The Beauty Benefits Of Rose Water And How To Use It In Your Routine

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Out of all the beautiful flowers in the world, the rose has always been a beauty favourite. And although your mind might first think of fragrance, rose water also provides plenty of benefits when it comes to skin care.

The ingredient can be used on its own or part of concoction. It can be found in cleansers, serums, spritzes and moisturisers of all sorts.

Not only does it sound and smell lovely, but there are plenty of rose water benefits ready for your skin to reap. Here is everything you need to know about it…

What is rose water?

Rose water is exactly as it sounds: rose petals and water. Most commonly, the rose petals are distilled in steam to create a mildly fragrant liquid. It was first produced by Persian chemist Avicenna in medieval times and is more traditionally known as a sweet and natural addition to tea and perfume.

And yes, in case you were wondering, you can make your own rose water. Two popular at-home methods are steaming and distilling, with the latter being the more time-consuming.

Alternatively, rose water can be found in most health food stores to use just as it is, as well as in beauty products (of course).

The benefits of rose water

Rose water was always destined to be used in beauty.

As a natural antibacterial, it can be used to help soothe all kinds of skin ailments, including eczema and redness. Some have even found success in using it to reduce acne.

Rose water also contains antioxidants, which can be useful in anti-ageing products for preventing and treating existing wrinkles.

But our favourite tid bit? A 2011 study using mice found that the extract of Damask rose petals can relax the central nervous system. Consequently, rose water can have a mood-boosting and calming effect. Delightful!

How to use it in your routine

#1 As a toner

Rose water makes a great toner, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties as well as vitamins A and C. It’s excellent for reducing puffiness, tightening pores, diminishing redness caused by large capillaries, and softening fine lines. To use, spritz it directly onto cleansed skin using a spray bottle, or gently wipe it across your face with a cotton pad.

Rose water toners to try

#2 To bring on sleep

Not a fan of lavender? Rose water makes an excellent calming replacement for the bedroom. Along with following our top natural tips for getting better sleep, take advantage of this soothing natural product by spritzing it onto your sheets and pillow covers. Then focus on emptying your mind and breathing deeply, enjoying the sweet floral scent as you drift off to dreamland.  

#3 Bliss out your bath

The restorative effect (and divine smell) of rose water makes it ideal for bathtime. It works to lock in moisture and can also help to stave off the skin-drying effect of hot water. You won’t need much – just add a capful to running water for the ultimate aromatherapy experience.

#4 Nourish your hair

Rose water is an antiseptic, which means it’s great for soothing scalp irritation and getting rid of dandruff. Use it either as a diluted rinse after shampooing or simply add it to your shampoo for a two-in-one effect. It’ll leave your hair shiny and smelling lovely and fresh.

Even easier? Try these rose water shampoos

#5 Set your makeup

Rose water feels amazing when spritzed on bare skin, but did you know it can also be used to set makeup? Keep it in a spray bottle on your vanity for a final flourish. Alternatively, DB Cosmetics Mist Me Setting Spray ($14.95 at contains a double-dose of rose water and aloe vera to promote soft skin as well as provide an invisible shield over the face to set makeup.

Do you know about these rose water benefits? Do you use it in your routine?

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  1. Just pure rosewater when i can get it from Turkish grocers. It feels soothing on just washed skin. But other than that, nothing else. It is just distilled water with some rose petals infusion in it.

  2. Rose water is life. Middle Easterns love it, we use it in refreshing summer drinks and in some desserts too. I use it as a Toner as well. But i am super keen to try it with my shampoo

  3. I used an e-gift voucher from Myer that I received at Christmas to purchase myself a Natio Rosewater gift set. I was so happy with the products that I bought some for my Mum as well. She loves the scent as much as I do.

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