Use roses to hy­drate skin, treat acne, and de­stress

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - (With in­puts by beauty ex­perts Amit Sarda and So­nia Mathur)

Roses have much more to them than their in­tox­i­cat­ing fra­grance. From be­ing a hy­dra­tor to be­ing a healer, a rose and its pe­tals have been rated highly by the well­ness and beauty in­dus­tries. Here, ex­perts list some uses:

Hy­dra­tion: Rose-in­fused wa­ter helps hy­drate, re-en­er­gise and mois­turise the skin, giv­ing it a fresh look. It helps con­trol ex­cess oil and also main­tains the skin’s pH bal­ance (a mea­sure of acid­ity or al­ka­lin­ity). Con­tain­ing a com­plex ar­ray of vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, and an­tiox­i­dants, rose es­sen­tial oil has ex­cel­lent emol­lient prop­er­ties for mois­tur­is­ing dry skin. Rose­wa­ter and lemon juice skin tonic: This tonic helps in clear­ing pim­ples and acne. Wash your face with wa­ter, fol­lowed by ap­pli­ca­tion of the tonic. Leave it on for 15 min­utes be­fore wash­ing it with warm wa­ter. This is suit­able for ei­ther com­bi­na­tion skin or oily skin.

Rose­wa­ter and al­monds face pack: This is con­sid­ered to be an ideal pack for dry skin. A paste can be pre­pared by us­ing al­monds, honey and rose­wa­ter to­gether. This facepack can be used for skin whiten­ing.

For reg­u­lar use, dip a cot­ton ball in rose wa­ter and clean the face. It acts as a nat­u­ral toner and re­moves dust and dirt from the skin. This process can be re­peated in the morn­ing and night time. Rose wa­ter can also be used in bath wa­ter. It gives the skin a glow. The gen­tle aroma of rose re­moves stress and leaves one feel­ing re­freshed.

Eye care: Rose wa­ter can al­le­vi­ate eye strain. The an­ti­sep­tic and anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties of rose wa­ter save the eyes from pol­lu­tion, dust, red­ness and harm caused by chem­i­cals in the make-up prod­ucts that one may be ac­cus­tomed to us­ing. It can also help in pre­vent­ing dark cir­cles when mixed with milk.

Hair care: If used with sham­poo on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, rose wa­ter pro­motes mois­tur­i­sa­tion and con­di­tion­ing of hair fol­li­cles. Rose wa­ter and jo­joba oil, blended to­gether, can be ap­plied on the hair for 10 min­utes be­fore wash­ing. This ef­fec­tively re­pairs dam­aged hair caused by curl­ing irons or blow dri­ers.

To get rid of frizzy hair, rose­wa­ter and aloe vera can be blended to­gether in equal pro­por­tions. Ap­ply it over your scalp prop­erly. Leave it on for 30 min­utes and wash.

Gen­eral treat­ment: Rose has an­tibac­te­rial, an­ti­fun­gal and an­tivi­ral prop­er­ties, mak­ing it ideal for top­i­cally treat­ing abra­sions, burns and skin con­di­tions. It has also been used to ease sore throats, fever and cough. Rose oil can also con­trol skin dis­eases such as pso­ri­a­sis and atopic der­mati­tis.

De­stress: In­hal­ing the aroma of roses is said to be a pow­er­ful mood en­hancer. It low­ers the con­cen­tra­tion of stress hor­mones in the body, and helps in get­ting rid from feel­ings of anx­i­ety, thereby pro­mot­ing emo­tional well-be­ing and re­lax­ation.

Anti-age­ing: Use rose­hip seed oil (de­rived from small fruits found be­hind the rose flower), which con­tains high lev­els of Vi­ta­min C and is rich in oils and pro­teins, for skin re­ju­ve­na­tion.

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