July 30 2020 – Erin Mawhinney
For Valentine’s this year, get your S/O roses in a different form.
Rosewater, made from distilling rose petals with steam, has been found to have many uses and benefits in the skincare industry. Originating in Iranian medicinal and spiritual practices, rosewater has been utilized for centuries for the treatment of abdominal and chest pains, menstrual bleeding, and digestive problems. Now, it is used to maintain the skin barrier and keep the skin fresh and moisturized at all times.
When it comes to skincare, rosewater is jam-packed with powerful antioxidants. Specifically, these antioxidants have been found to provide valuable cell protection through their lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects, resulting in a healthy and hydrated skin barrier.
If you find yourself suffering from a pink-to-red face at times, rosewater could very well be your saving grace. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, rosewater has been popular in the beauty industry for many years, taking puffiness down and in turn, reducing redness. Our skin, being slightly acidic with a pH of 4.1-5.8, can be thrown off balance with skincare products that differ in pH - in fact, most skincare products have a pH ranging from 6-7.5. Rosewater, on the other hand, restores stasis to our skin pH with a similar pH of 4.0-4.5. Why is this important, you may ask? It all has to do with your skin’s acid mantle.
The skin’s acid mantle protects skin against external influences like bacteria, allergens, and pollution, all while maintaining moisture. Therefore, it’s very important for this acid mantle to stay acidic - and rosewater is the perfect ally.
So, rosewater water is full of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness, and is important for the skin’s barrier to balance pH...is that all? Not even close.
Rosewater has impressive antiseptic & antibacterial properties, aiding the skin in healing and treating infection. A study conducted in 2010 found that rosewater is even valuable in fighting the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes - also known as ‘the acne bacteria’! Therefore, regularly toning your skin with rose water can help prevent the formation of acne caused by clogged pores, and even helping with other skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and scar tissue.
Rosewater is a hydrator; it revitalizes and moisturizes the skin to give it a refreshed and dewy look. When it comes to grace & stella’s Rose Spray, we’ve packed it with other incredible ingredients on top of all of the benefits that rosewater brings. Let’s take a look at some of our other key ingredients:
Aloe Vera Extract:Perhaps one of the most effective calming ingredients out there. For healing, soothing, and anti-inflammation.
Hydrolyzed Collagen:Strengthens our skin by increasing elasticity and hydration that we lose as we age.
Hamamelis Extract (AKA Witch Hazel):Relieves irritation, inflammation, wards of infection, and fights acne as it acts as an astringent, causing your tissues to contract to help shrink pores.
Evidentially, rosewater is massively beneficial when it comes to skincare, especially when it comes to sensitive skin. But on top of all of that, it’s also massively stress-relieving. In fact, studies have shown that rosewater can help relax the central nervous system. The olfactory nerve connects to our brain, which sends signals to the amygdala and limbic system - this part of our brain controls mood & emotions and is said to be relaxed by certain scents. Research has also shown that rose water has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties, and is believed to induce sleep. It has been used to treat depression, anxiety, grief, and tension as the fumes of rosewater improve mood - AND it is commonly used in aromatherapy.
Rosewater is even utilized in aiding nasal congestion - in fact, it has been shown to be just as effective in reducing respiratory congestion as some pharmaceutical drugs, relaxing trachea muscles to reduce coughs, and improve breathing.
Here’s the kicker - rosewater has even been used to set the mood - it has been reported to increase sperm count, improve ED conditions, and relieve depression in men. Whaaat? Is there an end to the benefits of rosewater?!
Have we convinced you? Rosewater is a powerful asset to not only skin health but mental health as well. Shop ours today to start reaping the rewards.