What is it?
Rosewater sounds lovely, and it is. It’s essentially rose petal tea, that is rose petals steeped in hot water creating a fragrant liquid. This has been done since ancient Egyptian times.
Rosewater has been used cosmetically throughout history. Applied to the skin, it acts as a moisturizer with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.
- Anti-inflammatory: reduces inflammation caused by a number of things.
- Anti-bacterial: good for acne-prone people by killing face bacteria that causes acne.
- Antioxidant: repairs the skin from some of that summer sun damage
Rosewater is gentle enough for use on sensitive skin, and really all skin types says Dr. Tabasum Mir in this very informative Huffington Post article. I pulled a bit of info from this article, and would recommend checking it out if you’re interested in learning more.
- There are many culinary uses particularly in Middle Eastern cuisine, specifically in desserts. There are also numerous religion uses, including wedding ceremonies.
- Face masks
- Makeup remover
- & so much more!
DIY uses (ways to use rosewater at home)
- Nourishing rosewater toner listed below!
- Mixed with your shampoo to help heal hair
- Applied under eyes to reduce inflammation
- Added to bath water with salts and essential oils
Nourishing Rosewater Toner
I can attest to the moisturizing properties of Rosewater. I’ve been applying the mix below to my face in the morning after showering, or at night before bed every few days for the past week or so. It feels like I’ve applied a moisturizer, or just peeled off a face mask. I’ve noticed the cotton ball I use getting faintly dirty too, so it seems to also work as a face wash.
In addition to all the rosewater benefits listed above, adding lavender and peppermint essential oils take this toner to the next level. Both oils provide similar benefits as rosewater, plus some more.
- 1 oz glass spray bottle
- about 1/2 oz rosewater (enough to fill half your spray bottle)
- about 1/2 oz purified (filtered) water (enough to fill the other half of your spray bottle)
- few drops lavender essential oil
- few drops peppermint essential oil
What to do:
- Add all ingredients to a glass spray bottle, and shake to mix. I generally shake the bottle before each use.
- To use, spray a few sprits of toner on a cotton ball. Gently rub the cotton ball on your face.
Congrats! You’ve just done something great for your face. 🙂