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Rose Water, Rose Water Benefits, Rose Water Uses in Skincare, Rose Water Properties Uses Benefits

Rose Water Benefits & Uses (Part II)

by Mariana N., March 29, 2018

After we discussed how rose water is made and how to identify a quality one on the ingredient list, we continue with the spotlight on this beautiful ingredient. We'll review in more detail the specific benefits and easy, practical ways to use rose water in your daily skincare routine.

What are the Key Benefits of Rose Water?

Rose water has been known and used for centuries for its soothing, cleansing and hydrating properties. Specifically, these are the key benefits that rose water has been credited for based on research.

  • It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial (including anti-bacterial) properties - it helps reduce and inhibit skin inflammation caused by microbes. Because of that, it is especially beneficial for irritated and acne-prone skin. It helps reduce redness and eczema. In the case of acne-prone skin, rose water also helps keep the skin pH balance by regulating excess oil and clarifying the skin.
  • It has astringent and antioxidant properties that are beneficial to clear the pores, tone and tighten the skin. Its antioxidant properties (related to the flavonol contents) also help with skin healing and regeneration. That makes rose water a natural remedy in case of blemishes, wounds, burns and scars.
  • Its soothing, calming and hydrating properties make rose water suitable for all skin types to cleanse, soften and hydrate the skin,  smooth and refresh the completion.  An added benefit is that the light, delicate scent of rose water is also uplifting and enhances the mood (rose oil content can be up to 0.1%).

What are Some Easy, Practical Ways to Use Rose Water in Your Daily Beauty Routine?

An incredible versatile ingredient, rose water has many applications in skincare and is great for green DIY beauty recipes. It's important to emphasize that in order for these recipes and applications to be effective and beneficial, it all has to start with choosing authentic, quality rose water, made with the purest ingredients.

  1. Cleanser and makeup remover. I love the simple DIY recipe of mixing jojoba oil and rose water (1:4 ratio) for a gentle, yet effective cleanser. Best to be kept in a dark bottle. Shake well before use and apply on a cotton pad.
  2. Facial toner. Perhaps the most widely used application, a rose water toner is applied after cleansing to tighten and improve skin’s surface, and lock in hydration. I like to spritz pure rose water directly on my face and let my skin soak it up. If spraying is too much for you, apply on a cotton pad.  
  3. Makeup setup / face mist. Related to the toner application, misting rose water throughout the day helps to setup, and refresh your makeup and overall completion.
  4. Topical treatment. Apply with a massage movement to treat acne-prone and oily skin, and to alleviate sunburns. Persistence and making this part of your daily routine is key - a one-time application won't be effective.
  5. Body mist. It's not just your face that deserves this royal rose treatment. Use rose water as a body mist after you shower to hydrate and tone. The bonus - it's a very sensory, pampering ritual to add to your self-care.
  6. Natural perfume. I'm obsessed with rose water and use it multiple times daily; I find it to be the ultimate multi-tasking ingredient. I love it applied as a hair mist or on the inside of my wrists as a natural perfume. While gentle, the scent is very uplifting and 'happy' - to me, it has the same effect as inhaling the aroma of fresh picked roses.
  7. Eye mask. Soak cotton pads with rose water and apply on the eyes to reduce dark circles and help de-puff this gentle area. It's another great way to steal a few self-care minutes.
  8. Hair anti-frizz spray. Sprayed on the hair, it eases fly-aways (especially in winter) and lightly perfumes your locks.
  9. Hair rinse. Used as a last-step rinse, it will add shine and elasticity to your hair. 
  10. Drink it! Add to your water, coffee or tea for beauty from within. It It's important to note here that you need therapeutic-grade rose water that's specifically made and safe for drinking. Taken internally, rose water is said to aid with digestion, provide antioxidants and vitamins, and beautify the skin from within. I love Armina Bio Beauty Elixir and Ecomaat La Vie en Rose Rose Drops - both are perfect for making a flavorful rose latte!                           

In addition to the above applications, rose water can be used in many DIY beauty and skincare recipes, such as masks, scrubs, cleansers (as in #1 above). One of my favorite ways is using rose water to mix with my favorite clay mask (instead of regular water) for a smoother, more aromatic texture and overall experience.

What are some of your favorite rose water-based toners and products? What about favorite ways to use it in your beauty routine? We'd love to hear from you - send us a note here or here.

**None of these statements are intended to diagnose, treat or prevent a decease or health condition. They are for educational purposes only, and are based on the author's personal experiences, opinion and research. 


Rose Water Uses, Benefits in Skincare
Rose Water Uses Benefits Skincare
Rose Water Benefits Uses in Skincare

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