Rose water … a “rosy” solution for beautiful skin
Rose water has been used as part of beauty regimes for centuries. The usage of rose water dates back to early Egypt, when Cleopatra used the natural product in her skincare regime. If it was good enough to the world’s most legendary beauty queen then I’m all for it!
A secret weapon for skin
Rose water has a variety of uses and benefits and is hailed as a secret weapon for skin in countries like India where it’s a beauty staple. However, it’s used by women all over the world. It’s one of the most amazing ingredients that you can include in your skin care routine. I absolutely love using it – it helps soften your skin and gives it a natural, healthy glow. It also smells amazing.
Rose water is filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins, therefore, it can help prevent the signs of ageing and nourish the skin. It has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Rose water can help:
- maintain your skin’s pH balance
- fight acne, dermatitis and eczema
- hydrate, revitalize and moisturize the skin, and make it smooth
- heal scars, cuts and wounds
- sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin
- tone the skin
- help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues due to its antioxidant properties
- revitalize aging skin and keeps fine lines and wrinkles at bay
Add it to your beauty regime
There’s a number of ways to incorporate rose water into your beauty regime. I keep my rose water in a spray bottle in the fridge and use it as follows:
As a toner – apply chilled rose water on your skin with a soft cotton ball immediately after cleansing my face. It helps naturally tone up your facial skin. Regular use of rose water as a toner is said to help prevent wrinkles too (slowing down aging process), tighten pores and add a wonderful glow to the skin. It also smells great!
To cure dark circles and prevent or reduce eye puffiness – I spray some on a couple of cotton pads and gently place them on my eyes for a few minutes. It’s really soothing to the tender skin around your eyes and helps reduce eye puffiness especially in the morning.
Rose water can also be used as a freshening mist throughout the day, as a make-up remover when mixed with a bit of coconut oil, and you can add some to your bathwater – it softens and leaves a beautiful scent of fresh rose on your body.
When purchasing rose water, make sure you buy only 100% pure rose water (ie. the distilled water of roses with no chemicals). I pick mine up at a local Indian shop http://www.eurasia.ie – they carry various brands and it’s surprisingly inexpensive (anywhere from €2 and up).