What do you picture when you hear the word “roses?”
Romance? Elegant English gardens? A fabulous bouquet? Maybe even Rose from The Golden Girls?
Well, it turns out you should actually think of good skincare too!
Made from rose petals that have been steeped in water, rose water has been used for centuries in the Middle East to flavor foods, treat irritation, and beautify the skin.
Here are a few ways this age-old beauty tonic can work wonders for your skin:
Promotes Skin pH Balance
Roses are red … but your face doesn’t have to be.
One of the best ways you can keep your complexion free from redness and sensitivity is to maintain your skin’s pH balance. PH is a measure of acidity, and guess what? Your skin is naturally acidic. To be more specific, your skin has a very thin film of acidity on its surface. This film is known as the “acid mantle,” and it has several functions:
- It helps your skin retain moisture
- It protects your skin from pollutants that might be found in the environment
- It helps prevent irritation1
But to do all these things effectively, the acid mantle must maintain a good balance of acidity.2 When the skin’s pH is disturbed, it can result in itchiness, irritation, and dry skin. It might even contribute to the development of crow’s feet and fine lines.3
Experts often recommend applying a little rose water to the complexion to help rebalance skin pH levels.4
So if you’re struggling with sensitive skin, try dabbing a little rose water on a cotton pad and swiping it across your face for some soothing relief.
Can Slow the Visible Signs of Aging
Collagen and elastin are naturally-occurring proteins that help keep your skin looking plump, firm, and youthful. As you age, these proteins begin to break down, leading to the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.5
While some collagen and elastin breakdown is inevitable, there are steps you can take to slow the process down – and rose water may be of some help.
Studies show that rose water actually inhibits the activity of enzymes that break down collagen and elastin proteins in the skin.6 And minimizing the breakdown of collagen and elastin can help your skin maintain a firm and youthful appearance.
Rose water is also filled with antioxidants.7 These polyphenols work to neutralize the effects of harmful free radicals – molecules that attack your body and may lead to the visible signs of aging.8
Helps Diminish The Appearance of Dark Circles
We’re all familiar with those dreaded dark circles under the eyes… and they only seem to get worse with age.
As you get older, collagen loss makes your skin more thin.9 And the thinner skin is, the more visible your blood vessels become. So if you’re dealing with dark circles, be sure to do what you can to minimize collagen breakdown and prevent thinning skin. Collagen-building products that contain peptides can help skin look plumper, including the skin around your eyes.10
But you may also want to work some rose water into your routine. Rose water contains vitamin C – a nutrient that’s necessary to the formation of collagen.11,12
Rose water also has soothing antioxidant properties that may be able to ease any irritation around the eyes.13
Hydrates Dry Skin
Whether you have dry skin or oily skin, it’s important to keep your face hydrated. And rose water is great at hydrating! Rose water is known to help keep skin smooth, supple, and soft.14 Spritz a little on your face throughout the day for an extra dose of moisture.
Helps Control Breakouts
Oily skin contributes to the development of acne.15 If this is a problem for you, consider keeping a little rose water on hand. Rose water has been found to help inhibit the growth of acne and calm irritated skin.16 If you find yourself in the midst of a breakout, try gently swabbing the affected areas with a cotton pad soaked in rose water.
Relaxes Your Mind
The scent of roses has a calming effect on the mood. It’s known to help relieve feelings of tension and stress – so it’s no wonder it’s a popular as a mood-booster in aromatherapy.17
After all – when you feel good, you look good.
The Radiance of Rose Water
Rose water may not be the newest kid on the block, but this old standby deserves a spot on your cosmetics shelf. Use it as an addition to your skincare regimen to keep your complexion balanced, calm, and youthful.
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