10 Skin and health Benefits of Rose Water And how tO make rosewater aT home

What is rose water?

Rose water

Rose water is a flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water. It is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals, a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfum It is also used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as a toner for fair skin.

We know rose water's great for skin and hair but why it's good and how exactly must you use it, is key! Here are10 amazing skincare and hair care uses of rose water you'll be happy you read about.

The best and easiest way to use rose water maybe to apply it at night, to clear all impurities the face has collected through the day; but I have listed other surprising uses which are so quick and easy, you'll be shocked.! Here are just some of Rose Water skin and health benefits ..

1. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores

Pleasent scent

2. Rosewater helps maintain the skin's pH balance, and also controls excess oil.

3. Rose water helps hydrate, revitalise and moisturise the skin giving it with that refreshed look.

Rose Water contains antibacterial properties

4. Due to its antibacterial properties, rose water also aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds.

5. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

Rose Water skin mask

6. Due to the astringent like properties it possesses, rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness.

Reduces anxiety

7. The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. It rids you of feelings of anxiety and promotes emotional well-being, thereby making you feel more relaxed.

Nourishes Hair

8. The nourishing and moisturising properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair. It is known to treat mild scalp inflammations and get rid of dandruff. Rosewater works wonders as a natural conditioner and revitaliseshair growth.

9. Has anti -aging properties, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

10. Used as a facial Toner due to the rich antioxidant properties and tightens pores.

Spritz away

Spritz Away! "A great way to use rosewater is by spritzing it on your face. Rosewater can also be sprayed over makeup to work as a makeup setting product, the mist will leave your face radiant", suggests Delhi-based makeup artist, Mrignaina Kumar. Fill an empty spray bottle with rosewater and spritz once you're done with your morning beauty routine to keep your face fresh and hydrated.

Dry and Frizzy Hair? . Mix equal parts rosewater and glycerin, apply on the scalp with the help of cotton pads and massage for 10-15 minutes. Let it stay for another 30 minutes and wash off with shampoo.

Facial toner

Facial Toner: Wet a soft cotton ball with chilled rose water and dab it on cleansed skin. Its mild astringent properties help tighten the pores and gently tone the skin

No More Tired Eyes: If you have tired, inflamed eyes - soak a cotton pad in chilled rose water and apply. It helps reduce puffiness under the eyes and get rid of redness.

Facial cleanser

Facial Cleanser: Rose water can be used a cleanser on all skin types. After washing your face with a mild face wash, all you have to do is add a few drops of glycerine to 1 tbsp rose water and apply it on your face.

Hair conditioner

Hair Conditioner: Post shampooing, use a cup of rose water as a final rinse. It helps condition the hair deeply, adding a healthy shine you'll just love

Makeup Remover

Makeup Remover: , this is one of the best makeup remover ever. Add a few drops of coconut oil to rosewater on a cotton pad and cleanse your face. The mixture works wonders to wipe off makeup and nourish your skin deeply at the same time. Note: Rub gently to avoid being harsh to your skin.

Fair and Lovely

Fair and Lovely: Add 2 tbsp gram flour and mix it with rose water plus lemon juice to make a smooth paste. Apply for 15 minutes to get rid of self tanning stains on clothes or skin.

Plump Lips

Naturally Plump Lips get ahead of the crazy, overdrawn lip trend and create naturally plump, soft lips with the help of a sugar scrub. You can easily buy it in any drugstore or create your own hydrating scrub by mixing a tablespoon of sugar, olive oil and honey together. This quick makeup trick will ensure your lips are super soft without any dry parts and will help your lipstick glide on like butter and stay on all day. If you really would like to take it to the max and overdraw them a bit, use a liquid or mousse lipstick and lip liner instead of a regular cream stick.

Rose Water Facial Toner with Camphor

Recipe for Rose Water with camphor:

Add a pinch of neatural camphor in a bottle of rose water and shake it well. Use this mixture as a facial toner and wipe your face with it 3 to 4 times a day to reduce excessive oil and sebum, reduce open pores and cool and sooth the skin during hot summer.

Apply rosewater Toner up to 4 times a day
Clears Skin

Goodbye Acne: "Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice with 1 tbsp rose water, apply it on acneic skin and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash with fresh water and reap the benefits", says Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. You can also apply a speedy facepack of fuller's earth (multani mitti) and mix it with rose water. Once it dries, wash it off. This helps cleanse pores, control excess oil and prevent acne.

Rose Water is without a doubt emarkably versatile. Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, rose water can be added to your beauty regime. That's what makes it a beauty secret or rather a secret weapon of women all over the world. However, when purchasing rose Water you need to know what to look for in this product. When purchasing rose water, you must only purchase 100% pure rose water i.e. the distilled water of roses sans the chemicals, the by-product of rose oil production. The usage of rosewater dates back to early Egypt, when Cleopatra used the natural product in her skincare regimen.

Recipe to make your own Rose Water..

Rosewater

Option 1: Simmering Method

Supplies:

* dried rose petals (or fresh from an organic, pesticide-free source)

* water

* saucepan with lid

* nut bag or several thicknesses of cheesecloth

* dark bottle for storage (spray nozzle optional)

Directions:

1. Measure 1/4 cup of dried rose petals into your saucepan. Use 1/2 to 3/4 cup if you are using fresh petals.

2. Pour 1 1/2 cups water into your saucepan.

3. Cover and bring to a boil.

4. Reduce temperature to the lowest setting that still allows the water to simmer.

5. Simmer until the color of the rose petals has faded. Mine became almost colorless. This only took about 5-10 minutes.

6. Leave the lid on and cool completely.

7. Pour water and petals through the nut bag or cheesecloth into a dark, clean bottle. You can use a funnel or strain into a measuring bowl with a pour spout and then pour into your dark bottle.

8. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or on the counter for up to one week.

Homemade Rosewater
Homemade Rosewater

Option 2: Distillation Method

Supplies:

* dried rose petals

* (or fresh from an organic, pesticide-free source)

* water

* ice

* large stock pot with lid

* clean brick (a real brick, from a house)

* metal bowl or heat-safe glass bowl

* dark bottle for storage (spray nozzle optional)

Dzirections:

Place a clean brick down in the center of your large stock pot. I used an 8 quart stock pot and an average sized brick.

Put the metal bowl or heat-safe glass bowl on top of the brick.

Measure about 1 1/2 cups of dried rose petals into the stock pot. Put them down around the brick making sure not to get any into the bowl. Use 3-5 cups if you are using fresh petals and gently press them down so they are around the brick and under the metal bowl.

Pour water into the pot over the petals until it comes almost to the top of the brick.

Invert the lid and cover the stock pot. This will allow the steam to collect and drip down to the center of the lid and eventually drip into the bowl.

Put ice on the top of the lid to encourage the steam to condense and subsequently drop into the bowl. You can put it directly on the lid and suck the water off with a turkey baster as the ice melts or you can put the ice in a ziplock bag so it is easy to pull off and replace. You want to keep in as much steam as possible because the steam is actually your rosewater.

Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to the lowest heat possible that still allows the water to simmer.

Replace the ice as it melts and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Very carefully lift the lid so that none of your melted ice water falls into the pot.

Carefully pour the rosewater that has collected in the bowl into your dark bottle.

This will last much longer at room temperature (up to 6 months, although it doesn’t stick around that long in my house) but you could always store it in the refrigerator to be sure it keeps well.

I had some water left in the bottom of the pot when I was done. I strained out the petals and used this in a batch of soap. It didn’t have as strong of a smell but I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing it out.

Homemade Rosewater

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