There is per­haps no more lux­u­ri­ous and beau­ti­ful an in­gre­di­ent than rose, writes char­lotte j potts. Slather your­self from head to toe in our favourite skin­care prod­ucts, in­fused with the flower’s scent and prop­er­ties

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Bloomin’ Beauty

NO LONGER ARE roses saved just for gi­ant Valen­tine’s Day bou­quets. The ro­man­tic flower has crept into the world of skin­care, flaunt­ing not only an in­tox­i­cat­ing, se­duc­tive scent, but also a wealth of benefits such as an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory, scar-heal­ing and bright­en­ing prop­er­ties that suit all skin types, from the acne-prone to the ma­ture. It takes tens of thou­sands of rose blos­soms to ex­tract just one ounce of the es­sen­tial oil, making it one of the most ex­pen­sive and sought after es­sen­tial oils avail­able – but hap­pily only very scant amounts are needed to reap se­ri­ous benefits. In ad­di­tion, rose ex­tract is high in vi­ta­min C, a known stim­u­la­tor of col­la­gen, as well as mois­tur­is­ing vi­ta­min E, which helps plump fine lines and wrin­kles. It’s also the only veg­etable oil that nat­u­rally con­tains retinol, or vi­ta­min A, which helps to slow down signs of age­ing and lift dull­ness.

Skin con­di­tions such as pso­ri­a­sis and atopic der­mati­tis have been shown to re­spond well to the oil, and it can also help heal wounds. Used in a cleanser, it’s ef­fec­tive in eradicatin­g pore oil and dirt. Ex­pect lines to be soft­ened, acne scar­ring to fade, mois­ture lev­els to rise and the over­all com­plex­ion to be bright­ened and even-toned. It’s also been claimed that the rose fra­grance pro­vides mood-lift­ing and sooth­ing prop­er­ties, low­er­ing lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, as well as de­creas­ing blood pres­sure. And re­mem­ber that while rose-hip oil or rose hy­drosol pro­vides var­i­ous benefits, it’s not to be con­fused with rose es­sen­tial oil. The in­gre­di­ent has been used for thou­sands of years, so stop, smell the roses and show your skin some love.

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