Homemade Rose Water and DIY Skincare
There are over 150 distinct species of roses and there is more to that delicate flower than meets the eye. Roses have become even more popular as an ingredient in skincare and, as most may know, the rose is one of the most diverse flowers. Not only are they pleasing to the senses, but they are also beneficial in terms of healthy skin. Roses have served as a symbol of beauty for thousands of years and, rose water, in particular, is useful when it comes to beautifying the skin- here are a few that we found to be incredibly helpful:
. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities are tied healthier skin and helps to reduce acne and help in treating eczema and rosacea.
. If your skin’s acidity levels are not favorable, it can effect your skin’s ability to keep in moisture and increase it’s vulnerability to inflammation and infection. Rose water is slightly acidic and is an excellent match for the skin’s natural pH to help in supporting your skin’s healthy barrier.
. Hydrated skin is incredibly important but rose water naturally contains an abundance of moisture that boosts your skin for a healthier glow.
. Aromatherapy is key and the rose is known to have calming effects on the nervous system.
Rose water can be incorporated in a lot of different ways but the most common is as a toner for your skin due to its pH balancing properties. You can use it as a refreshing makeup setter at the beginning of your day or you can add it to your bath for some extra hydration and aromatherapy to help in relaxing at the end of your day.
Recipe for Homemade Rose water:
. Organic roses (about 7-8 stems)
. Distilled water (about 1.5-2 L)
. Step 1: remove petals from the stems and rinse them under lukewarm water.
. Step 2: add the petals to a larger-scaled pot and fill it with enough distilled water to just cover. If you put in too much, you can dilute the rosewater.
. Step 3: over a low heat, bring the water to a simmer and keep covered. Let simmer for about 20-30 minutes, until the petals lose their color.
. Step 4: strain the mixture and discard the petals, pour the rosewater in a glass jar for storage. Be sure to keep chilled.
Now that you have your rose water, you can use it as a key ingredient for a fragrant a refreshing facial. Mixing it with plain yogurt will help in tightening pores and adding a bit of baking soda to the mixture will add an exfoliant to draw out impurities and neutralize the skin, leaving it glowing.
Ingredients for Rose water Mask.
. ½ cup of rose water
. ¼ cup plain yogurt (not non-fat or low-fat)
. 1 tablespoon baking soda
. Step 1: Mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
. Step 2: gently massage into damp skin, all over face and neck while avoiding the eye area.
. Step 3: rise well and pat dry.
Since we have our rose water and we have our lovely mask, let’s finish it with a light, hydrating moisturizer that will keep your skin nourished and refreshed.
Recipe for Rose water Cream:
. 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or apricot oil
. ¾ tablespoon grated beeswax or candelilla wax
. 1 tablespoon rose water
. Step 1: using a double boiling method (glass bowl over pot of steaming water) combine the beeswax and oil, heating until the beeswax melts. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
. Step 2: Slowly stir in the rose water and make sure all ingredients are evenly mixed before storing in a reusable glass bottle.
With the easy and fresh rose water you've created, you can then turn it into a toner, a moisturizer and mask. Who doesn't love easy skincare? And with these recipes, you'll know exactly what goes into them so your skin can breathe easy.