Harness the skin-kind properties of rose, rosewater and rosehip oil in these beauty buys.
The beautiful scent alone is enough to make us want to bathe in rose, but it’s not the only reason beauty brands dose their creams with the delicate flower. Rose essential oil – which is yielded from the blossoms – contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that hold benefits for dry, acneic and sensitive skin types.
Such a raft of nourishing abilities is owed to rose essential oil’s emollient, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. While the former makes a drop of the stuff a dream for tight, dehydrated pores, the latter two tend to redness and blemishes in the most gentle of ways.
Don’t, however, confuse rose essential oil with rosehip seed oil; though they’re both entirely nourishing, they take two different approaches to treating skin. Rosehip is resplendent in Vitamin C, naturally contains age-proofing retinol, and is therefore more frequently found in potent wrinkle fighting creams.
Meanwhile, rosewater, or rose hydrosol, is often found in cleansing
waters and toners to deliver glow-boosting, soothing vitamins to your
skin. Supremely refreshing, the elixir works well in a mist to temper
stuffy skin, ply pores with radiance and calm with its aromatherapy
With these plentiful perks in mind, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best rose-infused beauty buys, from a glistening body oil to a multi-tasking mask. Keep clicking for the rosy edit…
Part foundation, part moisturiser, Korres Wild Rose Colour-Correcting Cream SPF30
is a radiance-boosting formula that covers imperfections, brightens dark spots and prevents further damage to your skin with a healthy dose of sunscreen. Drenched in Rose Oil it gets to work rehydrating skin instantly, a must-have for any make-up bag.
The Duchess of Cambridge is said to be a fond of this organic facial oil, which she was introduced to whilst pregnant with Princess Charlotte. Laden with natural skin-plumping fatty acids and reparative Vitamin E, it's clinically proven to decrease the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by 23%. Impressive stats aside, it's also a wonder at nourishing rough patches of skin, depleting dullness and improving the appearance of scars.
A nourishing blend of soothing rosewater, youth-boosting macadamia nut oil and rejuvenating sea algae, Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Therapy Hand Cream is a vitamin rich beauty shot for dry and tired hands. Apply day and night for soft hand skin and strong nails.
We especially love the leafy top notes that smell like spring on a dew-drenched morning.
Why should your face have all the fun? Ply your limbs with the scent and benefits of Moroccan Rose in this wonderfully lavish hair and body oil. In a spray flacon for easy application, it veils parched legs with a flattering sheen that offers a tan-enhancing effect when focussed down the centre of your shins. Meanwhile, Rosa Damascena Oil mingles with Moroccan Argan Oil to restore embattled skin back to its best - a veritable post-holiday must.
It's hard to believe that a mist so light could make such marked changes in your skin, but follow your cleanse with Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and you'll soon notice the difference. As well as an immediate burst of freshness and fragrance intertwined, it hydrates and balances skin, leaving it soft and supple before you've even applied face cream.
By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur is a buttery treat of a balm. The thick slippery texture is in favour of a formula that's cosseting yet satisfyingly light. The subtle tint envelops mouths in a kiss of colour - from a deep, autumnal plum to a glow-giving coral - plus a thwack of pampering rose flower essential wax for extra hydration.
For sensitive skins, removing makeup and cleansing can leave pores looking red and ravaged, which is where the softness of rose becomes the golden ticket ingredient. Remarkably soothing, a face pad dowsed in Nuxe's softening micellar water with rose petals sweeps away makeup and grime while keeping moisture well intact.
More of a dewy rose than a heady, musky floral, this cream creates an indulgent lather that gently cleanses and hydrates sensitive skin. It's rare that a wash for fragile pores can offer such a pretty, lingering fragrance, but this ticks both boxes - and you can buy it while doing the food shop at M&S.