Roses for Skincare

Beloved for their beauty and scent, roses have held a special place for centuries. Roses have been the subject of sonnets, paintings, even nursery rhymes. However, roses aren’t just beautiful to look at or lovely to smell. They have been used in beauty and skincare since the beginning of mankind (even Cleopatra was reportedly a fan, requesting rose petals to be added to her baths).

What makes roses so valued when it comes to beauty? Rose petals not only contain various minerals and vitamins, they also contain antioxidants which protect the skin. Rose oil, extracted from the petals, is an excellent moisturizer and can minimize fine lines and wrinkles, making it very useful in antiaging products. Rose petals also have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them great for soothing sensitive skin and treating acne. If that isn’t enough, roses are also known to heal wounds as well as calm and soothe the mind and body.

We know how appealing roses sound right now, but before you try to harvest your own, we should probably tell you that it takes approximately ten thousand roses to extract just one ounce of pure rose oil. Thankfully, there are many rose-based products on the market. Below are just a few of our favorites.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Anti-Ageing Face Cream – Suitable for all skin types, this miracle cream contains anti-aging rose, along with black currant leaf, white tea, and cucumber seed extract to reduce wrinkle depth by up to 50% in just 30 days.  It also gently fades hyperpigmentation and protects against free radicals.

REN Rose 012 Moisture Defence – Perfect for dry or dehydrated skin, this serum not only repairs and nourishes the skin (thanks to rose) it also protects against environmental damage and locks in moisture for a luminous glow that lasts all day.

Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator – Exfoliating sensitive skin can be difficult, but this gentle exfoliator contains hydrating and repairing rose, soothing cucumber and gentle jojoba micro-spheres to reveal soft, smooth skin without irritating sensitive skin.

Dr.Hauschka Rose Body Oil – We know how stressful life can be. We also know how difficult it can be to find the time to treat yourself. This rich body oil contains jojoba oil to nourish and moisturize, sunflower seed oil to soothe, and rose to calm the senses. Apply this to your skin in long, upward strokes for a relaxing mini-treat.

Lierac Comfort Mask – Instantly calm, comfort, and heal dehydrated, stressed out skin with this pink-tinted mask. It contains pink clay to gently clarify, shea butter to hydrate, and rose extract to instantly repair and replenish.

– Rebecca Harrisson