Every year in the second part of May, the Rose Water festival is held in the city of Kashan, the hub of the great Mohammadi Rose. At this time, about 80,000 tourists gather to watch the people of Iran participate in the picking and preparing of rosewater, an Iranian tradition dating back some 2,500 years. Is there anything this stuff doesn’t do?
Benefits of Rosewater
Here are just some of the amazing things rosewater can do for you.
- Using rosewater helps skin maintain a healthy pH balance, decreasing the effects of aging and controlling excessive oil.
- Rosewater’s anti ‘inflammatory properties can help reduce redness caused skin irritation and help to clear dermatitis, acne and eczema. Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, skincare expert, recommends rose water as a cleanser that aids in “removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.”
- Rose water can be used as a moisturizer, helping to hydrate and revitalize skin.
- Because of its antioxidant properties, rose water can strengthen skin cells and help to regenerate skin tissue.
- The antibacterial properties of rose water can be used to promote the healing of cuts, wounds, and scars.
- Rosewater can be a powerful astringent, helping to clean pores and tone skin. Apply after steaming for reduced redness and tightened capillaries.
- The spritz. Dehli based makeup artist Mrignaina Kumar ensures, “A great way to use rosewater is by spritzing it on your face. Rosewater can also be sprayed over makeup to work as a makeup setting product. Fill and empty spray bottle for a refreshing application. (This is what Behati Prinsloo was seen doing on the airplane trip on her way to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London!)
- The Cleanse. To make a cleanser suitable for all skin types, mix a few drops of glycerine to one tablespoon of rosewater and apply it to your face after washing.
- To Wake Up Tired Eyes and as a facial toner… To get instant puffy eye shrinkage, soak a cotton ball with chilled rose water and apply to affected area. Do the same to another cotton ball and apply to your skin to tighten pores and tone.
- To banish acne. Dr. Rahul Nagar, dermatologist, recommends this recipe for pimple banishment. “Mix 1 tbsp of rose water, apply it on skin and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash with water and reap the benefits.”
- Makeup Remover. Hailed as “the best makeup remover ever,” try adding a few drops of coconut oil to rosewater for facial cleansing, It will do wonders to nourish your skin while getting rid of excess cosmetic residue.
- Untan. If you are looking to undo the effects of your last adventure in the sun, simply combine rosewater with lemon juice and two tbsp of gram flour to make a paste. Leave on skin for 15 minutes and watch your burn fade.
- For relaxation. Rosewater! Take me away! Mix almond oil with rose water for some extra bath time indulgence and stress relief.
Let us know how your rosewater experience went! We love to hear it!