Roses have long been a symbol of beauty and love and have been used since the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans as a cosmetic product. They would use rose petals to perfume their baths and banquet halls and valued them highly. I remember picking them from my grandmother’s garden as a child to make perfumes but this beautiful flower also does wonders for your skin.
Rose can be bought in many forms it has been distilled, made into essential oils, rosehip seed oil and you can even by the dried rose petals to turn into your very own products. The antibacterial and antiviral properties Rose contains are regularly used to treat coughs, colds and even aid treatments of depression, but it is the effects it has on your skin that will make you see your rose bushes in a different light from now on.
Rose can be a beautiful deep red colour, but its anti-inflammatory properties reduces the redness of your skin and spots. It is very calming, so is wonderful for people suffering with eczema or rosacea to help soothe the skin.
Rose is rich in anti-oxidants. It has considerable amounts of vitamin C, which helps to protect your skin cells from getting damaged. This provides your skin with nourishment and acts as a defence against signs of aging and environmental pollutants.
Rose is a great ingredient to make your cleansers and masks from due to its antibacterial properties. It is great to help treat acne, as it kills the bacteria in the skin without drying or stripping and prevents the bacteria to spread and cause further breakouts.
There are natural oils and sugars found in rose that add natural moisture to your skin and lock in hydration. The sugars are wonderful to those with sensitive skin because they are calming and leave your skin soft and smooth.
Rose has been used as a holistic therapy to calm and relax your mind it is a popular ingredient used in Ayurvedic medicine to help to detoxify the body so every time you are using rose on your skin you know you are helping your bodies entire wellbeing.
One of my favourite ways to use rose is to distil rose petal and use the water as a toner. So often you buy toners that contain alcohol, which dry out your skin and cause breakouts or premature aging, but rose will naturally soften and tone with drying.
It is hard to pick my favourite rose petal face recipe but my mask combing rose and turmeric has got to be up there. It is a simple recipe to make and combining the rose with Turmeric is a Ayurvedic classic combination that sooths and brightens anyone’s skin.
Rose, Turmeric and Carrot seed exfoliating mask
10 small buds of dried or fresh rose petals soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes
1tsp of carrot seed ground up in pestle and mortar
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp manuka honey
1 tsp yoghurt
Drain the rose but keep the water and blend all ingredients together. Apply to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes then use the cool water to rub into the skin creating and exfoliator and massage for 2 minutes, remove gently with warm water.