Why the Time-Honored Rose is Nature’s Perfect Skincare Ingredient
The delicate Rose. The Rose brings to mind the aromas of sensuality, romance and beauty. Cleopatra bathed in Roses, Shakespeare wrote about Roses, Edith Piaf sang about them. One of the most sought after scent for centuries, this tantalizing flower still remains exotic and with much allure. With several great properties that are wonderful for your skin as well as for the mind, Rose has been incorporated in skincare, medicines and therapeutic treatments by many ancient cultures and for good reason.
The oil from the steam distillation of Rose petals, the pressed oil extracted from the Rosehip seeds and the hydrosol left from the steam distillation of pure fresh Rose petals all carry precious benefits. Abundant in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids (EFAs) both Omega-3 and Omega-6, which rejuvenates the skin in numerous ways. The fruit of the Rose hip is an excellent source of Trans-retinoic acid (which is an active form of Vitamin A) as well as Vitamin C.
Requiring about 60,000 Rose blossoms to yield 1 ounce of Rose essential oil, it makes it one of the most expensive essential oils out there. Fortunately, only a few drops of the oil is all that is needed to reap the benefits, which is why it was important to share why and how it can transform your beauty routine.
Rose hydrosol helps achieve a clear and balanced complexion. It has antibacterial properties and soothes acne prone skin while helping balance the skin’s pH. In addition, it is a natural astringent and aids in tightening pores without drying the skin.
The Rose has been lauded for its remarkable anti-aging and skin rejuvenating properties. It works to minimize wrinkles, lighten age spots and keep skin firm. Rose Hip Seed Oil increases the skin’s elasticity by preventing the breakdown of collagen and thus preventing the progression of new wrinkles. By increasing circulation, it is responsible in attaining a radiant and glowing skin tone.
Hydrating and moisturizing, both Rose oil and hydrosol can help leave the skin soft and smooth. The EFA’s found in Rose enhances the ability of the outermost dermal layer to be able to perform better as a barrier to bacteria, irritants and allergens. As a result it reduces the water loss in the skin, moisturizes, hydrates and protects. For an all over skin softening and divine experience, you can include one to two cups of Rose Hydrosol to the bath and it will leave your skin hydrated and smelling great.
Scar Treatment and Hyperpigmentation:
Both the EFA’s and Vitamin A found in the Rose Hip Seed work together to help reduce scarring, hyperpigmentation and promote skin regeneration resulting in improved skin texture and tone. EFA’s are emollients, which improve skin flexibility and permeability, and repair skin.
The UV rays of the sun damage skin and cause photo-aging which can result in spots, wrinkles decreased collagen or discoloration. The combination of properties in the Rose Hip Seed seems to combat the damage, resulting in improvement of skin tone, texture and pigmentation. Studies have shown that topically applying Rose Hip Seed oil to the skin daily can provide you with visible results in damaged skin.
Rose can help reduce inflammation and redness. The sugars in Rose petals especially benefit those with sensitive skin such as rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. It is also helpful for speeding up the healing process.
Rose Hydrosol has been used since ancient times to cool and clean the eyes. It helps to reduce puffiness and dark under eye circles. Also, it is beneficial in clearing up eye irritations. By soaking cotton pads in Rose Hydrosol, instant relief can be achieved while leaving you feeling invigorated.
Rose hydrosol can keep the scalp cool and fresh. It rejuvenates the scalp and lessens dandruff symptoms. To treat damaged hair, Rose hydrosol can act as a wonderful hair conditioner, repairing and leaving your hair free of split ends and dry, frizzy hair.
As an added bonus, the Rose has some extraordinary aromatherapy properties that help uplift and calm the senses. It is used to treat depression, reduce anxiety, and relieve migraine headaches. In fact, studies show that inhaling it lowers the cortisol levels in the body. It is great to incorporate a few drops into your facial massage routine, massage into your body or inhale the floral scent to boost circulation, banish stress and lift spirits.
The healing properties of the tantalizing Rose is truly profound. The evocative nature of the Rose while providing tangible results in treatments is the perfect reason to find ways to integrate this ingredient into your daily routine. The Rose in skin care is both beauty and brawn, luxurious and functional- a harmonious blend sure to keep its use timeless.
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