A couple months ago I shared a variety of ways I use Roses in my skin care routine over on another blog. I really loved sharing the article, so I thought I would also share some of my recipes here. =)
Roses have been used in beauty recipes for millennia and it's no secret that they are well suited to all skin types. They contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds (which suit acne-prone skin), are rich in anti-aging properties, and are known to nourish, hydrate, and even help tone and rejuvenate the skin. Basically, Roses are considered to be some of the most skin-nourishing botanicals on the planet. Their aroma is also incredibly soothing and calming, so it's no wonder I like to incorporate them in so many steps of my skin care routine. Convinced enough to try them? Here are some of the ways you can give them a go.
Infuse your favorite cleansing oil (olive, almond, grapeseed, etc.) with fresh or dried organic Rose petals for 4-6 weeks, shaking the jar each day. Once your herbal infusion is finished, you can use this infused oil as a cleansing oil. Simply use it to cleanse your face instead of harsh chemical detergents or soaps. It's great for removing makeup and your face will thank you with glowing, hydrated skin!
Note: If you use fresh Rose petals for your infusion, it's recommended to let them wilt overnight in a single layer first.
Use a coffee grinder to process organic dried Rose petals into a fine powder. Store the powder in an airtight spice jar and use it to gently exfoliate the skin. The little granules feel as if they are melting into your skin as you scrub! I've found them to be both gentle and effective - much more luscious than some of the sandpaper-like facial scrubs I've tried over the years! Use 1-2 times per week.
Spray the face and decolletage with an organic Rose hydrosol. Make sure it's a true hydrosol, not just essential oil added to water, and watch the ingredients list! The only ingredient should be the organic hydrosol of Rose. (Many Rose waters are adulterated with synthetics or chemicals.)
Apply a facial serum made with organic Aloe vera, nourishing carrier oils, and Rose Otto essential oil (at a .5-1% dilution). Rose is renowned for its affinity for increasing circulation in the skin and stimulating healthy new cell growth; it's also known for minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! It's a perfect addition to a homemade facial serum. I tend to use the serum at nighttime only, but you could use it twice a day if you'd like.
I like to seal everything in with a hydrating layer of organic, cold pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. Rose Hip Seed Oil is a carrier oil, not an essential oil. I love it for use on the face - it nourishes and moisturizes and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple without making it feel greasy. Can be used morning and night.
One of my favorite facial masks is made from an infused honey. Infuse raw honey with Rose petals, much the same way you would infuse a carrier oil with an herb. Once it's finished, you can strain out the petals (if you'd like) and use the infused honey as a rejuvenating face mask once a week. Leave it on for 15 minutes or so and rinse off with warm water.
As you can see, I really love Roses. Who can blame me? They're practically perfect little things! I hope you'll give a few of these recipes a try. =) Enjoy!
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