Roses are arguably the universal symbol not only of love, but beauty too. But did you know that these iconic Valentine flowers are not only one of the most sought after for flower arrangements, but for their actual beauty benefits as well?
Believe it or not, roses can do almost anything a woman wants to her face – reduce redness, puffiness, wrinkles, the list goes on and on. As evident by countless commercial beauty and skincare products on the market today that use roses as a main ingredient, roses got a lot of excellent benefits to offer in this department.
For a fact, roses have potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant moisturizing, hydrating, relaxing properties, making them a wonderful part of any regimen. From dryness, to acne, rosacea (or redness), eczema – you name it.
Ready to treat your pores to an au naturel pampering and skin makeover? Check out these easy do-it-yourself beauty recipes (and clever ways to repurpose your rose flower arrangements next Valentines) you can try at home:
1. Rose Petal Face Pack
Mix fresh (or dried) rose petals with water, orange peel, rose water, milk, oatmeal, yogurt, and honey. Apply it on your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse. Do this once a week as part of your regular beauty routine and reap the benefits of a radiant and younger-looking skin in an instant.
2. Rose Water Toner
Simply add a generous bunch of rose petals into two cups of boiling water. Let it boil and simmer to allow the juices and nutrients to seep into the water. Allow it to cool down after a few minutes. Get a cheesecloth and use that to squeeze out excess water from the rose petals and to strain solid particles from your rosewater, and voila! You’re good to go.
Keep your rosewater in a spray bottle, so you can take it anywhere you go and just spray on a cotton ball whenever you need to. Aside from treating pimples and acne, but rose water can also be a good remedy for sunburn, a soothing drink to help heal sore throat, and a creative and deliciously healthy alternative to soda.
3. Rose Petal Bath Spa
After a hard day’s work, you and your skin deserve a relaxing and luxurious bath. Soak in the tub filled with roses, and come out smelling great and with calmer spirit, senses, and of course, skin pores too.
All you need to do is combine Epsom salt, baking soda, rose petals, and rose essential oil or rose water, which you can make on your own (check out the DIY instructions above). Epsom salt in particular is regarded for its ability to flush out harmful toxins in the body and reduce inflammation. But all these ingredients combined produce a synergistic effect and benefit of reducing stress, getting rid of dead skin cells, and softening the skin. Really soft skin, you might want to think twice about using a loofah or pumice.
A bonus tip:
Remember, the skin absorbs everything you put in it. When picking roses for your beauty recipes, always go for chemical-free, preferably organic choices to avoid the risks of running into the harmful effects of pesticides, insecticides, or whatnot.
Apparently, flowers don't only lend their beauty to your space, but to your face as well.