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The Best Natural Anti-aging Moisturizers

Updated on May 29, 2014
5 stars for Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil

Can a face cream change you from this…


… to This…


… or This?


Miracle Anti-aging creams – how miraculous are they really?

You’ve probably seen the adverts on Facebook and elsewhere proclaiming miracle results from face creams. They usually feature a woman in her fifties who used to look about seventy and now looks thirty or twenty or exactly like Jennifer Aniston. (Or maybe that is Jennifer Aniston?)

Anyway this woman, all three hundred or so of her, is roundly hated by scientists because she has found the secret to age prevention and it cost $3.99 or £2.49 or €2.99. (Or some other made-up figure.) And just in case you are the only person in the world who hasn’t seen these ads, the scientists are annoyed because they are busy concocting potions and lotions that cost about fifty times as much as the ones this woman uses.

I clicked on the ad once, to see what all the fuss was about. Then I looked up the ingredients in the lotions. Apparently it takes two different lotions to get the years rolling off and only this woman (all 300 or so of her) managed to figure out which two lotions work best.

Okay, I’ll be more accurate: I tried to look up the ingredients of these miracle creams. But hunting in every corner of the Internet (does it have corners?) has not brought up a list of ingredients. It did lead me to a few articles from other people who had also gone looking for an ingredients list, and also failed to find it. I did discover that Matrixyl, the ingredient the companies aren’t so coy about, has been scientifically tested and does have properties that reduce wrinkles and seems to have few side effects. So there is some truth in the claims.

While researching one of the creams, I came across a forum that is supposedly dedicated to it, and includes a link that claims to take you to a list of ingredients. What the link took me to was a warning that the site I was about to enter contains malware. I quickly left.

Does Free Trial mean what it says?

I also found an article that explained how the “free trial” of this incredibly cheap miracle cream works. Now you know what incredibly means don’t you? My dictionary suggests words like: unbelievably, implausibly, and so on. And it turns out that at least one of the free trials comes with a lot of strings attached.

It goes something like this: you click to order a free trial, with the understanding that you will be paying a minimal amount for further supplies of the cream. (I made up the amounts earlier, and have also seen it listed as £6, but the amount seems to vary from ad to ad.) Whatever the advertised amount is doesn’t much matter, because if you do order these products you will be entering into a contract and will be paying a lot more. Some people have been charged figures of $170 - $200.

Natural Anti-Aging Creams and Oils

The manufacturers of the creams and oils in this article are less coy about sharing their ingredients lists. I can’t promise that if you currently look as though you are in your seventies you will look like a thirty year old in a couple of weeks of using them, but I can tell you that all have natural protection against free radicals.

My favorite of them, Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil, has been scientifically tested and found to heal scar tissue and to help with burn scars or with skin damage after radiotherapy. Research also shows that in many cases (over 90%) it reduces wrinkles, lines and age spots. It is very good for acne scars, but should not be used on active acne.

Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil


Rosa Mosqueta oil has high levels of the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6. It contains more GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) than Evening Primrose or Starflower oil. This helps to reduce inflammation and so can help conditions such as rosacea.

It also contains trans-retinoic acid, which is a natural source of vitamin A. Trans-retinoic is thought to be the main reason rosa mosqueta oil has such good anti-aging effects. Its properties are similar to the pharmaceutical skin treatment Tretinoin, although in a much milder form. (Tretinoin can only be used under medical supervision because of side-effects.)

Don’t expect Rosa Mosqueta oil to make you look young overnight. To get the best from it you need to use it daily for several months. Researchers found that scars significantly improved after 3 months and premature age spots caused by too much sun exposure disappeared after 4 months of applying rosa mosqueta oil.

In all cases the oil was lightly massaged into the skin, rather than just smoothed on.

Personal experience with Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil

I am often told that I look young for my age, but that has been the case since I was in my teens, so I cannot claim that Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil is entirely responsible!

However, I used to get frequent flare-ups of eczema and haven’t had one in years – I hadn’t even realized this until I began writing this article! My sister used to get an allergic eczema reaction around her eyes and I bought her some Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil. The eczema cleared up.

Recently I also started using the oil on an operation scar that is over 14 years old. The appearance of the scar doesn’t bother me, but it has always felt uncomfortable. I’ve only been using the oil on it for a few days, but already it feels some better.

