I recently had a run in with some old, bad, sunscreen and looked like the most ripest tomato ever! (Sidenote, go grab your pool/beach bag and check your sunscreen expiration dates… maybe also start writing on them when you purchased them too!) It’s funny how two hours at the pool and ridiculously pale skin don’t mix. Not funny… painful.
Watch my Facebook Live and see how red I was! OUCH! TOMATO!
So, in looking for some remedies to make my skin less red and relieve some pain, hating how aloe makes me feel nasty, I remembered that I had some fabulous Rosewater in my makeup trunk — Rosewater is like the windex of the makeup world (shoutout to My Big Fat Greek Wedding). It is suitable for all skin types whether you have dry or oily skin. Rose water has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties that keep your skin problem free and moreover, it’s gentle on skin. **Please note, that while this is my preferred treatment for many ailments, this post, and rosewater itself are not to take the place of medical advice from a healthcare professional**
THE BENEFITS OF ROSE WATER
Rose water is essentially a byproduct of rose essential oil making. When the roses are being distilled for their oils, it’s the water that is left behind. This water is called rose hydrosol, rose floral water, or rose water. The best rose hydrosols don’t actually come from making rose essential oil though, those come from distillers who are actually making rose hydrosol, not the “byproduct” produced from making rose essential oil.
But don’t let the word “byproduct” scare you off! Rose water, whether it’s a byproduct or made intentionally, is fantastic for healing tired thirsty skin and is suitable for all skin types.
If you’re hooked already, you can snag some for yourself right here.
Here’s a list of everything that rosewater can do!
1. Rosewater helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, and also controls excess oil.
2. “Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores“, says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, Skincare Expert.
3. Rose water helps hydrate, revitalise and moisturise the skin giving it with that refreshed look.
4. Due to its antibacterial properties, rose water also aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds.
5. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.
6. Due to the astringent like properties it possesses, rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness.
7. The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. It rids you of feelings of anxiety and promotes emotional well-being, thereby making you feel more relaxed.
8. The nourishing and moisturising properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair. It is known to treat mild scalp inflammations and get rid of dandruff. Rosewater works wonders as a natural conditioner and revitalises hair growth.
9. The scent of rose water on your pillow also helps you sleep better after a long day, making you wake up refreshed.
10. It also helps aging skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
11. Use it as a setting spray to keep your makeup in place all day.
12. Heals sunburn, bug bites, and rashes especially when steeped in apple cider vinegar,
then applied to the area.
13. Relieves PMS symptoms, menopausal symptoms, and gently balances hormones by reducing stress and anxiety (use as a body mist as needed)
OR if you’d like to make your own, although this isn’t a hydrosol method, this rose water will still have all the benefits you need for healthy glowing skin.
You will need:
- 1 cup of rose petals ( about 2 roses)
- Vitamin E oil (optional)
- Spray bottle
- Rinse rose petals thoroughly with water to clean it, bruise or tear petals, then place the cleaned rose petals in a bowl.
- Fill the bowl with water ( bottled or distilled water) just enough to cover the petals.
- Cover the lid and simmer on very low flame.
- Allow it to steam until the petals have lost its color.
- Store the water in a container and refrigerate.
For added benefits add a few drops of vitamin E/organic vegetable glycerin oil to the rose-water. Vitamin E helps to protect the skin, keeping it soft and youthful. Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it pulls moisture from the air and helps hydrate skin. Snag some here.
I also saw some pictures of people putting their petals in 2 cups of distilled water in MASON JARS! YASSS. And making them a la ‘Sun Tea’ Method. (pop those bad boys in a sunny window and let the process happen) If you try this I would monitor them daily, and make sure no mold grows. It does seem like a valid method, though I could not find any actual ‘recipes’ for this route.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of Tip Tuesday! I’ll always be carrying some Rosewater around with me from now on, and probably, you will be too! Stay tuned to my social medias — @sydneydelucchi — for updates on my sunburn and how the Rosewater is helping.
5 days to get rid of my HORRIBLE bad, WORST sunburn ever with minimal peeling, and zero discoloration splotches. Rosewater for the win! Bonus: my skin is SO soft after this fiasco.
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