Bouquets of roses are romantic and all, but let’s face it: Their beauty is pretty short-lived. Instead, we’d much rather reap roses’ skin-care benefits.
In fact, we’ll take any of the following seven rose products, thank you very much.
The Beautiful Benefits Of Rose
Rose has been used for its fragrance and medicinal qualities for centuries, says dermatologist Erum Ilyas, M.D., M.B.E., F.A.A.D. Recently, research has confirmed its benefits, finding rose to be soothing, cleansing, hydrating, and all-around complexion-boosting. How? It’s loaded with antioxidants and calming compounds.
According to Ilyas, incorporating rose into your skin-care routine can help keep your complexion fresh, clear, and youthful-looking.
Rose Water vs. Rose Oil
Rosewater is made by steeping dried or fresh organic rose petals in water for hours or even days, says Candice Crane, founder of rose-infused beverage brand Petal.
Rose oil, meanwhile, typically comes in two forms.
First, your typical rose oil, which is made by dissolving rose blossoms in a solvent and then extracting out that solvent to leave behind the concentrated oil.
Then, rose otto oil, which is made by steam distillation. In this process, rosewater is heated until the water evaporates out and the remaining liquid contains a more concentrated amount of rose essence.
While these rose oils are more concentrated and thus provide a more potent dose of rose’s benefits, pure rosewaters still offer antioxidants and have soothing qualities.
Rose In Beauty Products
Rosewater and rose oil are both used in a number of skin-care products, including just about anything formulated to soothe and revive skin. It’s also a staple in products made to hydrate skin without causing oiliness and reduce redness and irritation. Plus, it’s a great option for treating breakouts without over-drying the skin.
Our Most-Loved Rose Products
Whether used on your skin or hair, this sweet-smelling rose water spray is sure to please. Made from organic Bulgarian rose petals, Alteya’s rose water is a pure, easy way to restore, soothe, and tone your complexion, or promote soft, shiny hair. It comes in handy when you need to freshen up while traveling or need a midday pick-me-up.
Why Bulgarian roses? According to Ilyas, roses grown in different parts of the world are believed to have different quality oils and essences—and Bulgarian roses are thought to be loaded with the good stuff.
If you’re new to the rose water trend and want to give it a try, this is a good place to start. You can use it on its own, or mix it into other skin-care products, like your moisturizer, suggest Ilyas.
“In addition to the rose water, the aloe, hyaluronate, and other soothing ingredients in this toner set it apart from others,” says Ilyas. This soothing, calming is great for anyone with dry or sensitive skin—and is especially helpful in the winter when the air is extra dry.
Use it after cleansing, day and night.
This intensive daily treatment supports skin firmness, tone, and hydration. In addition with rose oil, the cream packs other antioxidants to protect the skin, says Ilyas. Argan oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera also provide deep nourishment.
Apply a generous amount of cream after cleansing—any anytime you need a hydration boost.
Slathering on a face mask a few times a week can make a big difference in your complexion—especially if you want to rejuvenate and soften your skin.
“When you need more hydration, this mask can help,” says Ilyas. It concentrates those skin-loving ingredients on your skin to really ramp up hydration. Consider it a more intense version of Andalou Naturals’ 1000 Roses Toner.
Apply this mask to clean skin, leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse off with cool water. Treat your complexion one to three times a week.
This rose water product combines rose oil with vortexed, magnetized water (believed to increase its energy) for a versatile spray. Because this spray uses rose oil, it may offer greater benefits than rosewater.
Use it to refresh your skin or hair, or to add a light, pleasant scent to your linens or air at home.
Toss these babies in your gym back to use after working out, or use them to remove makeup and cleanse at the end of a long day.
Since rosewater and other soothing ingredients make these wipes less likely to dry or irritate your skin, they’re perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.
If you love your rosewater spray but need something a little more intense and hydrating, this spray, which combines water, rose oil, and glycerin, is for you.
According to Ilyas, glycerin attracts moisture to the skin, so it helps the rose oil stay on the skin to work its magic. For that reason, this spray is more hydrating than your average rosewater.
Use it as a face or body lotion wherever your skin needs extra nourishment and moisture.