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Rose water is one of those little acne fighting secrets that not too many people know about.
Seems like an unusual ingredient to fight acne, doesn’t it? Aren’t roses meant for fancy perfumes and romantic baths? Surprise! You can use this sweet smelling flower in your holistic beauty routine too!
Cleopatra herself (probably one of the most beautiful women in history) used it as a facial toner and overall beauty remedy. And rose water has beauty benefits, even when we eat it. It’s been used in Eastern cooking for centuries, originating in Greece and Persia, and commonly used in countries like China, Turkey, Morocco and India. OMG I have the best gulab jamun in rose water syrup recipe in one of my cookbooks!
Believe it or not, you can even make your own, cost efficient, rose water at home. Basically all you’ve got to do is steep some rose petals in water. Doesn’t get much more natural than that! I’ll take you through the very easy steps to do this below, along with an acne fighting DIY beauty recipe and refreshing drink recipe for the foodies out there.
The Awesome Benefits Of Rose Water
Its lovely odour is reason enough to start slathering rose water on your face, but it will also help to hydrate and lightly moisturize your skin, which is actually really important for clearing your skin of acne.
Rose water is also super nourishing, being rich in antioxidants1 and other nutrients essential for healthy clear skin:
- Vitamin A: Promoting growth and healing, vitamin A encourages cell renewal. Think scrubbing off pore clogging dead skin cells, to reveal the fresh new cells underneath.
- Vitamin C: Reduces skin redness, inflammation and irritations such as acne, and is required for collagen formation and repair. Collagen is crucial for repairing the damage done by scars, as well as maintaining skin integrity to fend off pore clogging toxins.
- Vitamin D: Promotes healing and tissue repair, which is great for skin damage such as scarring.
- Vitamin E: An anti-inflammatory nutrient that also helps reduce scarring through enhanced healing and tissue repair.
- Vitamin B3: All B vitamins are important for skin cell renewal, and B3 in particular increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, meaning more nutrients there to fight off acne promoting bacteria and toxins.
The pH balance of our skin is so important for clear skin, and rose water helps out with that! It also soothes and cools inflammation2, which is something I know I used to crave when I had acne flare ups. Rose water’s astringent properties are another plus for helping tighten up pores.
So with all these clear skin benefits, what are we waiting for??? Let’s get some rose water in our lives!
How To Make Rose Water
It’s not as complicated as it seems. Really.
I’ve outlined the simple steps for making your own rose water at home, but if you’re like “Ain’t nobody got no time for that!”, no worries. There are a ton of quality rose water products out there that you can buy, and I’ve recommended a few below under Shopping Hacks.
So here’s what you need for a DIY rose water (make about ½ cup):
- A handful of fresh or dried organic red rose petals (about 1 rose worth)
- Filtered water
And here’s what you do:
- If you have a fresh rose, remove the petals from the stem and rinse them with some water
- Place the petals in a small cooking pot with just enough filtered water to cover them
- Bring to a simmer over low/medium heat
- Cover the pot and allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes (keep an eye on it – you’ll know it’s done when the petals have lost their colour and turn a pale pink)
- Using a strainer to pull out the petals (which can then be discarded), pour the water into a jar or bottle
- Your DIY rose water can be stored in the fridge for about 2 weeks
How To Use Rose Water
Put It In Your Food So You Can Eat It
Rose water can add some serious nom nom to your food. The trick is to use it sparingly – a little goes a very long way.
It has been traditionally used in goodies such as baklava and rice pudding. It can also be found infused into things like olive oil and honey.
Impress your friends by adding this unique and fragrant ingredient to your own kitchen creations! Epicurus has some great cooking tips and rose water recipes you should check out.
Rose water can easily be substituted for vanilla or almond extract, frozen into ice cubes, sprinkled onto a bowl of fruit (strawberries are an especially great pairing), or added to smoothies, sorbet, plain yogurt, plain water, salad dressing, tea or cocktails. OK now I’m totally inspired to have a rose themed tea party!
