Used by the Romans to treat everything from skin irritations to depression, the beauty benefits of rose oil are anything but new.
Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil has excellent emollient properties for moisturising dry skin.
It also offers antiseptic and astringent properties to treat spot-prone skin, as well as anti-inflammatory power that help treat redness and inflammation. Rose oil can also help refine skin texture, controlling skin problems such as psoriasis.
A study has even shown that rose essential oil can help heal wounds, as inhaling it prevents water loss in the skin and lowers the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.
The down side is that rose oil can be incredibly expensive – it takes tens of thousands of petals to produce one ounce of oil – but it is potent, so only a tiny amount is needed.
There are two types of pure rose oil: otto and absolute. Otto is commonly used in skincare while absolute involves a more complicated extraction process and is preferred by perfumers.
Here are some rosy skin goodies to check out:
Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream
This rich, beautifully scented cream, with the extract of over 1,075 organic rose petals in each tube, strengthens the skin and soothes redness.
REN’s Moroccan Rose Otto Firming Créme Riche
If you’re on the hunt for a lightweight body cream, this sweet scented cream is the ideal choice. It hydrates and nourishes, while smoothing and firming the skin.
Aveda’s Rose Absolute
Perfect for dry and mature skin, this pure essential oil is ideal for moisturising even the most sensitive complexion.
Weleda Wild Rose Day Cream
This all-natural, quickly absorbed cream is packed with oils of musk rose, peach kernel and almond, to nourish and revitalise.
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