12 Ways Rose Is Beneficial For Your Skin
There's a popular idiom (in several languages) that water is life. It's unsurprising, then, that rose water can give new life to your skin.
Here are a dozen ways that rose can be a wonderful addition to your skin care ritual.
1. Rose can help clear acne-prone skin
Rose water is made by steaming rose petals in water. It captures some of that skin-loving essence that can be found in Rosa damascena as well as other species of rose.
Rose water has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Just as a reminder, antibacterials kill or slow the growth of bacteria while antiseptics can go that extra step and prevent the growth of viruses and fungi as well.
Acne can be caused by excess sebum production, which can lead to clogged pores and the growth of bacteria.
Rose water will address some of these issues. It may help minimize acne and calm inflammation that frequently accompanies breakouts.
This is why we at JUARA chose to feature rose water in our Rose and Willowbark Purifying Mask. Along with other natural ingredients, it soothes and treats blemished skin. It's an amazing balancing mask for many skin types.
JUARA Rose Willowbark Purifying Mask is formulated with white willowbark, rose water, red sandalwood, rice, and kaolin clay. It purifies your pores, calms redness, and softens the skin.
White willowbark is an excellent exfoliator. It also helps clear out pores. As a natural salicylate, it has properties similar to those of salicylic acid. It can clear up pimples without the side effects that many people experience when using harsh chemicals.
Willowbark works along with rose water and kaolin clay to clarify the skin and pull out impurities. The rice protein refines the skin's texture and helps with hydration.
Both rose water and red sandalwood calm the skin and battle the blotchiness that's associated with acne and other skin conditions.
Together, the botanicals in this oil-free formula culminate in a mask that's made for oily skin, even if it's on the sensitive side. It also works wonders as a spot treatment!
2. Using rose water or oil on the skin may improve mood
Roses likely originated in central Asia many years back, and they have since gained a romantic reputation that has remained strong.
Greek and Roman mythology made the rose a popular romantic symbol. These traditions took the rose and elevated it, calling it the King (and also Queen) of Flowers. When Valentine's Day comes around, many people give their sweethearts red roses to express their love.
What we may not realize is that what we can distill from the rose has the potential to decrease anxiety. So, in a way, the gift of a rose (or rose water or rose oil) is a pretty appropriate way to show you care.
A study conducted on mice found that rose petal extracts could relax their central nervous system. These had both antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects.
We love when science supports what our nose already knows. JUARA Candlenut Perfume Oil contains notes of exotic greens, bergamot, rose, freesia, blooming white jasmine, and just a touch of fresh coconut.
It's no surprise that this medley makes for an aromatic mood booster.
This skin-friendly fragrance is super easy to apply with its rollerball applicator. The oil-free formula is dermatologist-tested, so you can breathe easy as you inhale a little piece of heaven. Put it in your pocket or purse and reapply on those pulse points at any time.
And if you're already a fan, try our perfume oil with jasmine. This unique blend of soft magnolia petals, violet leaves, green bamboo, and palm fronds will soon become your next favorite.
3. Using rose water for skin can reduce some redness
A common go-to ingredient in folk remedies as well as beauty products today, rose water has long been used to improve our skin.
One of the most common reasons people use rose water and rose essential oil is for the purpose of reducing redness.
This is good news for people with many different skin types, but especially for those with sensitive skin.
Rose water or oil can have an astringent effect on the capillaries that lie just below the skin's surface. This minimizes the redness that is caused by enlarged capillaries. It is important to note that synthetic blends, while they may smell as sweet, aren't likely to have the same therapeutic value.
Distilling rose petals and incorporating the resulting rose water into your beauty routine can prove rather beneficial. There are also plenty of quality products out there from which to choose.
4. Rose water works to soothe irritation and inflammation
One of the innumerable benefits of rose water is its ability to improve skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. This is in part due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, which can address ailments both internal and external.
For now, we'll talk about how pure rosewater can calm irritated skin. Rose water is rich in vitamin C and phenolics, which fuel rose water's capacity for such skin benefits.
There is research to support the notion that rose water’s anti-inflammatory properties may help ease the irritation associated with rosacea.
If you're not familiar with rosacea, it's a relatively common skin condition that's characterized by visible blood vessels, facial redness, and red (sometimes pus-filled) bumps. Knowing that a natural ingredient like rose water can provide relief is, well, a big relief.
Since the “-itis” in the name of conditions like dermatitis refers to inflammation, it's not surprising that rose water may improve this condition as well. Dermatitis, or eczema, is when your skin gets inflamed, red, and itchy.
As mentioned above, the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water can help reduce redness. In addition, these properties can also help bring down swelling, or potentially prevent it.
5. Rose water can soothe the scalp and diminish that dandruff.
As a corollary to the statement above, the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water may prove helpful for someone with dandruff.
In other words, rose water can come in handy for your hair. You can use it to treat mild scalp inflammations and irritations that contribute to dandruff.
