heidi Kokborg May 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I have never tried any of these oils but I will for sure try some of these. I would reallt like to try rosehip oil – it sounds like something my skin could use.
    I love using almond oil for removing my makeup. Sometimes during the cold Scandinavian winter I will even put it on my skin before bed and sleep with it. I love it 🙂

    • Rachel May 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      It gets pretty cold here in Canada too and the rosehip oil has been amazing! Definitely give it a try!

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