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Sunday 24 February 2013


For the past few decades, beauty products containing even the merest hint of rose have been seen as old-fashioned. But that is all changing as science proves what the Romans and Indians knew more than a 1,000 years back: rose water is packed with skin soothing and complexion perfecting ingredients, like Vitamin C and polyphenols, which can erase fine lines, boost collagen and promote healthier hair. Among a host of other beauty benefits. As Geraldine Howard, co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates, puts it: “It may not be the new, whizzy ingredient, but it is one steeped in heritage and really does deliver results on so many levels.”

And while every brand worth its “natural” creds is calling upon rose water for everything from moisturizers and lip balms to foundations and powders, one of the most potent beauty benefits of this wonder ingredient lies in its very simplicity. And sometimes a bottle of pure rose water and some cotton puffs are just enough.

Rose water is well known for its soothing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. It is also naturally clarifying and reduces redness – all of which make it terrific for acne sufferers. Additionally, its toning properties help balance skin and clear blocked pores. To use, moisten a cotton ball with rose water and swipe over clean skin before moisturizing.

Pure rose water can reduce inflammation, soften the complexion and hydrate cell tissues, making it ideal for dry or sensitive skin. It can also soothe dermatitis, eczema, bruises, heat rash and burns. According to dermatologists, regular use has even been shown to strengthen vein walls and heal tiny spider capillaries. Use as above!

Mix 2 tablespoons of rose water with 3-4 drops of rose essential oil to create a solution that is a rich source of collagen-boosting Vitamin A, soothing Vitamin E and the essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic (omega 3) and linoleic (omega 6) to lighten sun spots and hydrate the skin. Pour a small amount on a cotton ball and swipe over entire face after cleansing.

Rose hip seeds – especially that of the rosa canina species – are 8 times higher in Vitamin C than oranges, making rose water made from this species a potent antioxidant. Besides this, it increases elasticity so is ideal for fending off wrinkles, while deeply nourishing the skin, leaving the complexion hydrated and radiant.

Rose water is anti-inflammatory and soothing – perfect for helping relax and de-stress the eyes. Banish dark circles by placing rosewater-soaked cotton balls on the under eye area for a few minutes.

Add a cap-ful of rose water to your shampoo. Not only will this help hair growth, its antiseptic qualities also soothe an irritated scalp, getting rid of dryness and dandruff. Plus, the delicate scent will make your hair smell lovely.

Used by aromatherapists as an antidepressant, sedative and even an aphrodisiac, you can be sure that a rose water-infused bath will work a charm. Simply tip a few cap-fulls in a warm bath to lift the spirits and calm nervous tension, instability or depression.

Soak a clean cotton cloth in rose water and pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours. Spread it over stinging skin after a Brazilian or basic wax for immediate relief.

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