Rose Water might be new on the shelves at skincare shops, but its uses for beauty date back to Antiquity! It has stayed around all this time for a good reason : it is a beauty potion for skin! Let’s look at what types of Rose Water are most commonly sold, their beauty benefits, and how they are used in a natural skincare routine.
What is Rose Water?
There are 2 types. Both are from the flower’s petals, and that’s about where the similarities end.
If you are thinking about adding to your beauty routine, you’ll want to know the differences between Rose Water and Rose FLORAL water (or Hydrosol).
Read on the find out why choosing one or the other is important.
How do you make Rose Water?
Here are the 2 ways:
1. Making Rose Water:
One is by steeping or boiling the petals in water (like making tea) and then removing the petals and keeping the water for use.
To make this type of product, sometimes dried petals are used and sometimes fresh ones. Essential oil is often also added into the water to either make it smell stronger or to add beauty benefits. Sometimes it is simply water with drops of essential oil.
2. Making Rose FLORAL Water or Hydrosol:
This method also involves boiling the petals. However, it is a more delicate process and does not use the water that the petals are boiled in.
The floral water is obtained by steam distillation. This means that as the water boils, the steam is collected. As this floral steam cools down and turns from steam to liquid, this liquid is collected: this is the Rose Floral Water.
The steam distillation makes the entire difference. The steam extracts the petals’ active ingredients and makes them more concentrated.
Very often, Floral Waters (or Hydrosols) are more pure than what is labeled “rose water” in shops, even though their smell is more delicate. Indeed, there are many ways of making what can be legitimately called “rose water”, and the processes are not usually explained on the product label. It may be difficult to tell the quality of the petals: are they dried? Fresh? Sprayed with chemicals? It may also be complicated to know the quality of the essential oil that is added into the water. Unless of course you are making it yourself with organic petals or organic essential oil!
In contrast, store products labeled as “Rose Floral Water” (or hydrosol) are obtained by steam distillation and naturally more concentrated in the active ingredients useful to the skin. Of course, you may not be able to tell the quality of the petals in the first place, but high quality brands guarantee distillation of only-freshly picked petals! And if you choose Certified Organic Floral water, then you know you are not putting chemicals on your face.
For a quick explanation for the hydrosol making process (an even one you can try at home!) : https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Hydrosols
Rose Floral Water benefits for skin
It is a great addition to a natural skincare routine. Many toners on the market today have an extensive list of ingredients. Of course, these toners or face sprays may also contain active ingredients that helps with certain skin conditions. However, sometimes simplifying a skincare routine helps to clear the problem condition. So if you are looking to put less on your skin, floral waters are a great natural toner and face mist alternative.
Floral Water for Skin Toning
This centuries-old beauty potion helps remove any remaining impurities after skin cleansing, and also helps prepare the skin for moisturizing. Applying moisturizer after a spray of floral water will also help lock in its natural active properties.
Floral Water for Skin Soothing
Rose Floral Water helps soothe irritated skin, and can help with blemishes, redness and sensitive skin.
It may also help prevent oxidative damage and thus help within an anti-wrinkle skincare routine.
So now that we have talked about its benefits, let us have a look at how to use it!
How to use Rose Floral Water?
As a toner, as a make-up fixer, and many other uses!
Check out the full article for 6 ways to use floral waters in your natural beauty care routine!
And if you are ready to dive into natural beauty: here is Fleurance Nature Rose Floral Mist Toner. This Certified Organic Floral Water Spray is made from organic flowers grown in Morocco, and steam-distilled to preserve their active ingredients for skincare.