From the next time when anyone gives you a rose on valentine’s day or on your birthday, preserve that rose not for the sake of memories but for your skin care treatments that you can do at home as roses have a lot of uses apart from its soothing fragrance. From being an excellent healer, experts have rated the rose and its petals high for their uses. Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower, and Sonia Mathur, Beauty Expert and Training head at Organic Harvest, have rolled out a list of uses of a rose which helps in hydration of your skin. Rose mixed with water helps hydrate, re-energize and moisturize your skin giving it a fresh look. It also helps to control the excess oil and maintain the correct pH balance of your skin.
Rose also contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil has excellent healing properties for moisturising your dry skin. If you are stressed because of your pimples then rosewater and lemon juice tonic is perfect for you This tonic helps in clearing pimples and acne. Wash your face with water, followed by application of the tonic. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it with warm water. This is suitable for either combination skin or oily skin.
Rosewater and almonds face pack also does wonders when it comes to dry skin. A paste can be prepared by using almonds, honey and rosewater together. This face-pack can be used for skin whitening. For regular use, dip the cotton ball in rose water and clean the face. It acts as a natural toner and removes the dust and dirt settled onto the skin. This process can be repeated in the morning and night-time. Rosewater can also be used in bath water. It helps in inducing a skin glow. The gentle aroma of rose removes the stress and refreshes the body.
Rosewater can alleviate the discomfort and relieve the stress after application. Rosewater brings shine and makes the eyes healthy. The anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties save the eyes from pollution, dust, redness and harm caused by chemicals in make-up products that one may be accustomed to using. It can also help in preventing dark circles when mixed with milk. If used with shampoo on a regular basis, rosewater promotes moisturisation and conditioning of hair follicles. Rosewater and jojoba oil blended together can be applied on the hair for 10 minutes before washing, as it effectively helps in repairing damaged hair caused by curling irons or blow driers.To get rid of frizzy hair, rosewater and aloe vera can be blended together in equal proportions. Apply it over your scalp properly. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash off.
Skin disease treatment: Rose has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, making it ideal to topically treat a host of ailments, including abrasions, burns and skin conditions. It has also been used to ease sore throats, fever and cough.The anti-inflammatory properties help treat redness and inflammation. Rose oil can also help refine skin texture, controlling skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Rose water can also treat acne and can be added in tea to calm sore throats.
De-stress: Inhaling the aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. It lowers the concentration of the stress hormone in the body, and helps in getting rid from feelings of anxiety, thereby promoting emotional well-being and relaxation.Local botox: Roses also help aging skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Use Rosehip seed oil (which is derived from small fruits found behind the rose flower) which contains high levels of Vitamin C and is rich in oils and proteins.