It’s not by coincidence that roses have, over the years, become synonymous with concepts of beauty, romance and love (‘Will you accept this rose, anyone?’). For centuries, people have embraced the iconic bloom not only for its heavenly scent, beauty and romance, but its powerful beauty-enhancing benefits.

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As early as the time of time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, rose petals were used to perfume baths for a sensual and sensory experience, with the Europeans continuing their tradition, perfuming their bath water with roses and herbs as early as the 16th century. But the divine scent was only the start of the positive benefits roses provide, so it’s little wonder roses in distilled forms have also been used in cosmetics, medicines and therapeutic treatments for centuries.

Whether they’re turned into rose essential oil, rosehip seed oil or rose water (aka rose hydrosol, rose floral water or rose distillate), roses pack a surprising punch of skin boosting and protecting properties, sure to bestow an English rose quality on even the most challenged skin types.

1. Fix ALL the skin things

Not only is rose essential oil a natural antibacterial, making it perfect for treating acne or blemish-prone skin, it also contains phenyl ethanol, an antiseptic compound, making it doubly effective in the fight against spots. Rose oil’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties can also help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin, while calming skin conditions such as roseacea, eczema and psoriasis.

2. Age away

Rose contains high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which can help protect skin cells from damage, particularly in relation to sun exposure. There’s evidence that rose water can even work as an effective sunblock. Vitamin C is also a powerful anti-ageing ingredient, especially when combined with the abundance of oils and proteins found in rosehip, perfect for keeping skin soft and hydrated. Rosehip is also the only vegetable oil to naturally contains retinol (vitamin A), making it ideal for treating fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging, such as inhibiting pigmentation, which can show up in age or sun spots.

3. Soothes and moisturises

The natural oils and emollient properties found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping even the driest skin feeling smooth, plump and dewy. Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin because of the soothing nature of the sugars in its petals. At the same time, rose is a natural astringent, helping to tighten pores and restore suppleness and a healthy glow to the skin, without drying it out like conventional alcohol-based toners.

4. Hair and scalp helper

Rose water’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities are great news for your hair, ideal for healing itchy and flaky areas of the scalp, while increasing blood flow to hair follicles, encouraging hair growth.

5. Sleep tight

When used aromatically, rose essential oil has been found to soothe the mind – no doubt why they’re a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and calm. Adding rose petals or rose scented bath wash to a warm bath will help dissipate feelings of anxiety, while inhaling rose oil has been found to inhibit water loss in the skin and lower the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Apart from being a detox for your body, it will also help you sleep better – and you can never underestimate a good night’s sleep to help a girl look and feel her best. Yes, we will accept this rose.

August 22, 20167:45am

Beauty | body+soul

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