Rose is a beautiful flower with an exquisite sweet fragrance. And it doesn't mind lending some of its beauty to us. The rose essential oil, derived from fresh rose petals through the process of steam distillation, works wonders on the skin, making it healthy, fresh, soft, and supple. Traditionally, it is extracted from Rosa damascena or Damask rose, a special type of rose which is harvested commercially on a large scale to produce rose essential oil and rose water. The best quality rose oil is found in Bulgaria as Damask rose is grown on a large scale there.
Earlier, rose oil was used mainly for making perfumes. But now, its benefits for skin care have managed to increase its popularity in the beauty and cosmetic industry as well. It is also used as a key ingredient in a wide range of skin care products.
Rose Oil Uses
Rose oil has a complex chemical composition with several biologically active ingredients that have an amazing effect on various skin problems. Listed below are some of its many benefits.
Rose oil is good for oily skin, and can be used as a skin toner. It acts as an astringent, that helps in tightening skin tissues, opening skin pores on the face, and controlling the greasiness. It can fight off facial skin wrinkles and various other signs of aging really well, since it contracts the facial muscles a bit, which in turn uplifts sagging skin.It has a cooling effect and soothes sunburned and highly sensitive skin.
Rose oil has antibacterial properties that can cure skin infections and is an effective treatment for acne. It is capable of healing acne scars, boils, or other unwanted skin spots. It can be used directly on open wounds and cuts. First, it will contract the blood vessels of the affected area and put a stop to the bleeding. Then, its antiseptic qualities will protect the wound from infections.
Rose oil is a rich source of vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant and improves the texture of the skin. Regular application of the oil on discolored skin will help restore the original skin color. If applied on stretch marks, surgery marks, or fat cracks, it can repair the defects and diminish their appearance. Rose oil can be safely applied on skin disorders like eczema to reduce the skin inflammation and irritation.
It is absolutely safe to consume rose oil as well, which helps in removing toxins from the blood and purifies it. This prevents development of skin rashes, ulcers, boils, etc. on the skin. It also aids in maintaining a hormonal balance which is very essential to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing.
How to Use Rose Oil for Skin
- For added benefits, add a few drops of the oil to your skin cream or to homemade face mask recipes that you use regularly.
- Use it as a skin toner by adding a few drops of rose oil in cold water. Rinse your face with this solution.
- To fight off wrinkles, add 10-12 drops of rose water in almond oil or olive oil and apply it on the face, especially on wrinkled spots.
- To get rid of stretch marks, add 3-4 drops of rose oil to 20 ml of almond oil and 5 ml of wheat germ oil. Massage the affected area well with this concoction.
- On sun-damaged skin, apply a mixture that consists of 3 drops of rose oil, 20 ml of jojoba oil, a few drops of lavender oil, and chamomile oil.
- For body massage, it has to be mixed with massage oils, lotions, or other aromatherapy oils.
The only constraint with rose oil is that it is highly expensive. This is because, hundreds and thousands of rose petals are required to produce a single drop of oil.