Rosewater has been known for its beneficial properties for centuries, considered a natural healer in terms of skinfood and your overall health since early civilization. It is said that Cleopatra soaked the sails of her ship in it so that “the very winds were lovesick”. If it’s good enough for a queen, it’s good enough for us! Here are 15 tricks for using it in your daily skincare!
#1 Drink It Up!
Beginning with a holistic viewpoint, ingesting rosewater can really boost your system overall, as it’s said to lower blood pressure and the stress hormone cortisol. And that’s just from the scent alone! Make your own rosewater by leaving petals in water under sunlight for two days and drain the water to use. It’s also full of vitamins, including A, E, C, D, B3B as well as antioxidants.
#2 Fresh As A Rose
Use rosewater as a facial cleanser to remove impurities and oils in a way that will suit everyone even if your skin is super sensitive. Start your morning like this, or do so after removing makeup in the evening.
#3 Petal Power to Tone and Tighten
That’s right, this really is a one-step skincare saviour that covers everything from cleansing to toning and moisturizing too! It tones as the mildly astringent elements in it tighten the pores and balance the skin as it balances the PH gently.
#4 Hydration Station
Don’t put that magic water away just yet! Rose always has highly hydrating properties, so patting into your skin after washing is not just toning but also giving a boost of hydration. Now pat yourself on the back for multitasking!
#5 Oil It Up
Skincare brands have long since recognised the potential of rose-infused products, and one of the best inventions they’ve come up with is rose oil! Let the antioxidant, nourishing rose sink into your skin in a richer way than ever before… We suggest the Pixi Rose Oil Blend (€34) to get you glowing!
As out there as it sounds, rosewater can be used as a mouthwash too! It’s far more gentle than standard mouthwashes so it may take some getting used to as it won’t give you that minty fresh blast of alcoholic-based, medicinal germ-killer feeling. You will smell fresh as a rose though!
#7 Shiny Hair
The benefits don’t stop with your skin, as you can also douse your locks in it! After usual washing and conditioning, pour rosewater over the hair to use as a leave-in conditioner. From root to tip it will have a natural shine & gorgeous smell!
#8 Bathe in Roses
This choice is far more relaxing than anything, but isn’t your peace of mind more important than everything else? Come on girls (or guys!), sprinkling your bath with rose petals, rosewater or rose oil will have you in a deep meditative rest ready for sleep by the smell alone.
#9 Body Oil
Many of us spend so much time on our face that we forget skincare doesn’t shouldn’t end past the neck. Don’t waste your facial oils on your body however, there are other options more suited to our body. The rose will really help those who feel their skin needs deep nourishment but ends up breaking out from heavy creams or manufactured, perfumed products.
#10 Origins RitualiTea Face Mask
Origins released these powder masks last year and the world went nuts for them! The one that really stole our hearts was this RitualiTea Feeling Rosy Comforting Face Mask (€36.45), infused with rose extracts. It soothes and hydrates like no other, which is a must for anyone who feels their hectic lifestyle is taking over and showing on their face.
#11 Pillow Spray
It may sound like we are going overboard and literally splashing our entire home in rosewater, but can you blame us? Store rosewater in a spray bottle then diffuse the relaxing and clean, natural scent over the cushions, pillows and linen in your home.
#12 Refreshing Spray
Have another spray bottle in your purse so you can always refresh yourself during the day when you’re out and about! If you’re prone to feeling dry or tight-skinned throughout the day, then this will be your hero product.
#13 Healing Flower
One of the best features of rose-infused beauty is that it really does have powerful healing qualities. Whether you suffer from acne, eczema or even if you have a cut, rose has powerful antioxidants to kill the bacteria and is soothing enough to get it back on the road to natural regeneration.
#14 Puffy Eyes Be Gone
If you wake up with puffy eye bags, store rosewater in the fridge overnight so that in the morning you can debuff them before heading out. Soak cotton pads in the cooled water and place under the eye for 5-10 minutes and there you have it – the salty diet, alcohol and lack of sleep are all gone!
#15 Fresh Rose Face Mask
The Fresh Rose Face Mask (€58.56) actually has rose petals within it, as shown below. It claims to tone and hydrate, and as someone who regularly reaches for this mask, let me confirm it most certainly does. It has a cooling effect that instantly calms, and the jelly formula is light enough for those with oily skin to handle!