Rose hips, rose oil and rose water have been used for centuries to maintain beautiful skin. Rose essential oil was first discovered by the Persians and quickly spread throughout Asia, Europe, France and Bulgaria.
The rose is, of course, most notable for its aroma and beauty. But rose oil delivers several, powerful, benefits to the skin (and the body if ingested as a tea). There are thousands of types of roses, but there are only three that are beneficial to the skin – Rosa Damascena, Rosa Centifolia, and Rosa Gallica.
Look for these when you purchase rose essential oil and when checking the label on your next rose-infused skincare product. Rosa Damascena contains the highest level of beneficial properties for the skin – but it is also the most expensive.
Benefits of Rose and Rose Hip Oil
For centuries, ancient civilizations used rose hip oil to treat eczema, dermatitis and other skin related conditions. Rose hip oil is well known for its soothing and restorative properties, making it one of nature’s best skin repairing and rejuvenating agents.
Rose hip oil contains high concentrations of Vitamin C, oleic, linoleic and essential fatty acids. When applied to the skin topically via preparations such as rose water, masks and creams, rose essential oil can:
- Heal and control Eczema by keeping the skin moisturized and reducing inflammation, itchiness and surface roughness.
- Rose hip oil naturally promotes cell regeneration, making the skin more elastic, smoother and firmer.
- Rose hip oil replaces collagen, making aging skin look more youthful and healthier.
- Rose water makes an ideal toner for those with sensitive skin or acneic.
- Rose is a naturally occurring antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent, making it an ideal natural remedy for acneic skin – a nice (sweeter smelling) alternative to tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide.
- The anti-inflammatory and cell regenerating properties in rose hip oil makes it ideal for sun-damaged, scarred and dehydrated skin.
A tea prepared with rose hips is very beneficial for internal inflammatory conditions in the cardiovascular and digestive system. Internal inflammatory conditions are also responsible for inflammatory conditions of the skin, so an herbal tea, taken two to three times a day, can be extremely beneficial.
Pure rose hip oil can be a little pricy, but most treatments and preparations only require a few drops of the heavenly smelling essential oil – making it an affordable, natural option for a whole host of skin conditions. Try this simple, refining and rejuvenating rose mask at home (it’s suitable for all skin types) and see the difference in your skin. Stock up on these base ingredients (all are available on Amazon.com) and you will have enough for this restorative mask for a long time to come:
Refining and Rejuvenating Rose Mask
- 1 Tablespoon Dry White Kaolin Clay
- 1 Teaspoon Powdered Rose Hips
- 1 Drop Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil
- Rose Water
Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Add enough rose water to blend the mixture to a heavy, cream-like consistency.
Add one drop of Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil and mix well.
Apply the mask and allow it to set for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. Pat skin dry and finish with a light moisturizer.
For more information on rose essential oil and a list of recommended rose-infused products, read our article on Rose Oil.