Roses have always been known to exude feelings of romance, luxury and sensuality. From self care regimes to finding its place in the kitchen, this magic potion boosts several benefits and is remarkably versatile. So, it isn’t strange to find rose water a staple in every Indian household. The sweet aroma of roses is highly distinct and very calming. So, even if you have oily, dry, or a combination skin type, rose water can be easily incorporated into your skincare regime.
The popularity of rose water dates back to early Egypt when Cleopatra (yes, you heard that right!) used it as a secret beauty weapon for her ever-glowing skin. So, it really makes sense to follow the footsteps of the world’s most legendary beauty queen.
Health Shots got in touch with Dr Kiran Sethi, a skin and wellness expert, to know how to make rose water at home and its myriad benefits.
Steps to make rose water at home
Here’s a step-by-step guide by Dr Sethi for a DIY rose water recipe without the use of chemicals.
1. Take 2 or 3 flowers for 1 cup of fresh petals or 1/4th cup of dried petals.
2. Take clean rose petals and place them in a pot.
Pour enough distilled water on top so that it covers the rose petals. Don’t overfill the pot.
3. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 30 minutes or until the water is light pink, and the petals have lost their colour.
4. Let it cool completely and strain it, and put it in a spray bottle.
5. Put it in the fridge, don’t keep it very long, and use it within 5-7 days.
Beauty benefits of rose water
Rose water is widely used for skincare purposes. It helps to maintain the skin’s natural pH balance. Rose water is very soothing on every skin type, and so it helps in maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. Alongside this, it also controls excess sebum production on the skin.
1. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties
Rose water boosts several anti-inflammatory properties that can help with various skin issues such as redness of irritated skin, dermatitis and eczema. Rose water is also considered good to treat acne. It also acts as a great cleanser and toner that can remove accumulated oil and dirt from clogged pores.
2. It can hydrate and revitalize the skin
Whenever your skin gives a dull or weary look, you can spritz rose water to hydrate, revitalize and moisturize the skin to give it a refreshed look.
3. Anti-bacterial properties
Rose water has antibacterial properties that can help in healing scars, wounds and cuts.
4. Rose water can be used as a toner
Rose water is a great astringent for the skin that can help clean pores and tone the skin. applying rose water on cleansed skin can tighten capillaries and minimize redness and any blotches
5. Has a very calming aroma
The soft scent of rose water is known to be a powerful mood enhancer. It soothes the nerves and helps curb feelings of stress or anxiety whilst promoting emotional well-being. Rose water if sprayed on your pillow can help you sleep better after a hectic day, making you wake up feeling rejuvenated.
6. Hair benefits
Rose water is known to enhance the quality of your hair and can treat mild scalp inflammations and dandruff. It also does wonders as a natural conditioner and strengthens hair growth.