Traditionally used to soothe and tone skin, rose extract has been clinically proven to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (which is why rose water is sometimes touted as an all-natural mouthwash), to protect fibroblast cells against oxidative damage, and to enhance proteins and enzymes that contribute to barrier function.
Rose essential oil is the most potentâ€”and, because it takes roughly 30,000 rose petals to produce a single ounce, the most costly-â€”rose ingredient, but virtually every part of the plant can be used cosmetically. Rose water, which is a by-product of the distillation process, is an excellent hydrator; and rose-hip oil, which is derived from the fruit of some rose varieties, has been shown to inhibit the melanin production that causes brown spots.
1. Antibacterial: Naturally antibacterial rose essential oil makes can help treat acne and acne-prone skin. Combined with its cleansing properties, rose makes an ideal ingredient in face washes and cleansers.
2. Anti-inflammatory: While we may think of roses for their iconic deep red color, rose oils can actually help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin. Its calming properties can also help sooth rosecea and eczema.
You can even create a calming face mask from rose petals. Simply soak 8 petals in 3-4 tablespoons of water for 2-3 hours. Then mash the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix well, and apply to entire face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
3. Antioxidants: Rose contains high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. This important vitamin can help protect skin cells from damage, such as from staying out in the sun too long. Some evidence even suggests that rose water can help prevent sunburn.
4. Moisturizing: The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping skin feeling smooth. Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin because the sugars in its petals create a soothing feeling.
5. Naturally fragrant: Many organic beauty products choose to include rose for its delicate aroma in lieu of artificial fragrances.
6. Relaxing: When used aromatically, rose calms and soothes the mind. In fact, rose petals are a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and calm. While this characteristic doesnâ€™t directly add beauty benefits, it sure makes that rose-scented lotion or cream an extra pleasant experience.
7. Toning: As a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowy complexion. Unlike conventional alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out.MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID