Ingredient Of The Week: Rose Water
Rose - The flower for love and beauty
Across our travels to India (where our story began), we often stayed in home stays and in every bathroom, there were bottles of Rose Water among other different lotions and oils. Why? Rose water has plenty of benefits and can be considered as beauty’s “magic potion”. It is also remarkably versatile. Whether you have a dry or oily skin, adding rose water to your beauty regime will do wonders on your skin. It is a beauty secret for women all over the world and not just India.
The use of rose water begin in ancient times when Cleopatra used the rose water in her skincare routine. She used it for its beautifying qualities, regularly bathing her face and body with authentic rose water, regarding it as her beauty secret.
The rose flower is associated with love as well as beauty, and even Shakespeare writes about Cleopatra's affinity towards rose water, that her cedarwood ships were scented with rose water, writing "the very winds were lovesick". Rose flowers are also an attribute of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty (Aphrodite in ancient Greece).
So how can rose water benefit your beauty regime?
The benefits of rose water on the skin include:
- It has anti-inflammatory properties
Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties which are useful in reducing the redness of irritated skin, acne, dermatitis and even eczema. Furthermore, it is a great gentle cleanser and helps remove oil and dirt which accumulate in clogged pores. Consequently, it gives your pores freedom to breathe.
- It is a natural moisturiser
Rose water is in itself a water product which means it has a high water percentage. It is produced by the steam distillation of thousands of fresh rose petals, which result in rose hydrolat/rose flower water. Therefore, it helps to hydrate and moisturise the skin. In addition, it helps the skin maintain its moisture, revitalizing it and giving it a refreshed look.
- It contains antibacterial properties
Our skin is vulnerable to cuts, bruises and wounds with some leaving nasty scars upon healing. Sometimes, the wounds take time to heal due to low immunity or many other factors. Fortunately, rose water aids in healing wounds and cuts.
- It has antioxidant properties
Rose water has a significant amount of antioxidant components. These components help rose water in strengthening skin cells and regenerating skin tissues. As a result, the skin is always looking radiant and youthful.
- It has astringent-like properties
Rose water possesses astringent like properties. This mean that it helps to clean the pores and tone the skin whilst maintaining the pH balance. Furthermore, applying rose water after a steam bath tightens the capillaries and reduces redness and blotchiness.
- It has anti-aging properties
Rose water helps lessen the signs of ageing by stimulating the regeneration process and promoting healthy and elastic skin, resulting in fewer lines and wrinkles.
- It maintains the skin’s pH
PH imbalances in the skin can cause skin conditions. Rose water rectifies the situation by maintaining the pH balance of the skin. In addition, it also controls excess oil. So it is ideal for women with very oily skin as well as dry skin types.
Interested in natural and clean beauty? Take a tip from the Cleopatra and begin using rose water on your skin. One of our products at www.madebycoopers.com is Rose Divine mist, which is a hydrating face mist with calming and balancing effects. Rose Divine is a vegan beauty product witch the main ingredient being Bulgarian rose water. It ensures that your skin is hydrated and soothed. It is perfect for dry, tired and mature skin.
We source our Rose water from ‘Rose Valley’ in Bulgaria as it’s the best in the world. Bulgarian Rosa Damascena Rose has been cultivated and well-known as the best oil-bearing rose renowned worldwide for more than 330 years. Bulgarian Rosa Damascena organically grown in ‘Rose Valley’ have the most health and beauty benefits because the ‘Rose Valley’ in Bulgaria has the most suitable climate and soil to cultivate the roses; favourable temperatures, amount of sunlight, frequency of rain, presence of specific natural magnetic fields.
Rose also offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional and psychological state of mind and the scent is considered to have aphrodisiac qualities, it’s no wonder is the flower of love.
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