Stop and Smell These 10 Rose Water Benefits For Skin & Hair

Jenna Jolls

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 what rose water is, where it comes from and the many benefits it offers.

What is Rose Water & Where Does It Come From?

An ingredient that has been used for centuries, rose water is a fragrant liquid that is 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.

10 Rose Water Benefits For Skin & Hair

While rose water boasts many benefits, from headache relief to mood improvement, here are 10 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.

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 dandruff.

  1. Reduces Skin Redness

Have you experienced unwanted skin redness? Rose water 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.

  1. Helps Heal Wounds & Treat Infections

Rose water 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.

  1. Contains Antioxidants

Rose petals and rose oil contain powerful 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.

  1. Hydrates Skin

Rose water packs a lot of hydration into the skin. Its antioxidant and antibacterial properties improve the skin’s barrier and reduce transdermal water loss.

  1. Acts As A Natural Toner

Rose water 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.

  1. Anti-Aging Properties

Studies have shown that rose water may actually 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.

  1. It’s a Mild Astringent

Rose water 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 actually 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 actually help combat dandruff as well. 

  1. Helps Prevent Hair Loss

Since stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss, using rose water for aromatherapeutic stress-reduction may help prevent hair loss. Research shows that rose oil, which is found in rose water, can help heal depression, grief, nervous stress, and tension.

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.

  1. 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.

Mother Dirt Products Formulated with Rose Water

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.

Probiotic Foaming Cleanser

Formulated with rose water and prebiotic inulin (from chicory root), our Probiotic 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.

Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash

Our Probiotic Hydrating Hair Wash contains rose water to nourish and refresh while squalane and coconut smooth hair and increase shine. It also uses a blend of mild, naturally-derived ingredients to clean dirt and oil without stripping your hair or scalp.

Probiotic Hydrating Conditioner

Our Probiotic 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 amazing benefits of rose water for your skin and hair? Check out Mother Dirt’s rose water-infused products.


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