Why You Should Look For Japanese Wild Rose In Your Skincare | CoolJapan

Roses are arguably the most popular flowers used in skincare. If you can remember, rose-inspired beauty products were all the rage back almost three years ago. In fact, rose-infused products were in the top 100 toners and astringents in March 2018. But you may be surprised that it’s not just for adding a pretty scent to your favourite moisturiser and toner. These blooms actually have a proven benefit of improving your skin’s appearance.

Today, we’re putting a spotlight on a not-so-hidden Asian skincare secret: the rosa multiflora, a close cousin to the typical rose, which is native to East Asia. Get to know the Japanese Wild Rose and why you should look for it in your skincare products.

It’s a healing and brightening agent

Photos of the flowers of the Japanese wild rose

Japanese wild rose has a rich history in Eastern traditional medicine. (Photo from: Wikimedia Commons)

In Eastern medicine, the leaves of Japanese wild roses were used to make poultices or natural heated remedies to help reduce inflammation. In modern times, this still holds true. The fruit of the Japanese wild rose, known as Eijitsu, has also shown that it can inhibit melanin production, which produces dark spots. The abundance of skin-renewing vitamins A, C, and E in the fruit or rosehip also adds on to its appeal as a skincare ingredient.

Helps minimise pores

Like other types of roses, Japanese wild roses are rich in tannins (astringents) and flavonoids (antioxidants). These make products with rosa multiflora extract a good option if you want to make your pores look smaller. It does so by normalising keratinisation. Over-keratinisation can cause a build-up of dead skin cells and sebum in the pores, making these appear larger than they really are because the skin around the pores gets distended.

Take note!

But before you slather on all that goodness, there are several important things you need to keep in mind. While SkinSAFE, a data-driven platform that helps people with sensitive skin figure out which products have possible allergens, considers Japanese wild rose fruit extract to be quite safe to use in cosmetics, it never hurts to take extra precaution when dealing with products that have it. “Natural” ingredients always come with a slight chance of irritating the skin if not formulated properly. This is especially true for sensitive skin.

Thankfully, there are a lot of ways cosmetics companies adapted in order to formulate the ingredient to be as non-irritating as possible. A 2014 study even suggests that rosa multiflora can potentially help with skin allergies. Still, as always, you should patch test a new product before applying it on your face.

Where you can find it in skincare

Once you know you’re not allergic, you can now start your hunt for the best Japanese wild rose skincare products. Spoiler: there are a lot of them! If you’re looking for a good place to start, read on.

Tatcha The Water Cream


Tatcha’s award-winning water-based moisturiser is one of the most popular skincare products with Japanese wild rose. It gives a burst of hydration while delivering the complexion-improving benefits of Japanese wild rose. Oh, did we mention that it was a finalist in last year’s Clozette Beauty Awards? Yup, this one is a winner in our book.

Koh Gen Do Oriental Plants Lotion I


If you’re looking for a lightweight and gentle facial lotion, Koh Gen Do’s Oriental Plants Lotion I is another moisturiser infused with Japanese wild rose fruit extract. That’s in addition to the other 35 plant-based ingredients in its Gono Extract that improves the skin’s elasticity, tone, and texture.