The nourishing and moisturizing properties of rose water help make it a great natural conditioner. It brings hydration to the scalp and revitalizes hair growth.
It seems you should not only incorporate rose water into your skincare routine, but your hair care as well.
6. Rose water has hydrating properties that make for healthy skin
Another one of the ways to use rose water is to help hydrate the skin. As you may know, it's important to maintain a healthy moisture balance.
The hydrating benefits that help with hair growth are also essential for skin health. Our cells function more efficiently when they're getting what they need.
When skin is well-hydrated it tends to be less sensitive to irritants and can more effectively fight off germs. If the outermost layer of the epidermis has sufficient moisture, it will flush away toxins and bring much-needed nutrients to the skin cells.
This may aid in keeping acne breakouts at bay and slowing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Pure rose water - just rose water without other ingredients - can make a perfect face mist. It will help support skin barrier function and give you that sought-after glow. If you're down to try a DIY project and bring home those rose water benefits, it's relatively simple.
You can make your own rose water face mist.
Simply fill a pot with petals you've plucked from the roses in your garden (or wherever you want to get them). Then, cover the petals with some distilled water. If you don't want to over-dilute, make sure the water just covers the rose petals.
Cover the pot with a lid, start with low heat, and slowly bring it to a boil. As soon as it's boiling, turn off the heat, but keep the cover on.
Once the water is back at room temperature, strain out the petals, and pour the water into a clean, sanitized bottle. Using a spray bottle is best for convenience, but you can also put it in a jar and use a cotton pad to apply it to your skin.
Spray it on right after you wash your face and before you use moisturizer.
7. Rose water slows some signs of premature aging caused by the sun
The antioxidant properties in rose water help protect skin cells against damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays and other pollutants in the environment.
By fighting the free radicals that wreak havoc on the skin, antioxidants do us a solid. They help slow the signs of premature aging. This means rose water may keep fine lines off of our face for a few more years, and help diminish dark spots.
Rose water and rose oil contain many powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from damage.
Though antioxidants neutralize free radicals, we can still do our part to minimize our exposure to them in the first place. We can avoid harsh skin care products, eat healthy foods, stop smoking, and find better ways to deal with stress.
8. Use rose water for skin protection and strengthening
Roses contain tannins, anthocyanins, and essential oils. Rose extracts have anti-inflammatory properties that play into the protection of dermal fibroblast cells.
A fibroblast is fibrous cellular material that's responsible for collagen synthesis and contributes to the formation of connective tissue in the body.
Fibroblasts secrete collagen, which helps maintain the structural framework of our tissue. It can help make skin more supple.
In a 2011 study using formulations with witch hazel, rose, and white tea, researchers found that the extracts had a protective effect on fibroblast cells.
This powerful cell protection is another one of the amazing benefits of rose water.
9. Rose water may work to heal wounds
In a wide array of traditions spanning centuries, rose water has been used for wound healing.
The antimicrobial properties rose water has can help keep wounds sterile, and even be used in some cases to treat infections.
Rose water can improve the time it takes for wounds to heal.
Rose water can be used on minor burns, cuts, and scrapes. Of course, if it's anything serious, you should seek medical help.
10. Make your own makeup remover with rose water
If you have dry skin or easily irritated skin, certain makeup removers may be too much. Some contain alcohol, which can be overly drying. Others will have added fragrance, or just not be a good fit for your skin.
When mixed with a natural oil, like coconut oil or almond oil, a rose water makeup remover can make for a much gentler option. This kind of botanical blend can dissolve most of your makeup without being too harsh.
It can remove makeup and soothe skin at the same time.
If you have super sensitive skin, you can always try a patch test on the back of your hand prior to using it on your face.
11. Try using rose water as a gentle toner
Not everyone remembers to use toner in their beauty routine, but it can be super helpful for your skin and is an ideal step between cleansing and moisturizing.
Rose water toner helps remove excess oil from your skin, and prepares it to better receive the revitalizing nutrients and vitamins in your moisturizer.
When using toner, you can sprinkle a few drops on a cotton pad or in your hand before applying it to your face.
12. Maintain the skin's pH balance with rose water
If you're dealing with dryness one day and oily skin the next, or your skin is otherwise out of whack, it may be time to reach for some rose water.
Whatever your skin type, rose water helps maintain the skin's ph balance. This makes rose water a great addition to any toner or virtually any skin treatment.
Our skin has a pH between 4.1 and 5.8. Skincare products with a pH of 4.0-5.0 have been shown to help maintain pH levels and minimize skin irritation. It just so happens that the pH of rose water tends to be between 4.0 and 4.5.
Rose water will boost your natural beauty and give you glowing skin.
Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin, you can experiment with DIY face masks and other skin treatments that address your particular concerns. Try ingredients like rose water, aloe vera gel, honey, turmeric, and yogurt. Use a couple drops of your favorite essential oil for an added aromatherapy benefit.
Here's one recipe to get you started:
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