Lactic acid and rosehip oil are both highly effective skincare ingredients. With each of them delivering impressive results on the skin, it’s no wonder that so many of us are wanting to team these powerhouses together. The question is, can you use lactic acid with rosehip oil? This is exactly what we will be figuring out in today’s blog post, so stick around if you wanted to find out more.
The main difference between them is the fact that rosehip oil is often considered the more natural ingredient, which is a common misunderstanding due to lactic acid having such a scientific sounding name. In fact, many will be surprised to hear how lactic acid itself is derived from natural sources, such as milk and other dairy products.
Before we dive in, let’s have a brief recap of the main benefits are of lactic acid and rosehip oil.
What is rosehip oil?
- Rosehip oil are the fruits of the rosebush and formulated into various beneficial products, such as supplements and skincare products.
- Rich in essential fatty acids, such as oleic acid, palmitic acid, and linoleic acid.
- Contains vitamin C and vitamin A all of which can combat damage caused from free radical exposure, such as pollution, central heating, and other environmental aggressors.
- Helps to combat mild to moderate acne and breakout flare-ups.
- Reduces signs of hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
- Targets fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of premature ageing.
If you wanted to find out more about rosehip oil, there is extra information over on the Skin School website.
What is lactic acid?
- Derived from soured milk and other dairy products, you’ll also find certain fruit sugars are used in formulas too.
- A member of the family of acids called alpha hydroxy acid, also known as AHA.
- Known for being the gentlest of the AHAs with a molecular size that is very large meaning it doesn’t cause unwanted irritation.
- Works on the outer surface and slough away the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, and debris that sit on the skin which can often lead to several concerns.
- Helps to improve the signs of ageing whilst stimulating the production of collagen.
- Contains a unique benefit of humectant traits meaning it locks moisture into the skin and keep the protective barrier strengthened.
If you wanted to find out more about lactic acid, you can check out our dedicated blog post about lactic acid and its benefits for the skin.
Can you use lactic acid and rosehip oil together?
Yes, you absolutely can! This is because each of these ingredients are found in different formulas resulting in them being applied to the skin, leaving plenty of time in between to ensure the skin’s pH levels rebalance and avoid unwanted irritation.
As for figuring out when to apply each of these actives, the general rule of skincare is to start by using the thinnest consistency and working your way up to the thickest. This makes it very simple to figure out the best way of applying lactic acid and rosehip oil. Seeing as the latter is an oil and needs to be applied to the skin as one of the final steps of your daily skincare routine. By layering the products in this order will allow each ingredient to penetrate and reach the right areas of the skin.
Can you use oil after lactic acid?
Yes, you can, as I have already mentioned, to gain the optimal results for the skin, it is best to start with the thinnest consistency and work your way up to the thickest products. A basic skincare routine would look like the following, starting off with a cleanser, exfoliating toner, eye cream, serum, face oil, moisturiser, and finally finishing off with an SPF during your morning routine.
Due to rosehip oil being highly nourishing and hydrating for the skin it is a beneficial and effective ingredient to follow lactic acid, just ensure you leave enough time to prevent any irritation, redness, or other flare-ups.
Can you use AHA with rosehip oil?
You can, but if you use these ingredients properly you will have effective results on the skin. The main concern you need to remember is the fact that rosehip oil contains vitamin A, also known as retinol which is known for being one of the most potent skin ingredients. To avoid the skin from becoming irritated there are a few things you can do, first, as I have mentioned previously, ensure you leave enough time in between applications to allow the pH levels in the skin to rebalance. Another favoured way of using these actives is applying them during different times of the day. You could also alternate the different day you use each ingredient too; this is the option favoured by those with a dry skin type that are prone to sensitivity and redness.
When should you use rosehip oil in a routine?
For the best results, many skincare experts find the best results for rosehip oil is to use it twice a day in the morning and evening. Applying it will be at the later stage of your skincare routine once you have fully cleansed the skin and applied liberal amounts of serums, especially if the serums are enriched in hyaluronic acid and other hydrating ingredients, such as niacinamide.
Word of caution, if you are introducing any new ingredients or formulas to your routine, you must first seek the advice of a doctor or dermatologist. You can also perform a patch test for 24 hours before applying the formula to your face for peace of mind.
Can I use rosehip oil every day?
Yes, you can use rosehip oil every day, twice a day. This is dependent on how reactive your skin is to the ingredient, this is why I suggest performing a patch test as I have already mentioned.
There you have a little more detail about using lactic acid and rosehip oil together. Don’t forget, if you have any further questions you can find us on Instagram.