Rose Water and Oil to Reduce Stress and Calm Irritated Skin
Roses use and benefits for the skin
Rose has been used for centuries for cosmetic and therapeutic reasons. The Egyptians used them in skincare while French royals like Queen Marie Antoinette used them to make natural perfumes and oils. It has also been used to treat other problems such as headaches, digestive or even menstrual issues.
To date, there are over 200 rose species but the two main species which are mainly used for creating essential oil are Damask rose (Rosa damascena) and Cabbage rose (Rosa centifolia).
Why is Rose Good for You?
- It has powerful antioxidant properties due to the presence of phenolic compounds and vitamin C that are found in roses. This helps to protect the skin from environmental stressors.
- It contains phenylethyl alcohol that gives this flower its antibacterial properties to help those with acne-prone skin.
- Rose has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm and reduce any redness and irritation in the skin.
- Rose essential oil has been shown to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties. Its uplifting scent is bound to put you in a good mood.
How Do You Use It?
There is a sea of products in the market now that are infused with rose. However, if you want to just get back to basics, here are some ideas to reap the amazing benefits of rose.
- Use rose water alone as a natural face mist to calm and tone your skin or as a refreshing 'pick-me-up' any time of the day!
- Add rose water or oil (just a few drops) into your shower routine for baby soft skin.
- DIY a face mask using rose water. Simply mix it with any type of clay for its purifying effect and honey for its anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Get creative! Do note that this concoction should be stored in the fridge and used within 1 to 2 days. If you intend to keep it for a longer period, you will need to add a suitable preservative of your choice.
- Get cooking. Add it to your stew and salads like they do in the Middle East.
- Destress by spritzing some rose water on your pillow before you sleep. Rose oil is known for its therapeutic effects.
Let us know how else you use rose water by commenting down below. We’d love to hear from you.