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Rose Water for Skin: Benefits and How to Use It

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Is it a good idea to use rose water for your skin? Probably. Rose water is said to heal and care for your skin at the same time, making it a true all-rounder that cosmetics have long appreciated. Take care of yourself from head to toe (and nose!) by adding rose water to your beauty routine.

What is Rose Water?

Rose water is as simple as it sounds. It is a liquid made from water and roses and is actually a by-product of the production of the incredibly precious rose oil. There are many valuable ingredients for your skin in rose water, making it highly sought-after in the world of natural cosmetics.

Distilling rose oil and rose water from the blossoms of fragrant roses is a delicate technique that has been around since ancient times. Rose water is the condensed water vapor produced during the extraction of rose oil.

Rose water contains:

  • Vitamin B and vitamin C
  • Pectins – a natural gelling substance which binds water
  • Tannins – vegetable tanning agents like the ones found in tea

Effects of Rose Water for Your Skin 

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If you happen to grow your own organic roses, consider making your own rose water. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - Monfocus )

Rose water is said to benefit the skin in many different ways. Here are some of the effects of rose water for your skin:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • maintains skin pH balance
  • controls excess oil/removes oil and dirt from skin
  • antibacterial
  • anti-aging/tightens skin
  • promotes blood circulation
  • non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog your pores

Did you know? Studies show you can also use rose water for aromatherapy to help manage stress and boost your mood.

Rose Water for Different Skin Types

So who should use rose water for their skin? Unless you’re allergic or have a skin condition, using rose water is safe. However, different skin types benefit differently from rose water:

Oily Skin

The non-greasy rose water is great when caring for sensitive skin. It speeds up the healing of pimples and blackheads without degreasing the skin. It can also soothe the inflammation of acne as well as protect against scarring.

  • Dab rose water directly on the inflamed area with a reusable makeup remover pad (like these ones on Amazon**). If pimples are already healing, you can moisten the skin more extensively and let the water be absorbed.
  • Rose water is a gentler alternative to facial toner containing alcohol as it is slightly antibacterial and moisturizes the skin. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to redness, try rose water for your skin instead of facial toner.

Mature and Tired Skin

Rose water can revitalize the skin and give it a fresh appearance. Because the skin is moisturized, it becomes firmer and therefore regenerates faster.

  • Make rose water a part of your morning routine as an invigorating and firming facial tonic. It works best when applied first thing in the morning.
  • When dabbed directly under the eyes, rose water is effective against puffiness or dark circles because it improves blood circulation. 

In the field of natural cosmetics, many companies use rose water in cleansing and care products for both sensitive, impure skin, and tired and sagging skin. Many companies also sell pure rose water as a spray or facial tonic – like, for example, Simplified Skin Organic Rose Water (on Amazon**) or Leven Rose Pure & Organic Rose Water Spray (on Amazon**).

Other Uses for Rose Water

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Having a good skincare routine is important, and so is finding the products that work for you. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Karolina Grabowska)
  • Use the blood circulation-promoting effect of rose water as a hair tonic. For dry scalps with dandruff, rose water can have a relaxing effect and help to better regulate moisture.
  • Add some rose water to your bath to help clear your mind. The warm, sweet rose scent relaxes the nerves and brightens the mood.
  • Ease tension headaches with a cool compress and some rose water
  • Out of mouthwash? Use rose water. Its slight antiseptic effect will help to freshen your breath.
  • Rose water tea is packed full of vitamin C and helps hydrate from within.
  • Add an oomph to your day by mixing some rose water with water and using it as body spray. The lovely scent of roses will follow and linger all day long.

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Rosenwasser: Wirkung und Anwendung des Blütenwassers

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