The 411 on why this flo­ral beauty is more than just a pretty scent, and how hav­ing it as an in­gre­di­ent in your skin­care can ben­e­fit you in so many ways!

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Zoé Ng

How roses as a skin­care in­gre­di­ent can im­prove skin’s mois­ture.

The rose might be the eter­nal sym­bol of love and beauty, but it also has a whole plethora of other prac­ti­cal uses. For starters, this sweets­cented flower, when in­fused in skin­care, pro­vides hy­dra­tion, re­stores ra­di­ance and sup­ple­ness, and stim­u­lates col­la­gen pro­duc­tion thanks to its high vi­ta­min C and E con­tent. It also con­tains an­tiox­i­dant and an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, which re­duces red­ness and calms the skin. Rose wa­ter, for ex­am­ple, is par­tic­u­larly good at sooth­ing acne, der­mati­tis, and even eczema!

So, if you’re like us and look­ing to stop and smell the roses, then you should def­i­nitely con­sider some of our cur­rent favourites that ben­e­fit from the inclusion of this ver­sa­tile flo­ral won­der.

Sis­ley Black Rose Cream Mask,

RM560 Best for: Hy­drat­ing and plumping age­ing skin. Skin is vis­i­bly smoother. Re­stores lu­mi­nos­ity and re­duces over­all signs of age­ing and fa­tigue. How to use: Ap­ply a thick layer onto the face and neck, care­fully avoid­ing the eye area. Leave for 10 to 15 min­utes, then tis­sue off the ex­cess. Use two or three times a week.

Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil,

RM141, Sephora Best for: Girls on the go. This sil­i­cone-free fu­sion of pow­er­ful oils is ab­sorbed al­most in­stantly, leav­ing skin and hair hy­drated and dam­age-free! How to use: Work about one to three drops through wet hair and air dry; or smooth through strands af­ter a blowout to calm frizz; or ap­ply daily to the body to soften dull, dry skin and lock-in mois­ture for a dewy, ra­di­ant glow.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-re­pair Gel Mask,

RM247, Sephora Best for: Coun­ter­act­ing vis­i­ble fine lines and wrin­kles. How to use: Ap­ply a gen­er­ous amount to clean skin and leave for 10 min­utes. Use daily for max­i­mum hy­dra­tion, or re­frig­er­ate for a cool­ing treat­ment. To use as an in­ten­sive treat­ment, ap­ply a thin layer as the last step in your skin­care regime and leave overnight.

Pixi Rose Oil Blend, RM121,

Sephora Best for: Dull and de­hy­drated skin. The po­tent blend of nour­ish­ing sweet al­mond, rose­hip, jo­joba, pome­gran­ate seed and rose gera­nium oils im­proves skin’s elas­tic­ity and glow with con­tin­ued use. How to use: Mas­sage two to three drops onto clean skin morn­ing and night. For a hy­dra­tion boost, add one or two drops to your daily mois­turiser be­fore ap­ply­ing.

Melvita Or­ganic Rose Flo­ral Wa­ter,

RM138 Best for: Dry skin (in­clud­ing af­ter-sun care), be­cause it is deeply mois­tur­is­ing.

How to use: Soak a cot­ton wool pad and ap­ply to the face twice a day to tone the com­plex­ion. Do not rinse. You can spritz it on through­out the day for a quick hy­dra­tion boost, or to re­fresh your skin.

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hi­bis­cus Hy­drat­ing Face Mist (120ml),

RM77, Sephora Best for: Ton­ing, hy­drat­ing and soften­ing all skin types. Also re­duces red­ness and in­flam­ma­tion. How to use: Shake be­fore spritz­ing. We rec­om­mend it af­ter cleans­ing and be­fore mois­tur­is­ing.

Belif Rose Gemma Con­cen­trate Oil,

RM270 Best for: Skin that needs a ra­di­ant boost. Made from nat­u­ral oils and real rose petals, it’s also great as a mois­turiser for very dry skin.

How to use: All you need is one or two drops with some clean wa­ter to fin­ish off your cleans­ing rou­tine or mix in two to three drops with your toner, essence or cream for bet­ter hy­dra­tion. You can ap­ply a 2:1 ra­tio in your makeup for a smoother ap­pli­ca­tion with a dewy fin­ish or add three to four drops in your bath to pam­per your body.

Fresh Rose Deep Hy­dra­tion Face Cream,

RM210, Sephora Best for: Nour­ish­ing and hy­drat­ing nor­mal to dry skin.

How to use: Ap­ply this cream twice a day to the face and neck.

Ae­sop A Rose by Any Other Name Body Cleanser (200ml),

RM80 Best for: Gen­tly cleans­ing skin. How to use: Dis­pense a gen­er­ous amount into hands or onto a sea sponge. Mas­sage and lather over damp skin, then rinse thor­oughly.

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