Here’s a refreshing rose water infused drink recipe you can try at home:
Refreshing Rose Water Drink Recipe
- 3-4 crushed anise seeds
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 3-4 tablespoons rose water
- 4 cups filtered water
Bring crushed anise seeds and ¼ cup of the filtered water to a simmer in a small pot. Let it simmer for only a couple of minutes, then turn off the heat and let it cool.
Combine the remaining 3 ¾ cups water, lemon juice and rose water in a pitcher or large jar.
Strain the anise seeds out of the small pot and add the water to the pitcher/jar as well.
Chill in the fridge and/or add some ice cubes.
Put It In Your Beauty Products So You Can Be Beautiful
If eating rose water isn’t your thang, or you love it so much you want more of it in your life, try adding it to your beauty routine.
Applying rose water directly to the skin is the most efficient way to get all of its nourishing superpowers working on your skin right away. A few drops can be added to your usual moisturizer, or it can be mixed with equal parts water and used as a facial spray (so great on those hot summer days!)
My all-time fave DIY rose water beauty product though, is the toner recipe below. I’ve been using this for I can’t remember how long (it’s been THAT long), but I keep a stash of rose water in my fridge for just this purpose.
DIY Rose Water Toner Recipe
- 3 tablespoons filtered water
- 3 tablespoons rose water
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
Simply combine all the ingredients in a bottle and shake to combine.
Apply a thin layer of the toner to skin with a cotton makeup pad or ball (organic, if you’re an environment nerd like me). It’s best used after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Besides using it in facial products to clear up acne, there’s a ton of other fun ways to incorporate rose water into your beauty routine:
- Add some to your bath water
- Spray it on hair to de-frizz
- Use it as a hair rinse after shampooing
- Apply it as a perfume or body spray
- It’s an effective eye makeup remover, when combined with an equal amount of jojoba, coconut or olive oil
Rose Water Shopping Hacks
When shopping for rose water, ensure it’s 100% pure (and in turn edible!) Some products have added synthetics and chemicals that are not safe for consumption or use on your skin (toxins = clogged pores). Some also contain alcohol, which is very drying to the skin. The only ingredients should be water and roses, preferably organic. You might even see some small rose particles floating around. Bonus points if the brand actually states in writing that they use no preservatives, pesticides or fertilizers.
The products most likely to be pure rose water are those labelled “rose distillate” and “rose hydrolat”. Both terms indicate that authentic, traditional and pure distillation was used. Anything labelled “rose hydrosol” could potentially mean that rose essential oil was added to water, which is not pure and not safe for consumption – you’ll want to confirm how this rose water was produced before purchasing. And “rose flower water”, “floral water” and “rose flower extract” are most likely synthetic, contain lots of additives and not made with real roses. “Scent of rose” on the ingredient label is another red flag.
And remember, no preservatives means that its shelf life is a bit limited, and should be used within a few months, max.
An easy quality test is to smell the rose water. It seems obvious, but I’ll say it anyway: it should smell exactly like a bouquet of fresh, fragrant roses.
You’ll find rose water in health food stores, Middle Eastern specialty shops or the health food section of larger grocery chains.
Similar rules apply if you’re shopping for fresh roses to make your own DIY water. They should look and smell fresh, so you know that their nutrient content is at its peak (all these nutrients will be soaked up by your skin). Organic is really ideal as well, since conventional roses are heavily sprayed with chemicals.
Here are some great brands if you like shopping the lazy (aka: online) like any sane person would:
- Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water
- Pretty Triple Rose Floral Water
- Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater
- Anointment Natural Skin Care Rose Toner
- Crawford Street Rose Geranium Toner
Try these high quality rose water brands for beautiful clear skin #greenbeauty #skincare Click To TweetHave you used rose water in your beauty routine? Or maybe you’ve got some culinary uses for it? Share your own rose water secrets with us in the comments below!
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