Show your skin some love with four rose-tinted waters
Until I discovered Chantecaille’s Pure Rosewater ($118, at meccabeauty.co.nz), 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