Rose water is my all time favourite toner!
But it’s not just fabulous as a toner…..oh no….It’s uses and benefits are tremendous, from the food industry for sweets, desserts and condiments, to the cosmetic industry for skincare and perfumes.
Unlike the man made almost sickly sweet rose scent, pure rose water has a luxurious and subtle scent, It’s texture is soft and almost silky with a gentleness that feels kind, soothing and nourishing.
It’s benefits are vast from strengthening your skins cells to rejuvenating your tissues, it has a natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, not to mention it’s full of anti-oxidants and vitamins.
Rose water is excellent for all skin types, it’ll sooth irritated and sensitive skins, soften mature and dry skins, balance congested and oily skins, in general, nourish and benefit everyone.
The science part (very briefly)- Rose water is the watery by-product that remains once rose petals have been distilled by steam to make rose essential oil.
If you can, buy rose water organically produced and pure, thats when you will reap most of it’s benefits.
As a toner – after cleansing, apply some rose water to cotton pads, then gently wipe all over your face, eyes, neck and decollate. As a toner rose water will cleanse your face, slow the ageing process down and nourish your skin.
Or why not treat your eyes to a soothing compress – If you want you can first cool your rose water a little by placing it in the fridge for 20 minutes to half an hour.
Soak two cotton pads in your rose water, lay back and place them on your eyes gently pushing them in place.
You can do this either in the bath, or on your bed with some relaxing music or if you do any meditation/ relaxation, this is also great to do if you’ve put a face mask on.
Lay back and relax for 15-20 minutes, then remove the pads and moisturise your eye as normal.
This is a great treat for puffy, sensitive, tired eyes, it’ll nourish the delicate skin around your eyes whilst uplifting and soothing your senses.
An indulgent, nourishing and soothing bath – Light some candles, run a bath and add one and a half to two cups of rose water, you can also add some rose petals (if you have any rose flowers which are just starting to die) Lay back and let the delicate scent sooth your mind while the water nourishes your skin.