Other varieties of Rosehip Oil

Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil comes from Chile where native women have used it for centuries. Rosa mosqueta simply means rosehip, so if you can’t get rosa mosqueta you could try any rosehip oil. One high quality brand of rosehip oil is Trilogy. I have used this occasionally, but can more easily obtain Rio Rosa. (Both Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil and Trilogy are available on Amazon and I have included links.)

How to use Rosa Mosqueta (or rosehip) Oil

Massage 1- 2 drops of the oil into scars or onto any areas of the face with fine lines, wrinkles or age spots. You can also use it for age spots in other areas. Because you only need 1 – 2 drops at a time, a 20 ml bottle will last for 6 months or more.

It is best to use the oil two or three times a day. An easy way is to use it morning and night as part of your daily routine.

It is important to thoroughly massage the oil into your skin, otherwise you could get stains on delicate clothing, especially if you use the oil on your neck.

Rio Rosa Mosqueta Day and Night Cream


Other ways to benefit from Rosa Mosqueta or rose hip oil.

Many companies produce moisturizers that contain a small amount of rosa mosqueta or rosehip oil. Both Trilogy and Rio Trading Company make moisturizers that contain rosehip oil. These are unlikely to have such a strong effect as using the oil on its own. You could use the oil for wrinkles and lines and then use the cream elsewhere. For instance, using the cream on your neck means you avoid the risk of staining clothing.

Another option is to buy capsules and take the oil internally.

Avalon Organics Lavender Cream or Lotion

When should you NOT use Rosa Mosqueta Oil

Do not use this oil on:

  • Active acne
  • Open or unhealed wounds
  • Oily skin
  • Weeping eczema

If you have oily skin, then moisturizers with sandalwood, tea tree or lavender oils are good options. You may find a lighter lotion more suitable than a cream. One example of an organic moisturizer that would be suitable for oily skin is Avalon Organics Lavender Moisturizer Plus SPF 18.

Comparisons of oils and lotions

Offers UV protection
Contains rosehip oil
Protects against free radicals
Scientific tests show heals scar tissue
Length and size of clinical trial (if applicable)
Container type
Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil
2 year study with 180 patients
Glass bottle with push down dispenser
Rio Rosa Mosqueta Day and Night Cream
Glass pot
Avalon Organics Lavender Moisturizer Plus SPF 18
Plastic bottle with pump dispenser
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
8 - 12 weeks (2 separate trials) 20 women in first trial, 10 in second
Plastic pot

What's your experience?

Have you tried tried any of the products listed here?

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    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Robin, glad you found it interesting!

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      Robin Grosswirth 

      8 years ago from New York

      This is a great hub, quite comprehensive and very interesting. This is a topic that most women enjoy reading about. Thanks.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Nell, I'm glad you didn't click the box to buy at least. I can't understand how these people actually make money because everyone will only buy once and then realise it's a con. Seems very short-sighted policy to me. Definitely better off with Rio Rosa - it doesn't burn.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi I am so glad you said about that advert, I was going to click on it, then thought what's the point? lol! there is another ad like that, that I stupidly clicked on, it was about diets, it was shown on email, it went on and on and then when it got to the main bit it stopped, it was such a con. Seriously the Rio Rosa Mosqueta sounds fascinating, I remember using retinol for the first time back a few years ago and it was amazing stuff, trouble is it tends to burn if you use it too much, so your Rio Rosa sounds like the way to go, I tend to just use Nivea these days, but my skin does need a boost, great info, and thanks for doing the research on THAT ad! lol!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Kitty you are wise to stay away from the free trials. They almost always are not what they seem. The oil is good for scar tissue though you do need to be consistent with it for several months.

      Glad you liked the pictures!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Ann Leung 

      8 years ago from San Jose, California

      I stay away from the free trial, especially those skin care products. I had never heard of Rosa Mosqueta oil until I read your hub. I do have a scar on my neck and this product sounds promising. I am thinking... maybe I'll give it a try. BTW, love the pictures. Voted up and interesting.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Ha, ha tillsontitan. Buy Melovy's Miracle Cream and it's guaranteed that if you smear it over your face before going to bed you will look like picture #2 in the morning. It only cost $1000 a pot, and you get a whole 5 grams for that. It's a bargain!

      (Disclaimer: Melovy takes no responsibility for peeling of skin or frying of brains after using this product.)

      Seriously, I'm glad you enjoyed this Mary, and thanks for your comment!

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Now if I can go from looking like picture #1 to picture #2, tell me where I can order a case!

      This was a great article, with your humor and information!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Summerberrie, I feel confident you won't be disappointed. I love it! Thanks for reading and for your comment.

