Roses are undeniably a thing of beauty. And it’s fitting that they have also become an indispensable part of skincare and beauty products too. Known for their soothing antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, roses are a popular natural treatment for acne, burns, and dry skin.
Look out for rosehip seed oil, rose water, rose distillate, and/or rose essential oil to identify them in your products!
What can roses do for my body?
- Get rid of bacteria, acne and extra oil with their antibacterial properties.
- Reduce redness and soothe irritation/ rosacea/ eczema on your face and body due to their anti-inflammatory nature.
- Rejuvenate and heal your skin overnight so you always wake up with smooth, plumped, and glowing skin.
- Boost your skin with a strong dose of Vitamin C and antioxidants into your skin, preventing and protecting your skin from sun damage.
- Lock moisture into your skin and moisturise it thoroughly.
- Relax your mind with its delicate floral fragrance.
- As a natural and mild astringent, roses also refine your pores and leave you with a glowy complexion.
- Roses are also a popular ingredient in anti-ageing skincare, as they prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
Best rosehip seed oil and rose water products to add to your skincare regime
1. Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water in Rose
This. THIS. If you’re looking for a more natural and skin-friendly replacement for your micellar water, this is it. This is similar in function to that of Beauty Water, except it is fast surpassing Beauty Water for me.
With a more friendly ingredient list with no parabens, and a beautiful classic rose water scent, the Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water in Rose is really a perfect way to incorporate roses into your skincare routine.
Use as a mild cleanser to remove surface makeup before the gym/ yoga, or even as a first step cleanser. I like to use this as a cleansing water in the morning, especially when my face is feeling too sensitive for a wash. At night, I use this to remove my surface makeup, and then follow with double cleansing after exercise.
The Neogen Real Flower Cleansing Water also comes in Calendula for more sensitive skin, but the rose version is definitely more popular. I find it very gentle and soothing on my sensitive skin, so no worries there! Find both versions on Shopee.
2. SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick
OK. I’ve talked about this so much that I’m starting to repeat myself here, but please don’t get me wrong — This SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick (affectionately known in Reddit circles as MRCS) is my ultimate ride or die cleanser.
At a skin-friendly pH of 5.5, this cleansing stick is the cleanser of your dreams. It creates beautiful milky rose scented foam, contains a fusion of rose oil, rose petals, and fermented rose ingredients, and best of all — it’s in a solid stick form so it’s great for travel.
Use as a 2nd step cleanser after your oil. This doubles up as a 1st step oil cleanser too, so if you’re in a pinch, you can just cleanse twice with this!
Find the beautiful SU:M37 MRCS on Shopee.
3. Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask in Rose
This mask uses a ton of botanicals, and rose water one of the star ingredients here. Known for its brightening, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the rose juice in this mask is good for restoring radiance.
I like this mask because it’s not too heavy, and does brighten and soften my skin. It’s a perfect choice for you if you’re starting out with using roses in your skincare, or if you’re looking for a light, daily use mask that will give you velvety-smooth, glowing skin!
Use after your cleansing, exfoliating, toning, essence and serum steps. This mask absorbs like a dream, so after removing it, simply pat in the remaining essence gently and follow up with rosehip seed oil or your favourite night cream.
4. Rosehip seed oil
I made my foray into rose products with rosehip seed oil. If there’s anything that rosehip seed oil can do well, it’s healing. I apply this to scars, healing pimples, dry patches, and there’s hardly a night that goes by that I don’t use a few drops of rosehip seed oil right before my night cream/ sleeping mask.
I find it an incredibly powerful skincare product that keeps my dry, sensitive skin in check, and guarantees I wake up with glowing, plumped and soothed skin.
Use a few drops right before your last skincare step at night. You can also add 2-3 drops of rosehip seed oil into your favourite moisturiser for added hydration. What I love about rosehip seed oil is that as a dry oil, it absorbs really quickly, so you won’t have to live with a sticky film on the surface of your face all day/ night.
Bonus round: I love using rosehip seed oil as a cuticle oil too.
There are a ton of different rosehip seed oil brands out there, ranging from as low as $8 to $100. I find that unless you find something direly wrong with the cheaper options, you don’t have to go too high-end with your rosehip seed oil — just make sure the cold extraction process is sound, and that there aren’t any weird preservatives or additives in your oil.
This $8 Life-Flo one from iHerb is good enough for me, and I am probably on my 10th bottle or so. If you’re looking for alternatives, Trilogy makes a very popular rosehip seed oil, and so does The Ordinary.
5. Rose petals and rosewater facial mist
Whenever I become a fan of an ingredient (and this happens more than you would think), my first priority would be to find it in a mist form. This is because facial mists are more than just cooling sprays — they go a long way to layer on moisture during the day and continue protecting our skin from pollution, dirt, UV damage, and also from drying out.
Rosewater was my first ever mist. I find that it makes for the most soothing and refreshing mist after yoga or exercise, and I still find myself going back to my rosewater mist when I’m looking for something that will soothe irritated skin.
Use liberally on your face anytime you feel dryness/ irritation, or if you just feel like smelling roses. I like getting my rosewater mists on iHerb, where most products are cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and free from harmful chemicals.
Glow tip: You can use rosewater on its on as a mist, or you can add it to aloe juice, glycerin, and other oils to make your own facial mist! I’ll be back with some recipes for your own DIY facial mist soon.
Until then, get yourself some rose skincare products for a low maintenance, undeniable ‘rose glow’ (sorry, couldn’t resist)!