Originating from a country where rose water is so abundant, I used to underestimate its benefits and take it for granted. It's like going sightseeing in your home town. You know, rose water is there, and it's not going anywhere. So no rush for you to try the stuff.
However, in recent years, I rediscovered this aromatic goodness. Now, I'm happy to report that rose water has a special place in my DIY skin care arsenal!
Rose water is a fantastic beauty ingredient. Not only is it perfect as a toner, as I used to think. But this ingredient can also remove makeup, calm irritation, and balance the skin's pH level.
What is even more awesome is that this flavored water is a natural and safe way to cure acne.Keep reading to find out what anti-acne benefits rose water has to offer and how you can incorporate it into your skin care regimen.
What Is Rose Water?
Dubbed as the queen of flowers, roses are valued for more than their beautiful blooms. Some of the products made from roses are rose oil (rose otto or attar of rose) and rose water.
The production of rose oil and rose water are intertwined processes. Rose oil is obtained by steam-distilling crushed petals of roses. The by-product of this process is rose water. Through this process of distillation, 20% of the liquids turn into essential oils, and the rest is water mixed with small amounts of rose attar.
This intertwined process makes use of a lot of rose petals. About 2,000 rose petals produce a drop of essential oil. Yes, a drop — which makes rose otto very expensive. Thankfully, since rose water is a by-product, it is not as expensive as the attar of rose.
Don't let the label of by-product make you think that rose water is easily dismissable. The simplicity of this flavored water is its allure in helping us attain a rosy and youthful complexion.
Is Rose Water Effective Against Acne?
You might be thinking that the only thing something called "water" can do is hydrating the skin, making it more supple and moist. And that thought is totally reasonable.
But what if I tell you that this aromatic liquid is a lot more than just some flavored water?
Much like its oil counterpart, rose water offers therapeutic uses that can benefit our skin. This flavored water has anti-oxidant properties natural to rose, which helps in keeping our skin youthful. Antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of rose water give it the ability to kill acne-causing bacteria. Moreover, it can aid in healing wounds, like the oozing red that pimples leave after they pop.
Most skin care products for acne kill acne-causing bacteria at the expense of your skin's overall health. With rose water, you can be sure that it will be extremely gentle on your skin. It is not likely to cause any irritation while it fights off C. acnes.
In fact, this flavored water has a cooling effect that helps soothe redness and irritated skin. This effect is precisely what you'd want while riding out your breakouts.
As if rose water can't get any better, it can also help you get rid of excess oils and balance your skin's pH level. Now that's hardworking flavored water!
How To Use Rose Water To Treat And Prevent Acne
To help you obtain the benefits mentioned earlier, focusing more on acne because we definitely want to be rid of that, here are 3 ways to use rose water.
Combine Rose Water With Baking Soda To Help Unclog Pores
In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp. baking soda with 2 tbsp. rose water. After cleaning your face, apply the smooth paste onto your skin. Use gentle circular motions when massaging this paste on the skin.
The baking soda in this mixture helps mildly exfoliate the skin. This effect enables you to shed dead skin cells and get rid of excess oils and dirt.
To help clean the pores and minimize the possibility of breakouts, you can do this once a week. Take into account that baking soda is a drying agent. So if you have sensitive skin, this method might not be the best for you.
Add Rose Water To Lemon Juice To Tighten Pores And Help Fade Acne Scars
Start with cleaning your face with a mild face wash product or with a homemade one. Combine equal parts freshly squeezed lemon juice and rose water. Use a cotton pad to apply this mixture onto your face.
Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes. Afterward, gently rinse the mixture off with cold water. Pat your face dry and apply moisturizer.
You will be amazed by how radiant, healthy, and young-looking your skin will be after this treatment. In addition to rose water's benefits, lemon juice has mild lightening properties, which can help fade acne scars.
Mix Rose Water With Apple Cider Vinegar To Prevent Future Breakouts
Start with thoroughly cleaning your face. In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar and half a cup of rose water. Use a cotton pad to apply this mixture and let it dry. Finish with applying moisturizer.
For a natural moisturizer, you can use rosehip oil. This base oil's light and thin yet moisturizing consistency jive well with the ACV—rose water mixture.
Because apple cider vinegar is so good at controlling oil production, this treatment is ideal for people with oily skin. ACV and rose water combined will give your skin an anti-oxidant boost. Doing this 1 to 2 times a day will help unclog your pores and prevent future breakouts.
Rose water is mild and gentle. However, people with particular skin conditions will find it best to consult with a dermatologist before using new products or treatments.
If you've been suffering from acne, it is time to get yourself a bottle of aromatic rose water. Put it to good use and practice caution. You'll see clear skin days are just a few rose water treatments away.
Have you tried using rose water in your skin care routine? Or do you have other ways of using this flavored water? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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