Rose Water: Recipe and Skin Benefits

How This Flower Can Help Your Skin

The rose flower and the water made from steeping rose petals in water can have numerous benefits for the skin. With the rise in popularity of natural skin care products and ingredients, rose water is gaining popularity. Learn here all about the history of rose water and all the ways it helps our skin stay youthful and healthy.

What is Rose Water

Rose water is made by steeping or distilling rose petals in water. Rose water is used in beauty and skin care products, perfumes, and also in cooking - especially in Middle Eastern recipes. Today rose water is used throughout the world for its skin care benefits.

The smell of roses is such a beautiful, intoxicating scent that whispers femininity. (That is, when it's real and not chemical.) The scent of roses can be soothing and relaxing which can calm anxiety. It does not need to be strong and overwhelming.  

More and more people looking to get back to the basics when it comes to their skin care products and their skin care routine. People are starting to use oils to cleanse and moisturize the body. This is an ancient practice that is once again becoming very popular. Using rose water as part of your skin care routine offers many benefits and not just for those people who want to use natural skin care products. Rose water can actually help calm, hydrate, and protect everyone's skin.

Rose Water Skin Benefits

Rose water is great for all skin types. It has gentle anti-bacterial properties and can help relieve redness and inflammation in the skin. This makes it a great product to use for those who suffer from acne, chronic redness, or have sensitive skin. In addition it is also anti-inflammatory making it a good product to use for instance after shaving in order to soothe skin. 

Rose water will not dry out your skin so it's also beneficial for those with dry skin. It can by hydrating for the skin as well. It has been known to help with under-eye circles and softening of early signs of aging. Soak cotton pads in rose water and then apply to your eyes for 5 minutes in order to reduce under eye puffiness. It also is great to use on skin irritations such as bug bites or sun burns. When you use rose water directly on your face your skin will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and smooth.

Make Your Own Rose Water

Making your own rose water couldn't be easier:

  • Fill a pot with fresh rose petals and cover them with distilled water. The water should only just over the rose petals. Too much water and your rose water will be very diluted.
  • Cover the pot, turn to fire to low and slowly bring it to a boil.
  • Turn off heat, keep cover on and let water come to room temperature.
  • Once at room temperature, strain out petals and pour the water into a clean, sanitized bottle.

How to Use

Put the rose water into a spritz bottle and in the morning spritz directly onto your skin after washing but before moisturizing. Rose water can also be sprayed on your face to set your make-up. You can also use rose water as a toner by first applying the rose water to a cotton pad. Then sweep across your face. If your skin needs a pick-me-up during the day spritz any time for a hydrating boost. You can use it on your hair, your pillows or sheets, to remove make-up, and in your bath.

Rather Buy Your Own?

If you are looking to buy 100% pure rose water make sure you carefully read the ingredients list before purchasing a product since many products are not pure rose water. It is both easy to buy 100% rose water to use on its own (or to make your own skin care products with) or to buy skin care products that contain rose water as one of their main ingredients. All the products listed below can be purchased from Amazon. 

Updated by Hanah Tetro