Rose Water: Recipe and Skin Benefits

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What is Rose Water

Rose water is made by steeping or distilling rose petals in water. Rose water is used in beauty products, perfumes and also in cooking - especially in Middle Eastern recipes.

When I was in my teens and early 20's, the scent of roses in any skin care or beauty product turned me off. I assumed rose-scented products were only meant for women over the age of 50. How wrong I was. The smell of roses is such a beautiful, intoxicating scent that whispers femininity.

(That is, when it's real and not chemical. I still can't stand the fake rose fragrance oil smells.) Now I look for rose products because I love the sweet simplicity of the scent.

More and more people looking to get back to the basics when it comes to their skin care products. People are starting to use oils to cleanse and moisturize the body. 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 to it 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 great product to use for instance after shaving in order to soothe skin.

  It won't dry out your skin so it's also beneficial for those with dry skin, too. 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.

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 oil 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 into 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 used to set your make-up.  You can also use 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.  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