Roses have been used in beauty treatments for hundreds of years — Ancient Egyptians boiled them into perfume oils and healing balms. During the Renaissance, Europeans bathed with rose petals and mixed rosewater and flour to create foundation. I'm glad flour-based makeup has gone by the wayside, but the use of roses in beauty products have endured. Here's why:
1. Balances skin. Rose clay, rosehip powder, and rosewater all possess powers to balance skin tone. That’s why I include these ingredients in my Rose Clay Facial Mask, Rose Himalayan Salt Scrub, and Rose + Tea Facial Toner.
2. Anti-aging. High in Vitamin C, carotene, and tannins, rosehip powder exfoliates and helps your skin cells regenerate to keep your skin smooth and healthy-looking. Rose clay improves the skin’s circulation and rosewater has long been used in anti-aging and anti-wrinkle beauty products. You’ll find both of these ingredients in my Rose Clay Facial Mask.
3. Prevents acne. Rosewater’s astringent and antibacterial properties ward off acne, which is one of the many reasons I love it in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.
4. Deodorizing. It’s no surprise that rose essential oil is often used in perfumery, but did you know that rosewater’s deodorizing properties make it a great addition to natural deodorants? I love soaking up the lovely, light scent with my Rose Himalayan Bathing Salts.
5. Safe for sensitive skin. Because rosewater (also known as rose hydrosol) is obtained from essentially boiling rose petals into water, it contains no harsh chemicals or alcohols, and so is commonly used on its own as a toner or astringent for sensitive skin. It’s one of the chief ingredients in my Rose + Tea Facial Toner.