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      8 years ago

      Melovy, I am going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing such useful information as well as your personal recommendation for Rio Rosa Mosqueta Oil! Voted up and useful.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Marcy, after your I'm not surprised you feel annoyed when you see those ads. It does really puzzle me how companies are allowed to continue making such misleading claims. I would have thought it's against regulations, yet the ads are still around.

      I am so glad you have shared your experience here because it is an encouragement for anyone who has also been duped to see that they can get a refund.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      8 years ago from Planet Earth

      Melovy - I had to really pressure the firms and point out the deceptive practices. Once I got one to refund the money, I knew the other one would (but I admit I have a history of fighting City Hall). After that happened, I noticed those ads no longer popped up on the Web. They were front-page placements on Yahoo, with accompanying stories leading you to them and touting what a great 'free' deal it was. Color me Red with anger!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Marcy, your experience with the "miracle" creams was exactly the same as those I read about when I was doing research. I'm so glad to hear you got your money back as many people haven't been able to from what I read. It surprises me that the companies are still allowed to go on trading in that way.

      Thanks very much for sharing your experience - it really adds to the hub.

      I'm glad you found this helpful and hope to enjoy the rose hip products. Thanks for the vote up.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Carol. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comment.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      8 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've been on a quest to find the best skin cream for several years. Some have worked well (and one was promptly discontinued by the manufacturer, which bummed me out - not enough people bought it). Some have been a waste of money, but most do help at least a bit.

      You are so right about avoiding the 'free trial' scams - a few years ago, there were huge ads on the Web from two companies offering to send you a 'free' supply. There was also a recommendation from a third party that these were great deals. So I ordered both, and then noticed I was being charged more than $100 for the 'free' samples!

      It turns out there was a very quick and small notice just as you finalized the order that disclosed the fee they charged. The 'deal' that was supposed to be 'free' meant you could pay for it, try it for a month or so, and then get your money back if you didn't like it. It was clearly deceptive advertising, and of course it also signed you up (without properly disclosing) for ongoing deliveries. I protested loudly, and I actually got my money refunded by both companies, and they also said to keep the product. After that scam, there's no way I would have become a regular user.

      Very helpful hub -and I will look for the rose hips products! Voted up!

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Great photo..Tempting me to try some new moisturizer. Keep on reviewing.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Now RHW, you are being very modest. As we all know you do look young so that rose is clearly doing its job. Or is it in the genes?

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Bill, thanks. Glad it gave you a laugh!

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Josh, it makes me laugh every time I look at it still! Thanks for commenting.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is awesome! ahah and hey I love that "does the internet have corners?" brilliant line!

      I do use a product with rose in it - some moisturizer. I do like it though I don't think it really does much as you can see;) lol

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OMG Yvonne...I hurt I'm laughing so hard....I don't blame, you I would be bored writing reviews this was the perfect solution.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania


      I seriously cracked up at the beginning picture! ROFL :)

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      9 years ago from UK

      Hi Made,

      I just couldn't resist when I saw that photo. It's not a huge exaggeration on some of the ads I've seen though!

      I haven't heard of Mary Kay products, but I'm guessing they are expensive!

      Thanks for your comment and the vote up.

    • Melovy profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne Spence 

      9 years ago from UK

      Vespawoolf, we were in Chile 3 years ago and I expected to be able to by Rosa Mosqueta by the gallon, but couldn't find any! It is ironic. I'm glad you've managed to find a supplier, and your experience with it sounds similar to mine.

      Glad you enjoyed the humor. (I can't help myself sometimes.)

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      Madeleine Salin 

      9 years ago from Finland

      This is interesting! That photo certainly got my attention and made me read this hub. :) I haven't tried the Rosa Mosqueta Roship Oil. It seems to be very good. I recently bought some Mary Kay products for my face. I'm not going to afford anything else for a year or two now. Lol! Voted up!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      9 years ago from Peru, South America

      Living on the southern tip of Peru right next to the Chile border, we have access to Rosa Mosqueta. Since a lot of it is exported, though, it's surprisingly difficult to find. Still, I have a supplier and have been using it regularly for a couple of years now. It's inexpensive, I mix up the oils myself and I am also pleased with the results. It makes my skin feel soft and along with regular exfoliating, it's a part of my daily skincare routine. I have a chicken pox scar from childhood and it hasn't made it disappear, but we can't expect miracles with any skin cream (as you mentioned)! Thank you for an informative and humorous hub!


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