Secret Ingredient: Rose Water
O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem,
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
The canker-blooms have full as deep a dye
As the perfumed tincture of the roses,
Hang on such thorns and play as wantonly
When summer's breath their masked buds discloses:
But, for their virtue only is their show,
They live woo'd and unrespected fade,
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so;
Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made:
And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth,
When that shall fade, my verse distills your truth.
What are Roses
Roses are not always red, but they do always smell divine. They also exude luxury and are universally a symbol of love and often gifted as such. And, for very good reason, they represent beauty. You may not realize that roses actually make you more beautiful, but there is solid scientific evidence to support this.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, these plants are "any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers having five petals in the wild state but being often double or partly double under cultivation: the flower of a rose."
The Beauty Benefits of Roses
In India, a country with a population of over 1.35 billion people, rosewater is a common household item and used for a number of purposes that purport to enhance beauty, including:
- Helping to maintain skin's pH balance and control excess skin oils
- Reduction of redness and irritation, acne, dermatitis
- Cleansing the face to remove dirt and oil that clog pores
- Hydration and moisturizing skin
- Potential antibacterial properties that may help heal cuts and diminish scars
- Antioxidants that may help strengthen and regenerate skin cells and tissues
- Astringent properties that may help to tone the skin by tighteninging capillaries and reducing redness and blotchiness
- The scent of the flower is used in aromatherapy as a mood enhancer that may help alleviate anxiety
- It nourishes and moisturizes hair and is used to help with dandruff and hair growth
- Used on pillows it can help you get a better night of sleep
- It may help skin stay youthful and fresh looking
The Science Behind the Rose
According to Medical News Today, rose water, which is a mix of rose petals and water, not only has exceptional uses to enhance beauty, but is also used as a culinary delicacy, a perfume, and for medical purposes with benefits for respiratory health, wound healing, and brain function. As a skin enhancer its functions have clear cosmetic benefit.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and acts as a barrier against UV radiation, chemicals, and other physical pollutants. The antioxidants in rose water protect the cells in the skin against damage. Rose water also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can be put on the skin to soothe the irritation caused by conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Rose water acts as an inhibitor against elastase and collagenase, which are both harmful to the skin. This, in turn, can help soothe the skin and reduce redness, as well as act as an anti-aging product by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
In a study published by the National Institutes of Health, it was found that the antioxidants in rose petals may have "lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects." In particular, Rosa damascena mill L., known as Gole Mohammadi, was looked at. This is one of the most cultivated of the species of rosaceae. It is ornamental and has a rich perfume. It is also well recognized for its "several pharmacological properties including anti-HIV, antibacterial, antioxidant, antitussive, hypnotic, antidiabetic, and relaxant effect on tracheal chains have been reported for this plant."(Source).
Several components were isolated from flowers, petals and hips (seed-pot) of R. damascena including terpenes, glycosides, flavonoids, and anthocyanins (27-30). This plant contains carboxylic acid (31), myrcene (32), vitamin C (13), kaempferol and quarcetin (33). Flowers also contain a bitter principle, tanning matter, fatty oil and organic acids (34). Loghmani-Khouzani et al (2007) found more than 95 macro- and micro-components in the essential oil of R. damascena from the Kashan regions of Iran. Among them, eighteen compounds represented more than 95% of the total oil. The identified compounds were; ß-citronellol (14.5-47.5%), nonadecane (10.5-40.5%), geraniol (5.5-18%), and nerol and kaempferol were the major components of the oil (2). Analyses of rose absolute showed that phenyl ethylalcohol (78.38%), citrenellol (9.91%), nonadecane (4.35%) and geraniol (3.71%) ethanol (0.00-13.43%), and heneicosane were the major compounds (35). In another study, the composition of rose was phenyl ethylalcohol (72.73-73.80%), citrenellol (10.62-11.26%), nerol (2.42-2.47%), and geranial (5.58-5.65%) (36). Hydrosol was also found to contain four constituents; geraniol was the major compound (30.74%) followed by citrenellol (29.44%), phenyl ethylalcohol (23.74%), and nerol (16.12%). The medicinal functions of Rosaceae are partly attributed to their abundance of phenolics compound. Phenolics possess a wide range of pharmacological activities, such as antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, and antidepressant.
When added into skincare products, the petals of this amazing flower have the power to deliver some pretty remarkable results. Once you realize its benefits you may wonder why more skin care lines do not take advantage of its properties like Calysta Labs does, by incorporating it into its Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum.