Rose water has been used for thousands of years, including in the ancient Egypt. Even Cleopatra used rose water in her skincare regimen. Rose water is a liquid byproduct of the rose plant, usually Rosa Damascena or the Damask rose. The name spawns from the plant’s origins in Iran, though it is now heavily cultivated in India, Turkey, Bulgaria and other areas of Europe.
Rosewater is fragrant water prepared by steeping or steaming rose petals. For long, it has been used for skin care benefits, flavoring food, and in perfumes. Rosewater contains about 10%-50% of rose oil, which is one of its major by-products obtained by distilling rose flowers. Since Rosa Damascena has very low oil content, rose oil extracted from this species is one of the most expensive essential oils in the world.
This natural beauty elixir can treat winter dryness, dullness, acne, puffiness, sunburn and so much more. Use it as cleanser, toner, moisturiser, or add it your face pack, as a part of your beauty regime, and the difference will be a there to see in a matter of weeks.
There are several benefits of using rose water.
Rose water maintains the skin’s natural pH balance
Chemically produced soaps and cleansers disrupt the pH balance of our skin, making it prone to bacteria that cause various skin conditions like rashes and acne. Rose water has a mid pH level of 5.5. This property helps rose water restore the skin to its normal pH level.
Rose water hydrates and refreshes skin
Rose water is a completely natural skin toner with 0 added chemicals. Rose water toners are great in pulling out dirt and excess oils from the pores without disrupting the natural pH balance.
Rose water has antiseptic and antibacterial properties
Rose water has antifungal and antibacterial properties, that make it an active ingredient against infections at bay. Rose Water for the eyes can be a useful alternative to using tap water to wash them clean, in case an irritant enters them. However, care must be taken that the rose water you are using is pure and without additives as the eyes are sensitive to dust and infections. It provides protection from dust and pollutants in the air, redness and inflammation of the eye and harmful ingredients of beauty products.
On the same grounds, rose water is beneficial for acne. Its cleansing properties along with the ability to remove oil, dirt and provide antibacterial respite, reduces acne and prevents future breakouts.
Rose water reduces puffiness in the eyes
Simply use a rose water spray to spritz some on cotton balls. Apply the cotton to your eyes, lie back, and relax for ten minutes. You can also use rose water for dark circles, but this will take 3-4 weeks to show results, when used on a regular basis.
Rose water soothes skin inflammation
Rose water is great for skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory properties in pure rose water soothe the itching and irritation caused by these conditions.
Rose water gives a natural shine to hair
Rose water can be administered to the scalp to remove oil and dirt, while restoring natural shine of the hair. Rose water for the hair is a good alternative to shampooing, acting as a natural cleanser and conditioner.
Rose Water Can Reduce Dandruff
Rose water when used on the hair and scalp can help fight dandruff problems. It moisturizes and conditions the hair well. A concoction can be prepared for better results against dandruff by soaking fenugreek seeds in rose water overnight, and then mashing them in to a semi-liquid paste. This can be applied directly onto the scalp, let it sit for an hour and shampoo afterwards. Use this method once a week for obtaining good results.
Boost your sheet mask
Are you prepared to take your sheet mask game way, way up? Or do you just need an extra boost? Take a cotton pad and apply rose water to your face after cleansing, then lay your serum-soaked sheet mask on top. The rose water will amplify your sheet mask’s hydrating benefits, and the sheet mask will bring the rosewater deeper into your skin, and its soothing properties along with it.
Refresh your makeup
Rosewater isn’t just beneficial for your skin care routine. A few spritzes can be used to prep skin for makeup, and even to freshen makeup after a long shoot. It has refreshing, softening, brightening, and toning effects. If you don’t feel like dropping a ton of money on a priming spray or refreshing mist, rosewater works wonders.
Soothe razor burn
Suffering from razor burn on your legs or bikini area? Rose water, because it’s a mild astringent and antibacterial, is your friend in this situation. Rosewater can help calm redness, itching, and irritation.
Enhance your face mask
There are few better face mask ingredients than rose, which is why so many masks are made of the stuff. If you’re making an at-home mask that calls for a liquid, try using rose water instead of regular water. It’ll add an extra level of nourishment, and in the case of some masks, it might make the smell of the ingredients more tolerable.
Boost your bath
Adding rose water to your bath will not only ensure you smell amazing afterward, but it’ll also soothe your mind and promote relaxation—not to mention leave you smelling like roses. Pour some in a bath, breathe in deeply, and enjoy.
Research has found a link between rose water and mood stabilization. Extracts secreted from the petals of rose plants have been found to have light mood-enhancing benefits. In addition, rose water contains neuroprotective properties, meaning a bit of rose water can keep you smiling and glowing for longer in life.
How to Use Rose Water
One of the most appealing parts of rose water is that it can be infused into many different products. From lotion to water, the liquid can be added to your favorite beauty go-to’s for an extra blast of health and freshness.
Here are some ways to incorporate rose water into your beauty routine.
- Eye cleanser: Douse a cotton ball with rose water and rub on your eyes for a soothing effect.
- Body lotion: Add a few drops of rose water to lotion and apply to yourself to hydrate the skin.
- Conditioner: Instead of traditional conditioner, scrub your hair with rose water post-shampoo.
- Makeup remover: Add drops of rose water to a makeup-removing wipe to infuse the cleanser and exfoliate the skin.
DIY – How to make rosewater at home?
- organic rose petals
Directions: Collect rose flowers, preferably organic, smaller roses as they tend to be more fragrant. Separate the petals and rinse them in cold water to remove any debris. Add the roses to a pot and cover them with water (Not too much or you will dilute the rose water). Simmer the roses for 20-30 minutes on medium to low heat until the roses lose color. Cool and strain. The rosewater can be stored in the fridge for a week or poured over an ice cube tray and frozen.
Did you learn anything new about rose water? How do you like to use it in your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments below.