Rose water has been used for centuries, dating all the way back to the early Romans and yet many are unaware of it’s many uses and benefits. Even today beauty and health experts still consider rose water a wonderfully gentle, natural ingredient with fabulous skin-enhancing and health benefits. You may also be happy to know it works for both oily and dry skin types.
Rose water is created by distilling rose petals, which results in an aromatic liquid infused with the oils and essence of the petals. While rosewater makes a subtle and feminine perfume, it has several other beauty uses that benefit the skin.
In ancient Rome people enjoyed bathing in it, it was and still is considered to have anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. For this reason, rose water was frequently used to wash the hands. Aah, Just imagine bathing in a warm bath filled entirely of wonderful smelling, relaxing rose water. Although, I do not wish to have been present during the fall of Rome, there are definitely some enticing rituals during this time period.
- One of the main benefits of rose water is that it acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing irritated skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce excessive skin redness, whether from broken capillaries or general skin blotchiness. When applied topically, it can even help to reduce the inflammation associated with acne, and topical application can also result in receiving the benefits of its wound healing properties.
- Some people also use roses as a rich source of antioxidants, which can help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. These properties, make rose water particularly beneficial to people with sensitive skin.
- Rose Water also does wonders for dark circles and puffy eyes. Soaking cotton balls in chilled rosewater and holding them under the eyes can reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles.
- Rosewater has mild astringent qualities, making it a good choice to remove excess skin oil and tone pores. You can even use it as a cleanser itself to remove excess dirt, makeup and oil, thus keeping pores unclogged.
- Many experts believe that rose water can play a role in reducing damage from sun exposure. Too much sun destroys elastin, the fibers that give your skin its ability to stretch. When those fibers break down, they cause your skin to lose firmness and sag. There’s evidence that rose water may help decrease damage to the skin’s elastin fibers and prevent wrinkles.
- You can use rose water as an after-shave, to prevent irritation and soothe the skin. Not only it can help make your freshly shaved legs feel softer, but also, rose water will leave its amazingly wonderful scent on your skin!
- Rose water is also a perfect, natural setting product. Applying rose water (sparingly) after makeup application provides for longer wear, a beautiful, healthy glow and amazing dewy finish.
- Those with dry skin sometimes use rose water as a moisturizer. The idea behind this is that sugars found in rose petals add to rose water’s soothing effect, and its natural oils trap moisture in the skin, helping it feel and look smoother. It also makes for a wonder refresher throughout the day.
- Then last, but certainly not least, there is the benefit of using rose water as an ingredient of aromatherapy. Researches have shown that rose water in aromatherapy can have tremendous positive effect in helping fight stress, contribute to more sound sleep and even can help us be more positive!
Rose water is one of those things in life that for some reason many are unaware, but once they find it, they will never again be without it.