9 Amazing Uses For Rosewater
Toner: “I most commonly recommend products with rosewater or rosehip oil for acne- and rosacea-prone patients, because it reduces bacteria on skin, decreases inflammation, and simultaneously hydrates and soothes the skin,” says Jessica Weiser, MD, a dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group in New York City. After cleansing, simply dampen a cotton pad with a few drops of the stuff and apply to the face. You’ll notice any redness go down almost instantly, and your nose will be happy, too.
Makeup Remover: So long, pricey, scented micellar waters — there’s a new cleansing water in town, and it goes by the name rose. It’s incredibly effective at whisking away even the harshest of waterproof eye makeup, yet gentle enough that it’ll never irritate the skin or burn the eyes. Plus, any lingering rosewater will keep the skin soft and hydrated.
Hair Treatment: Got dry, dull tresses? Bring a cup of rosewater into the shower with you and, after shampooing, use it as a final hair rinse. It’ll condition your strands like no other, as well as add a shine that you didn’t know was possible. Another option: “Add rosewater to your shampoo to get soft and refreshed hair,” advises Barry. Be prepared, though: the gorgeous scent will last for hours after, prompting strangers to compliment you all day long. It’s a hard life, eh?
Eye Brightener: We can’t state it enough: Rosewater is a winner at banishing redness and discoloration. Don’t freak if you wake up with puffy bags or dark circles. Simply soak a few cotton pads in the magic juice and apply around your eyes for five minutes. Not only does it feel absolutely amazing, but you’ll look like you somehow managed to get a full eight hours.
Aftershave Treatment: “Rosewater’s benefits stem from natural anti-inflammatory properties, which make it ideal for topical application to calm red, irritated skin conditions,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology in New York City. If you’re the type that’s riddled with painful irritation after even the most careful of shave sessions, you’ve got to get your hands on some rosewater, stat. Apply it to skin after stepping out of the shower, and you’ll feel instant relief. Bonus: Hours later, you’ll still be soft and silky.
Bath Additive: Rosewater has similar calming effects on the mind as it does on skin. “It has many of the same benefits as witch hazel, clary sage, or neroli, easing anxiety, encouraging self-love and release from past pain, and even a little aphrodisiac twist,” says Sarah Villafranco, founder of Osmia Organics. One of the easiest ways to revel in the scent? Add a cup or two to a bath, and make sure to breathe deeply. You’ll feel instantly at ease and, again, you’ll smell delicious for hours.
Makeup Freshener: Who doesn’t hate looking in the mirror post-lunch, only to find that the day’s makeup looks dull and cake-y? Add some rosewater to a travel-size spray bottle, and spritz on the face whenever the dreaded moment strikes. Your makeup will be revived, and you’ll even see a lovely new glow, too.
Light Fragrance: Intricate perfumes aren’t for everyone, and rosewater is the perfect scent for a fragrance minimalist. Dab on the neck and wrists, and enjoy as peoples’ noses perk up when you step into a room — and not in that, “Whoa, what’s that heavy smell?” kind of way.
Scented Sheets: Don’t let rosewater’s soothing, non-irritating reputation fool you; this baby’s still got a sensual side. Spritz on sheets to refresh between washes, or spray a bit before getting down and dirty. It’s romantic, sexy, and unforgettable. Who doesn’t love that?