Rose water is used in food, and Middle Eastern cuisine, in religious rituals and in cosmetics.
Rose Water (also referred to as a rose hydrosol, rose floral water or rose distillate) is the by-product of steam distillation, a process used to isolate the plant’s essential oil. The rose water is collected, after the essential oil is drawn off.
In ancient Egypt, rose water had been used by women to help tighten the pores and reduce wrinkles. In India, women use that water to spritz onto the face for fragrance and to moisturize the skin. Rose water is used as a daily facial toner by Iranian women.
The rosa damascena species, which is one of the most common varieties found in perfume, cosmetics, and skincare products, is said to have originated in the Middle East in Iran (known then as Persia) and is also where steam distillation of rose petals was first discovered and developed.
It contains antioxidants that help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissue. It is often used as an astringent after facials to close pores and tighten capillaries.
The Benefits of Rose Water Address Common Beauty Concerns
- Sensitive and sun-exposed skin – It has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritated skin and reduce redness.
- Blotchy and Discolored Skin – Rosewater helps reduce skin blotchiness and evens out skin tone.
- Mature skin – It decreases damage to skin’s elastin fibers and it is believed that it may also help reduce or delay wrinkle formation.
- Dry skin – Rose water is a good moisturizer that treats dry skin (which is also a problem for aging skin. Excessive dryness can also lead to wrinkling and fine lines.
- Oily skin – It also has anti-bacterial properties, making it a good skin cleanser for removing oil and dirt that can result in clogged pores and, therefore, preventing acne and blemishes.
- Problem skin – Rosewater helps maintain the skin’s natural pH, which helps regulate skin that is prone to conditions like rosacea and eczema.
Buying and Using Rose Water
You can make rose water yourself or purchase extract from health stores. You can purchase fresh roses from the florist, but it’s ideal if you have a rose bush or garden from which to pick fresh roses. The only problem with purchasing from a florist is that pesticides might have been used.
If you do use roses from a florist, rinse off the petals with cold water.