Who doesn't love Roses?! They really are such beautiful flowers coming in so many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles.....just like women. Roses can capture a moment perfectly or brighten a mood. Roses have many different meanings from showing love or friendship to showing gratitude or sparking passion. It wouldn't be a bad habit to learn all the meanings behind the magnificent Rose.
Roses can also be incredibly beneficial to your skin and we think incorporating Rose into your skin care routine is another habit worth having.
A Rose by any other name.....
Ok so there are many different types of Roses, 37 and counting, so we won't be getting into all of them here. Therefore for the purpose of today we'll just be referencing the benefits of Rosa Centifolia and Rosa Damascena, which are the ones that are used for skin care products and that you should look to for your DIY creations.
Rosa Centifolia- is a hybrid also known as Cabbage Rose, Provence Rose, or Rose de Mai. Usually pink less white to dark purple. Known to be particular to Grasse (French city) which is said to be the perfume capital of the world. Its oil is mostly used for perfumes but also have great skin care benefits.
Rosa Damascena- also a hybrid known as Rose Otto or Rose Absolute and highly fragrant. Usually light to moderate pink to light red. It's said to have originated in Persia and used mostly in Perfumery, cooking, and skin care.
It takes 10,000 Rose Blossoms, as their unfolding, to make just one ounce of Essentil Oil. Making Rose Essential Oil one is the most expensive in the world.
What are the Skin Benefits?
Rose is best for sensitive, mature, and dry skin. It contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for moisturizing the skin. Here are the key benefits for your skin...
fights bacteria, tones & balances skin, tightens pores
reduces redness from psoriasis & eczema, soothes skin.
Rich in vitamins that repairs skin damage and protects skin cells.
How to incorporate Roses into your skin care routine?
Utilizing fresh and dried herbs in your skin care routine is easier than one would think. Using Roses can be the ultimate luxurious treat that you can quickly do at home.
Rose Bath- this sounds amazing just saying it out loud "Rose Bath", yes please! Take a handful of your favorite petals and throughout them into a nice warm bath at the end of a long day. This isn't just a treat, you also soften and moisturize your skin as you bath in luxury.
Rose Tea- sounds so simple and yes it is! Drinking Rose tea is perfect for a sore throat or just for a nice calming night cap. Putting these nutrients directly into your body is a quick easy way to boost your beauty regimen right before getting that much adored beauty sleep
Rose Mask- again take a handful of your favorite petals, about 8-10, soak in 3-4T (tablespoons) of warm distilled water for about 2-3 hours, add 3T of raw honey, mix and smoothe onto face and neck, let it sit for about 15-30 minutes, rinse and admire!
Rose Water Toner- this is a great way to firm and tone your skin with out loosing moisture. Making it however is a bit more time consuming and can get complicated. ( you're essentially steam distilling at home) Luckily there are plenty of Organic versions on the market for you to try. So find a company you trust and try switching up your toner for the summer.
Rose, like the women before us, are multi faceted and wiser. They knew what they were doing "back in the day", when they were nurturing their skin naturally. We can definitely take a few notes from their book now. So try something new by using fresh and dried herbs in your skin care routine. Always reach for Organic versions because you're putting this stuff on your face and you want to make sure the herbs are free of harmful pesticides.
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