This article first appeared in our Health Revolution issue of My Green Pod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 24 July 2020. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
Budgets are tighter and most of us don’t have time for complicated skincare rituals, so it’s more important than ever to opt for multi-tasking beauty products that are both affordable and effective.
Enter rose water, the miracle product that relieves pain and skin irritations while bringing so may benefits to the hair, skin and mind that it was the beauty product of choice for Cleopatra, Michelangelo and countless others over its long history of use.
The history of the rose
Fossil evidence suggests the rose is at least 30 million years old, and that it has had a role in human history for over 5,000 years. The Ancient Greeks understood the power of the rose, and considered large public rose gardens as important as wheat fields and fruit orchards.
Modern research continues to unravel the mysteries of this incredible flower, and explain with science what humans previously seemed to understand through intuition.
The queen of roses
Roses contain an abundance of phenolic compounds, which contain free-radical scavengers and antioxidants. They have been found to contain anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and antidepressant qualities.
Rosa damascena – also known as the Bulgarian rose and the ‘queen of roses’ – is the most prized flower of the rose family; in addition to the qualities common to all roses, studies reveal this remarkable flower brings extensive benefits to the central nervous system and can aid sleep and relieve pain.
A rose water made from its petals can be used to treat everything from burns, cuts, scars and skin irritations to sore throats, coughs and migraines – but it shouldn’t be restricted to a first aid kit.
When it comes to beauty, rose water also improves complexion and promotes the holy grail of skincare: that ‘glow’.
Suitable for all skin types, it has a toning effect on the skin’s surface capillaries and helps to maintain the skin’s proper pH balance. Essential micronutrients soften, tone and hydrate while calming the skin and helping to relieve redness.