I've been hearing for years about the amazing skincare and hair benefits of Rosa mosqueta (Rose hip oil). My abuelita, my mother, and all my Latina friends used to swear to me that it was a miracle beauty product. But I didn't believe them until I finally decided to try it out for myself.

In fact, it was right after I had my appendix removed that I asked a good Venezuelan friend of mine what she suggested to heal scars. She told me rosa mosqueta (grown in rose bushes in Chile) helped her banish everything from a deep scar she once had on her hand to pregnancy marks. It's only been a few months since my surgery and you can hardly notice my scars. The best part is you can find this stuff anywhere from your local pharmacy to any nearby botáanica. But I highly recommend the Weleda Rose Mosqueta ($20). These natural oil capsules do it all from smoothing wrinkles to deeply moisturizing your skin. And there's a lot more this Latin beauty ingredient is known for!

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It heals scars: Rosa mosqueta is filled with fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and linolenic acid that helps it to diminish the appearance of scars. Try applying to marks or scars on your body after every shower.

It fades manchas: My girlfriends swear this stuff helps to treat hyperpigmentation and it totally does. The same nourishing ingredients that help heal scars also work to remove dark spots.

It fights fine lines and wrinkles: Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr credits her radiant complexion to rosa mosqueta. This light-weight, non-greasy oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids that help to deeply hydrate skin as well as fight aging (can't beat that).

It alleviates dry scalp: Because it's so hydrating it's also works to treat dry scalp. Massaging a few drops could make all the difference.

It treats acne: Who would have thought an oil could help acne-prone skin? But the high levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids help to regenerate skin and heal acne scars.

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Johanna is the beauty and fashion staff writer at MamásLatinas and obsessed with all things beauty and fashion. She is a proud Dominicana and was born and raised in Queens, NY.

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