Flower Power: The Power of Rose Water

Flower Power: The Power of Rose Water

1) Smell Like a Rose
Just as a tall glass of water provides your body hydration, rose water benefits your skin. “It’s been proven that giving yourself a light spritz of rose water helps rehydrate and moisturize skin,” says David Bank, MD, president of the New York State Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. Rose water is created by steam distillation, which isolates the essential oil in rose petals.
The sweet-smelling water provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidants benefits as well. But, advises Dr. Bank, “if you don’t like floral scents, try a vitamin E mist with cooling agents like aloe vera for a similar effect.”
2) Layer Your Facial Products
“Instead of just reaching for the heaviest cream in your cabinet, it’s more beneficial to apply different layers of products to create multiple barriers,” advises Bank. Start with a creamy, soap-free face wash that contains ceramides to immediately reinforce the skin barrier. Cucumber is another effective ingredient to look for, as it cleanses without dehydrating.
Follow your face wash with a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum to plump skin cells with a reservoir of moisture. “Hyaluronic acid is very hydrophilic, or water loving,” says Anne Chapas, MD, a dermatologist and founder and director of Union Square Laser Dermatology. “That means it attracts any available moisture and fuses it to the skin.”
Finally, instructs Bank, seal in your foundational hydrators with a light moisturizer, preferably with an SPF of at least 30 in the daytime, and a soothing eye cream.

3) Try Oil Instead of Lotion
While Americans often reach for the bottle of lotion first, Europeans love their body oils. And there’s a good reason — many lotions are packed with synthetic ingredients and fillers to provide a rich, creamy feel, but oils don’t need as many ingredients to perform the job of hydration because they do it naturally. “Oils protect the skin barrier, and skin is especially receptive to oils right after a shower,” Dr. Chapas says. Rich oils that are ideal for all-over moisturization include coconut, sweet almond, sunflower, and argan. If you want to keep it simple, pick up organic grape seed oil from a grocery store or health food store. It works beautifully on skin too, says Noelle S. Sherber, MD, a dermatologist in Maryland.

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