Flower Power: The Power of Rose Water

Why rose water is a must-have skin saver 


Roses and rose oil have been popular ingredients in luxury beauty products since the 16th century and was widely sought after in the Ottoman Empire. Now, in terms of staying power, it seems like roses aren’t likely to go anywhere anytime soon.

They were traditionally used for various medicinal purposes by a host of cultures, from the Turks, Indians, and Persians to name a few. They believed the oil to have healing properties that they used for sores, aches, as a diuretic and astringent, and many other uses. With its many cultural and religious implications the rose was a highly coveted item.

Aside from being lovely when received in a bouquet, these flowers take center stage in many skincare products for their impressive skin benefits and their famously pleasant fragrance.

Rosewater and rose oil are two of the easiest ways to incorporate these ingredients into your routine, but many opt for the rose water considering the average price of rose oil is $55 for a tiny bottle.

The premium price is no wonder. The process requires steam distilling huge amounts of rose petals to extract the fragrant oil. It takes roughly 10,000 roses to fill a 5ml bottle of oil!

Considering that might not be a reasonable price point for all pocketbooks, rose water is an awesome alternative to reap the benefits. The oil is mixed with water to be used as a toner, hydrating spray, or even makeup setting spray. Check out below the ways that rose water can help your skin.

Gentle Hydration

Rosewater is extremely hydrating to all skin types and works especially well for those among us with more parched skin. Rosewater has a lower concentration of rose oil than just pure rose oil, which some people might find irritating. The combination of rose oil and water creates a barrier to help retain moisture.

When purchasing, make sure that the top ingredients are purified water and Rosa Damascena or Rosa Damascena oil. The further down on the list the rose oil is listed, the less of the ingredient it contains. Some rose waters contain fillers, additives, and fragrance and can be bothersome to sensitive skin.

Anti-microbial and Anti-inflammatory

Rosewater has been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits. Acne-prone types can use rose water to hydrate and tone since it contains astringent properties that will help reduce breakouts and tone skin. Additionally, it reduces redness and is great for sensitive skin types.


Rosewater is able to balance your skin’s pH levels out which ensures that your skin is working at its optimal level. When your skin’s pH levels are balanced, your skin is able to maintain its protective barrier to retain moisture and protect against toxins and impurities from your environment.

Antioxidant effects

Antioxidants are key to aging gracefully and rose water helps fight lipid peroxidation effects. Your skin barrier has lipids (essentially fats) that protect your skin’s moisture barrier and protect against dirt, impurities, and other environmental damage. Lipid peroxidation damages the cell structure which leads to aging skin. Rosewater has been shown in a study to help reduce the effects of lipid loss and provides other free radical protection for healthier skin. 


References: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.2478/V10133-010-0032-4

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