You've probably heard the old saying, "stop and smell the roses," right? Well, in addition to enjoying their sweet fragrance, we recommend incorporating them into your skin and hair care routines as well.
Wondering how? Here we'll be exploring the various rose water benefits for skin and hair.
What is Rose Water & Where Does It Come From?
An ingredient that has been used for centuries, rose water is a fragrant liquid created by distilling rose petals with steam. As reported by Dr. Tabasum Mir, a skincare physician in cosmetic dermatology, rose water's many skincare benefits make it ideal for all skin types and many different skin conditions.
Rosewater contains vitamins A, B3, C, and E and antioxidants that can help your skin and hair tremendously.
10 Rose Water Benefits For Skin & Hair
While rosewater boasts many benefits, from headache relief to mood improvement, here are ten ways it can help your skin and hair.
1. Helps Soothe Skin Irritation
"The most important skin benefits of rose water are its anti-inflammatory effects and its antioxidant effects on free radical damage," explains Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, a dermatologist in New York City. This means that products containing rose water can make a great addition to your skincare routine if you suffer from acne or rosacea. Apply rose water to a cotton pad and use it as a toner after cleansing to help with skin irritation.
Rose water-infused products are great for the hair and scalp, too. According to Healthline, rose water's anti-inflammatory properties may make it beneficial for certain scalp conditions like psoriasis and reduce dandruff.
2. Reduces Skin Redness
Have you experienced unwanted skin redness? Rosewater may be the answer. According to Dr. Ava Shamban, a board-certified dermatologist, "rosewater fights inflammation, helping to reduce redness and blotchiness."
In addition to improving your complexion by reducing redness, rose water can also help calm skin and reduce puffiness.
3. Helps Heal Wounds & Treat Infections
Rosewater has been known to heal scars, wounds, and cuts. It also has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can treat and prevent infections -- which is why it's often included in various natural and medicinal treatments.
4. Contains Antioxidants
Rose petals and rose oil contain potent antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. One study found that these antioxidants had potential lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects, providing powerful cell protection as a result.
5. Hydrates Skin
Rosewater packs a lot of hydration into the skin. Its antioxidant and antibacterial properties improve the skin's barrier and reduce transdermal water loss. At the same time, some people use it as a light makeup remover, great to get rid of powders and eyeshadows.
6. Acts As A Natural Toner
Rosewater is considered to be a natural toner, meaning that it can help smooth and prep the skin for additional skincare products like moisturizers and serums. Rosewater has a pH level of 5.5, meaning it can help resent your skin's levels and maintain its pH balance.
7. Anti-Aging Properties
Studies have shown that rosewater may have anti-aging properties. In addition to soothing skin irritation and reducing redness and puffiness, rose water may also reduce the appearance of wrinkles when applied topically.
8. It's a Mild Astringent
Rosewater is an all-natural yet mild astringent, so it can help prevent excess oil production on the scalp.
And, did you know that dandruff is a byproduct of oil overproduction? According to Byrdie, "an oily scalp environment can (counterintuitively) lead to dandruff and other hair issues caused by an unbalanced scalp" -- so using rose water to target scalp oiliness may help combat dandruff as well.
9. Helps Prevent Hair Loss
Let's talk about the rose water benefits for hair now. Since stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss, using rose water for aroma therapeutic stress reduction may help prevent hair loss and promote hair growth. Moreover, "the anti-inflammatory properties of rosewater can help promote a healthy scalp environment and reduce hair loss," says hair expert and certified Trichologist Gretchen Friese.
10. Smooths & Moisturizes Hair
Did you know that rose water can help hydrate your hair? Friese also says that people with curly or dry hair often use rose water to increase shine and fight frizz. It can be spritzed onto curly hair to add shine and tame frizz.
Mother Dirt Products Formulated with Rose Water
Rosewater can be a great beauty product to add to your skin care routine. It's a great essential oil for irritated skin and can do wonders for your hair. If you're interested in incorporating rose water into your skin and hair care routines, here are some Mother Dirt products that contain this beneficial ingredient.
Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser
Formulated with rosewater and prebiotic inulin (from chicory root), our Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser removes impurities without stripping your skin of its essential balance or damaging the skin barrier, leaving it nourished and refreshed. It also helps brighten, smooth, and even skin.
Postbiotic Hydrating Hair Wash
Our Postbiotic Hydrating Hair Wash contains rose water to nourish and refresh while squalene and smooth coconut hair and increase shine. This shampoo also uses a blend of mild, naturally-derived ingredients to clean dirt and oil without stripping your hair or scalp.
Postbiotic Hydrating Conditioner
Our Postbiotic Hydrating Conditioner is made with natural and naturally-derived ingredients (like rose water) to provide lightweight hydration and control frizz, in addition to making hair smooth, soft, and easy to detangle.
Ready to start reaping all of the fantastic benefits of rose water for your skin and hair? Check out Mother Dirt's rose water-infused products.