With Valentine’s day just around the corner, roses are soon to be in abundance! Considered to be the most famous flower around the world, it dazzles with its beauty and aroma. There is more to this stunning bloom than meets the eye – it also contains powerful skincare benefits.
Red roses are believed to have originated from Persia, where a heart-moving tale is told of how it got its color: A nightingale loved the white rose so much that when it tightly grasped the rose, its thorns pierced her breast and the rose was dyed red with the spilling blood.
Rose oil, the essential oil extracted from rose petals, is known for its ability to soothe and re-balance dry or sensitive skin types, counteracting redness for a calmer, more even-toned complexion. Skincare imbued with rose oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, tackling irritated, red and micro-damaged skin by nourishing cells and flooding them with moisture. If you suffer from rosacea, the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of rose water and oil can help ease your flare-ups.
Organic roses are suitable for all skin types and offer amazing skin moisturizing properties for dry and sensitive skin. The natural oils in rose petals trap moisture into skin cells, hydrating and moisturizing them. Rose petals are rich in vitamin C and other anti-oxidants. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and strengthens skin cells and tissue. This enables blemishes and acne scars to heal faster.
Rose otto oil is particularly beneficial for dry or mature skin. It’s been dubbed the “feminine oil”, as it seemingly helps balance hormones and alleviate the symptoms associated with these imbalances. It’s a beautiful ingredient to turn to during that *time of the month*. The rose hip, that’s the fruit of the flower, contains Vitamins A, B3, C, D and E, as well as essential fatty acids – these essential fatty acids quickly absorb into the skin and aid with tissue regeneration. Rose hip oil contains trans-retinoic acid which assists skin regeneration and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Have a vase of roses on the turn? After plucking the petals off of your wilting bouquet, mix them into a small pot of water and let simmer until the color of the petals turn completely white. As the water cools down, you can hover over it to let the steam breathe into your pores. You can also deposit the remaining water into a clear plastic dispenser for splashing onto your skin whenever you need a refreshing pick-me-up.