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
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.