Roses are beautiful, and some have an over-the-top gorgeous fragrance, but they can do much more than just beautify a room and fill a vase. In fact, they have the ability to improve the look and feel of your skin!
There's a reason that various elements of roses - essential oils and crushed petals, for example - have become popular ingredients in skincare products sold in stores across the country. The thing is, some say that this isn't new, that Cleopatra even used roses in baths and other items long ago.
Skincare products that are infused with roses, or include rose essential oil, or rosehip oil can raise your spirits with their scent, but they can do more than just smell beautiful. A 2012 article in the New York Times highlighted scientific studies that showed the high concentration of Vitamin C and antioxidants in various parts of the rose.
Vitamin C plays a role in cell protection and combating inflammation, but the article quoted Dr. Dendy Engelman, director of dermatologic surgery at New York Medical College, as being a bit skeptical. She calls for more research. Japanese studies were noted in the article as well, showing that rose extracts can help to improve collagen and elastin.
How to Use Roses in Beauty Routines
There are several ways you can include roses in your daily beauty rituals. Roses have many vitamins that are vital to healthy skin, including A, B3, and C. Rose essential oil has been used to help with insomnia, relaxation, and can even help to fight off issues of chronic illness when ingested in rosewater.
Rose essential oil is said to have antibacterial properties and may be helpful in reducing the appearance of (and improving the healing of) various skin conditions including acne, and scarring. It reportedly helps to improve the texture of the skin as well.
Some say that the moisture in rose petals can help to improve the levels of moisture in your skin, and that's part of why this is a popular item to use as a mask, or as an ingredient in a facial mask or treatment. Rosehip oil comes from the small buds that sit just behind the flower itself, and can be used to keep age spots from showing up too visibly. Rosehip oil naturally contains retinol and quite a bit of Vitamin C. For these reasons, rosehip oil is often included in anti-aging products, sunscreens and other facial care items.
After the distillation process, rosewater is often used in toner products that can help to balance the skin and control acne breakouts.
Including this particular flower in your daily routine can lead to improvements in mood, and when you use cosmetics with rose as an ingredient, they can even improve the look and feel of your skin, according to several articles.
If you're looking to enhance your skincare routine with rose-infused products, there's no reason not to. With a little research, you're sure to find a skincare product to suit your needs and raise your mood.