Show your skin some love with four rose-tinted wa­ters

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Un­til I dis­cov­ered Chante­caille’s Pure Rose­wa­ter ($118, at mec­ca­, fa­cial mists seemed like too much faff. As a beauty ed­i­tor, I know spray­ing per­fumed wa­ter on my face could be ask­ing for trou­ble since any fra­grance can be ir­ri­tat­ing. I also know that though rose­hips con­tain skin-ben­e­fit­ing vi­ta­min C, once they are pro­cessed and blended into skin­care, their good­ness can be com­pro­mised. But this lovely clear bot­tle con­tains a liq­uid that when sprayed on the skin feels sooth­ing, hy­drat­ing, re­gen­er­a­tive and smells ... well, it smells just like sum­mer.

As a fra­grance, rose can be po­lar­is­ing. You ei­ther adore it or re­gard it as sac­cha­rine — a sen­ti­ment re­in­forced by the fact that rose-based prod­ucts are usu­ally touted around Valen­tine’s Day. It’s also not par­tic­u­larly help­ful that skin­care ex­perts seem to be di­vided in their opin­ion of it. Cos­met­ics Cop Paula Be­goun sniffily calls it, “eau de cologne for the face”; noted Bev­erly Hills der­ma­tol­o­gist and founder of the beauty la­bel Sk­inxFive, Ava Sham­ban, lauds it for its “an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory and an­ti­sep­tic heal­ing prop­er­ties”. When the an­cient Greeks com­bined petals with olive oil to make the first rose­based skin­care, they set a trend that would last for cen­turies. De­spite its con­tra­dic­tori­ness, rose­wa­ter has re­mained a skin­care stal­wart. One of the lat­est prod­ucts to cap­i­talise on its ro­mance is Jurlique’s Rose­wa­ter Bal­anc­ing Mist In­tense Deluxe Edi­tion 2018 ($87). Won­der­ing about the date in the ti­tle? So pop­u­lar are rose­wa­ter mists with Jurlique’s cus­tomers that one is sold ev­ery two min­utes and the Aussie brand re­leases a new in­car­na­tion each year. With in­gre­di­ents har­vested by hand at an or­ganic farm in the Ade­laide hills, this new botan­i­cal blend is ex­tracted from four roses and a hibis­cus, also known as the China Rose. It’s sooth­ing, re­fresh­ing and hy­drat­ing and de­signed to be sprayed on the skin af­ter cleans­ing, like toner (keep it in the fridge when the weather is par­tic­u­larly hot). But it’s also par­tic­u­larly good to use dur­ing the day, es­pe­cially if you work in an air-con­di­tioned of­fice. A very light spritz won’t dis­lodge makeup if you leave it to dry with­out touch­ing your face — but it will stop your skin from feel­ing parched. If your budget isn’t big, try Na­tio’s Rose­wa­ter Drench Min­eral Face Mist ($17.50). With rose­wa­ter, vi­ta­min C and hyaluronate, it dis­perses gen­tly and evenly to pro­vide last­ing hy­dra­tion. And for a change try Inika Mi­cel­lar Cleans­ing Rose­wa­ter ($34). Though not ex­actly a spritz, this gen­tle prod­uct looks like wa­ter, feels like wa­ter, but cleanses in a way that wa­ter never could. Tracey Strange

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