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Facial With A Flower? Here’s Why Roses Need A Place In Your Skincare Routine

rose water for face

Wake up and smell the rose..rose water that is. Roses, traditionally, have long acted as a symbol of love and the hallmark of Valentine’s day - and we love it! However, did you know that these beautiful petals have so much more to offer when simmered and transformed into rose water?

The use of rose water for face dates back several centuries. In fact, it is rumoured that Cleopatra bathed in pure rose water. With hydrating and soothing abilities, as well as a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, and antibacterial powers – it's one of those ultimate beauty powerhouses; which also explains why high-end brands use it as the base for many of their products. So without further ado, we’re listing down all the benefits of applying rose water to the face.

Benefits of Rose Water

Rose water is the superstar ingredient that addresses a multitude of skincare concerns. Keep scrolling to know more about the benefits of applying rose water to your face.

Balances Skin’s Natural Oils

Rose water is very popular owing to its ability to balance the sebum being produced, thus perfect for oily skin. And the proficiency with which it clarifies your skin is impeccable, leading to refreshed skin too.

Helps Reduce Redness

Dealing with breakouts and any sort of irritation on your skin, rose water can actually lessen its appearance and any accompanying discomfort. It’s, therefore, a great elixir to soothe and calm your skin.

Hydrates The Skin

Moisturisation is key to youthful, glowing skin, and rose water acts as a natural hydrator. Rose water gives the skin an instant, refreshing boost by hydrating it.

Antioxidants To Protect The Skin

Used since the 7th century for a variety of purposes, rose water is rich in antioxidants which provide the much-needed nutrients to your skin.

Smells Heavenly

Who doesn’t love the sweet, subtle fragrance of a rose? Rose water has the advantage over many other botanicals for its delightful and comforting scent.

An Anti-Ageing Elixir

Rose water can temporarily plump fine lines and even help to prevent new ones from forming.

Unclogs Pores

When your pores get clogged up with everyday residue and toxins, rose water acts as a great cleanser and helps you decongest them and clean the impurities for a clearer, brighter complexion.

Minimizes The Appearance Of Pores

Speaking of pores, rose water can actually help to diminish the appearance of those pesky large pores as it tones the skin.

Tightens The Skin

Thanks to its toning properties, rose water can temporarily tighten the look of your skin, giving you a firm and fresh look.

Acts As A Natural Primer

Rose water helps remove impurities and sets your skin up for success. It deep-cleanses and leaves your skin looking luminous, making it an excellent addition to your daily skincare routine, which in turn makes your skin an impressively smooth base for makeup!

How to Use Rose Water for face

If your budget won’t allow for a fully rose-infused skincare regime yet (because hey, all those streaming subscriptions add up), a simple bottle of rose water can still transform your skin, hair, and makeup routine. Here are some of the best uses of rose water for the face.

As An Anti-Inflammatory Face Mask

Mix 4 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, ¼ cup of mashed rose petals, 4 tablespoons of rosewater,  and a tablespoon of honey into a paste. Next, apply this mixture to the face and neck like a face mask. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water. For additional benefits, replace the honey with turmeric, as it is said to remove dead skin cells, brighten the skin, as well as reduce discolouration.

DIY Mask For A Lit-From-Within Glow

In a bowl, add 1 tablespoon chickpea flour along with 2 tablespoons each of rosewater and yoghurt. Apply to the face and let the mask dry. Then rinse with milk, followed by cold water. Shine bright like a diamond (from within)!

Soothing Facial Cleanser

Soak 8 to 10 petals in 4 tbsp of filtered water for three hours. Mash the petals into the water and then add 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix and apply this natural cleanser to the face. Leave on for about 20 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. 

For Spot Treatment

Take a handful of neem leaves and then crush it into fine powder. Mix the powder with a few drops of rosewater to make a smooth paste. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder. Apply it to your face and neck. Post 15 minutes, wash it off. If you have an angry zit that needs to be less red and inflamed by morning, this can be your go-to DIY recipe. It also improves the skin’s resistance to scarring post-breakout.

A Toner For Dull Skin

Pour one part of rose water for the face and one part of witch hazel into a vessel. Shake it well to mix the ingredients. Keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Voila, you’ve made your own refreshing toner for summer. Soak a cotton pad into the mixture and sweep it over the face. Layer it up with a serum or moisturiser for guaranteed all-day hydration. 

Pro tip: Freeze any leftover rose water in an icecube tray. This will keep perfectly portioned 2 tablespoon cubes ready for all your future DIYing.

A Soothing Eye Mask

Simply, grate a cucumber and squeeze the juice. Add a few drops of rose water to it and mix well. Apply this mixture under your eyes and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

How to Make Rose Water at Home

You’ll need: 

  • Roses as many as you’d like

  • Distilled water enough to cover the petals

Method: 

Pluck the petals off the flower and rinse under lukewarm water to remove any dust residue. Add petals to a large pot and fill the pot with enough distilled water to solely cover the petals. If you add more water, you run the risk of diluting the potency of the rose water. Bring the water to a simmer over medium-low heat and cover. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the petals have lost their colour (or have turned pale pink). Strain the mixture to separate the petals from the water. Store the rose water in a jar to use later.

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If the beauty world had something equivalent to the Oscars, St. Botanica’s Bulgarian Rose Otta Glow Night Cream would win in every category. In just one application, you’ll notice just how quickly the potent formula works. Your overall complexion will look a lot brighter and more even! Trust us, your skin will look extra glowy in the morning if you use this concoction.

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You can count on St Botanica products to deliver a spa-like experience - and this Rose Otta Glow Face Wash does just that. It combines skin-loving ingredients like rose extracts and Vitamin B5 to illuminate the skin while calming down any redness - spa at home, anyone? 

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