The mighty rose: it’s a symbol of love, of elegance, of purity. And what it does for our hearts, at least, in the spiritual sense, it does for our skin, most literally. Rose oil (rosa damscena) is a potent yet gentle skin tonic with numerous benefits.
You won’t mistake rose for any other scent. Its lush fragrance is embedded into our brains, and even the slightest whiff has an immediately calming and grounding effect. And if you detect a rose scent in skincare (or hair care) products, make no mistake, it’s not there just for its aromatic benefits. Rose oil is prized for its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic benefits to your skin.
First and foremost, rose’s scent has a number of benefits to our health. It’s a mild antidepressant, a potent aphrodisiac, nerve-calming, and even helps to relieve menstrual cramps—all just from its scent! No wonder it’s such a prized botanical.
Rose oil can also be used topically to treat wounds—it can prevent infection and speed the healing process.
Because rose oil is anti-inflammatory, it calms the skin—from the slight to the serious conditions, like eczema and psoriasis. It also moisturizes, and helps to ready the skin for other products, too, making it a useful and practical tool in your beauty regimen. And, just like its scent, rose oil is highly potent, so you don’t need a ton of it, either—and who doesn’t love an added value on a high-quality ingredient?
But what’s perhaps best about rose oil is that it works on virtually every single skin type. It combats dryness, oiliness, sensitive skin. It can help speed healing, reduce acne blemishes, and may even make you look, well, as delicate and beautiful as a rose.
Rosehips, the bulb of the rose that you often find after the flowers have bloomed, is also a potent skin ingredient that you’ve likely seen in numerous skin care products. While that doesn’t have the fragrance of the pure rose oil, it does do wonders for the skin, too. Rosehip oil contains vitamins A, C and E, essential fatty acids (linolenic, linoleic, and oleic acid), stearic acid, and palmitic acid.Carotenoids, flavonoids, and trans-retinoic acid. In other words: compounds your skin loves.
Ah, yes, a rose by any other name…would still be one amazing flower.
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