Rose water has a royal ring to it. With its gentle aroma, soothing properties, and benefits that go beyond cosmetics, ‘Gulab Ka Paani’ or ‘Gulab Jal’ is a product that boasts a league of its own.
Rose water is known to have originated from Iran and has been used for ages and through the Middle Ages. There, it was popularly known as ‘Rosa Damascena’ or ‘Dusk Rose’. For the Iranians, it represented love, purity, faith, and beauty.
Today rose water is a cult favourite and an absolute beauty essential. Its endless benefits, including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, have earned it the stature of a magic potion. The fact that it works on all skin types makes it even more versatile and sought-after.
It is no wonder then that this fragrant tonic water is highly regarded as a remarkable ingredient in cosmetics. Besides cosmetic benefits, it works well to give certain health benefits. This ancient ingredient has a lot to offer. Right from skincare to wellness, rose water is a miracle waiting to happen. It has a treasure trove of benefits, and we’ve unearthed some of the best gems for you.
1. The perfect splash
With the super busy lives we lead, we rarely invest the time to take care of our skin. Dry skin, fine lines, and other skin problems begin to sprout faster than we can imagine. A simple act of spraying rose water can rejuvenate your skin and give it the perk-me-up it needs. This soothing potion with its mild, delightful fragrance is sure to give you an instant lift. This also makes for a perfect midday splash, especially if the climate is humid. You can add a few drops of this magic potion to your moisturizer or use it as is as a Face Mist.
2. Soothes razor burns
If you are one of those who use razors to shave, then you are likely to have experienced a razor burn. In some cases, even a nasty rash and/or irritation. In that case, rose water is the perfect solution. Spritz some on the affected area to soothe inflammation and enjoy skin that feels refreshed and healed.
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3. Restores pH balance
Rose water has a low pH of 5.5 that helps maintain the skin’s pH balance. Moreover, this magic potion also contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties that are excellent for the skin. It helps control excess sebum (oil) and works wonders for oily skin. Splash some of this soothing pick-me-up on your face and give your skin a much-needed boost of freshness.
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4. Reduces skin redness
One of the most potent components of rose water is its anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, if you have any skin irritation or redness like dermatitis, rosacea, or eczema, rose water will help control it. It also has antibacterial properties that make it a go-to product to reduce acne, scars, and wounds.
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5. Works as a toner and makeup remover
Rose water works wonderfully as a natural toner because it contains astringent properties that help de-clog pores and clean dirt and impurities off the skin. Moreover, it also helps prevent blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. It cleanses gently, hydrates, and nourishes skin which makes it the perfect makeup remover.
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6. Keeps skin youthful
This miracle of a product is packed with antioxidants that help reduce wrinkles and plump fine lines. Staking its claim as an anti-ageing ingredient, rose water can be found in many products not just to combat ageing but also to soothe and refresh the skin.
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7. Reduces puffiness under the eyes
If you find that your eyes look tired or puffy, don’t panic. Simply take a cotton pad and dip it in rose water. Place it on your eyes for 10 minutes. It will not only reduce the puffiness but will also calm your eyes, and give them a jolt of freshness.
Isn’t it good to know that you can use rose water every day? It works on all skin types and perks up your tired skin, leaving it magnificently perfumed. But there’s more to it than the above-mentioned skin benefits.
Some interesting trivia
Bye-bye headaches: Rose water and rose essential oil are aromatherapy favourites. They help de-stress and reduce headaches. If you do come down with a heavy head, dip any compress in rose water and keep it on your head. Relax and feel the headache vanish.
Reduces digestion problems: Rose water works well on digestive problems. It improves bile secretion, can curb reflux, and also is known as a laxative. Sipping rose water can also reduce an upset stomach and bloating. Ayurveda says that rose water is effective in balancing the pittas. Especially recommended in summers, it is known to balance the body heat.
Powerful antioxidants: Rose water contains potent antioxidants that prevent cell damage. It makes for a strong protective shield for cell protection.
Takes care of hair: Rose water is a mild astringent that controls excess sebum production. It also has healing, hydrating, moisturizing, and conditioning properties that ensure healthy, luminous hair. This all-rounder of a product also contains antibacterial components that help treat minor scalp infections and reduce dandruff. Use rose water as a final rinse for a boost of shine.
Boosts a happy mood: If you’re feeling stressed and low, the wonder of rose water will change it all. That’s because it contains potent anti-depressant properties that relax the nerves by reducing anxiety and stress. It also promotes a feeling of well-being to a great extent. According to Ayurveda, rose water has a positive effect on our mental health too. It alleviates our emotional quotient and works its magic all the way. Just spritz a few drops on your wrist and neck and watch the stress melt away.
Makes for a great brew: You can also enjoy a happy cup of tea with rose water. Simply add a handful of rose petals (thoroughly cleaned and washed) to your pot of green tea. It not only tastes delicious but is also known to help in digestion and even soothe a sore throat.
Indulge your skin in the tender loving care of rose water. Let it revel in the joyous wonder of being pampered and soothed as this miracle water works its magic. Trust us, it won’t disappoint. This beauty companion is here to stay and make your skin look and feel good every day.
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