Is redness and inflamed skin a thing for you? Face? Hands? Feet? Eczema? Dermatitis? One side of my family has a history of rosacea (redness and irritated vessels on the face) and the other side is prone to eczema and dermatitis! I am prone to drier, redder skin that is sensitive to strong astringents and facial cleansers, and have been so unlucky in my search for a product that doesn’t dry my skin or make it too oily.
A quick look on a Google search will tell you that rose water is an excellent natural cleanser for the skin and contains a ton of antioxidants that help balance your skin’s pH levels and reduce redness and irritation. Rose water can be purchased in diluted quantities OR you can totally make it at home for pretty much free. So of course I made my own!
For those that need scientific research before you try things, here are the studies that link rose water to the following:
- Treatment and prevention of infection (study talked about the addition of rose water as eye drops in a conjunctivitis treatment as an antiseptic) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3661513
- Skin protectant due to the antioxidants found in the roses https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586833/
- And this Medical News Today article gets SUPER deep into uses and benefits https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320216.php
Idk about y’all but that enough for me to TRY it and see if it helps me! So here is what I did.
Homemade Rose Water Recipe/Instructions:
- I picked some petals from my moms rose garden. Home grown is ALWAYS best when it comes to anything we ingest or put on our skin because flowers at home aren’t usually sprayed every 45 minutes with industrial strength pesticides that absorb into the petals. Any color petal is fine to pick, the more red petals you use the darker pink your water will come out. For this batch, I used all color petals.
- Rinse the petals (get the aphids off!) and put them in a small pot.
- Fill the pot with purified or distilled water (distilled is best), enough to cover the rose petals. No cup to cup ratio… just eyeball it!
- Boil petals for 25-30 minutes or until the majority of the color is gone from the petals
- Place a cheesecloth over a bowl and strain the petals
- You are then left with fresh rose water! You can put in a mason jar or in spray bottles. Who is ready for beautiful skin?!
and Voila! This amount made me about 18-20oz of rose water.
So now what the heck do you do with this pink water?? Well! personally, I have been spraying my face 2-3 pumps to get a nice moisture and leaving it on my face both morning and night. I have DEFINITELY noticed a reduction in the redness on my cheeks and my face feels softer too!
I also gave some to my roommate, my mom, my aunt, and my sister in law to try on their different skin types and get some feed back from them as well. I will post when I have more reviews from them!
Mom has skin that is more oily, and noticed that when she sprayed the rose water and left it, it caused her to feel more oily. BUT when she started using it as a cleanser (spray on, wipe off) it was more balancing.
My Aunt was having dermatitis issues on her legs, she has been spraying rose water and applying mango butter once a day for about a week and has been noticing a slow reduction in the redness and bumps. She will try twice a day this week 🙂
I worked a football tournament this weekend and got SO SUNBURNED omg, my mom would have been so mad. haha BUT I came home and sprayed 2 rounds of rose water and rubbed it in (SUPER cooling and refreshing on the hot skin), and I woke up this morning and the redness was gone. Granted, I do have Boriquen skin, but a burn like that would have been there the next day for sure. So I just wanted to be honest about the results I have been getting!
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