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It’s overwhelming when our loved ones give us our favorite flowers to express their feelings, whether may it be their love or gratitude, it is undeniably without a doubt that receiving flowers makes us happy. But do you know that some flowers offer plenty of benefits, especially to our skin and well-being? Let me introduce you, the favorite of all times – Roses. As the most popular flower in the world, it also has a beautiful meaning and with their unique combination of thorny stems and fragrant blossoms, are often described as a symbol of achievement, completion, and perfection. But do you know that roses have a lot of benefits especially to your skin? Yes, you read it right, and that is rose water.
Rosewater is known to have started thousands of years ago in ancient Persia. It is believed that Avicenna, a Persian physician, and alchemist who lived during the 10th century pioneered refining it and helps it become profitable between empires. The best roses to make rose water is Rosa canina (wild rose, also known as dog rose), Rosa damascena (damask rose), Rosa centifolia (cabbage rose), and Rosa gallica (french rose). These are all edible and make a great benefit not only to our skin but also to our health! That is why Kings, Queens, and other Historical figures loved to use it, and has proven to be a wellness elixir for centuries.
Here are the varieties of ways to use rose water for that glowing skin and your well-being
Rosewater as your toner
When it comes to the skincare routine, rose water is one of the highly recommended toner ingredients to use. It’s perfect for hydrating and has a nourishing agent for your skin while maintaining your pH balance. According to the experts, regular use of rose water will keep your skin free from extra oil and help prevent problems like acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and also pimples. Using rose water as a toner is better than using chemical-based toners as it has a tendency to dry out your skin.
Rosewater helps keep your skin young-looking
Rosewater can act as a pore cleanser and has an anti-aging effect and contains antioxidants – vital in combating damages from the free radicals. Still not convinced why free radicals bring no good to your skin? Well then, take a look at this study published in the year 2016 that free radicals are the culprit to all skin inflammation, resulting in blocked pores and pimples. Rosewater is indeed one of the powerhouse skin care products that you should have in your usual day-to-day skincare routine. Rosewater antioxidant properties can regenerate the skin. It helps your damaged skin – keeping fine lines, wrinkles, and acne at bay. Vital in keeping your skin young-looking.
Rosewater as your natural makeup remover
Finding a makeup remover that suits your skin type can be time-consuming – especially most of the makeup removers contain alcohol and harsh chemicals which can dry out the skin excessively, and it might not be suitable for those who have sensitive skin. The soothing properties of rose water make it a gentle makeup remover for all skin types. When mixed with natural oil, it can dissolve most of the makeup without being harsh on the skin. The skin will feel fresh and hydrated and the sweet fragrance of the rose is an added advantage. Rosewater can also be your face mist for some hydration and leave freshness to your skin throughout the day.
Rosewater controls excess sebum, keeping acne at bay
Bet you would all agree that excess oil in the face is indeed a no-no! You might as well be dealing with the dilemma of getting rid of it without compromising or dehydrating your face. The good thing is, rose water serves as the best middle ground for your skin concern. It has moisturizing properties and also has the ability to reduce the production of excess oils. On the other note, This study published in the year 2010 concluded that the rose water has anti-bacterial properties capable of killing Propionibacterium acnes – a bacterium linked to acne.
Rosewater to soothe tired eyes and reduce swelling
Rosewater can also help when it comes to eye care. Nowadays, many of us working online or have more time on mobile gadgets, and it can affect our eyes because of radiation. And some of us already have computer eyestrain, eye allergies – rose water is the best remedy to treat your eye. Rosewater has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help ease symptoms of inflammatory eye disorders like conjunctivitis.
This can also help to prevent cataracts, using rose water in the early stages of cataracts may reduce eye blurriness and dryness. One possible cause of a cataract is intraocular inflammation, so regularly applying rose water to your eyes may prevent a cataract from forming.
Rosewater for your existing skin conditions
Rosewater may be your go-to ingredient for skin issues such as skin redness, irritation, it can also heal cuts, scars, and burns. Rosewater has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help wounds heal faster. shows that these properties can help to clean and fight infection of cuts and burns. Because of this, rose water is often included in a variety of natural and medicinal treatments.
There’s also a study about rose water’s anti-inflammatory properties that may also help to ease the irritation of rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by facial redness, visible blood vessels, and red bumps that are often filled with purulent. And rosewater is of big help because it has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms of rosacea. So, rose water has indeed a great benefit, not only to our skin but also to our well-being.
For your well-being, rose water could be of big help to your sleeping problem
Having a hard time sleeping at times? Been rolling in your bed plenty of times? Rosewater can help you as well. Rosewater has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties. Rosewater has a hypnotic effect like that of the pharmaceutical drug diazepam. And it can also treat several mental health conditions including depression, grief, stress, and tension. Also, the fumes of rose water are inhaled to help improve mood, it is believed that the de-stressing effects can also help treat headaches and migraines.
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