Rose water has become one of the most valued natural ingredients for many women, mainly thanks not only to its delicate aroma and wonderful fragrance. It has also done so thanks to the different benefits and qualities it provides when used regularly, and especially because it is a one hundred percent natural ingredient, which we can also easily learn to prepare at home.
As far as skin care is concerned, it is always much more interesting to use ingredients that have a natural origin, such as botanical ingredients. And if the product, moreover, has been obtained and made from organic and/or ecological ingredients, the result could be even better, as well as safer for our own skin. And it is that, as you surely know, any organic food or product is one in which no chemical substances have been used to obtain it. In other words, organic farming is a form of agriculture that tends to pay more attention to nature, which translates into fewer chemical products present in the earth, such as artificial fertilizers, a longer life wildlife and biodiversity,
For this reason, both when buying beauty products in stores, and when making our own beauty product at home, it is essential to try not only to contain as many natural ingredients as possible, but also to opt for those that come from ecological origin (whenever possible). And where can we find them? Organic beauty products can be found in the main beauty shops and herbalists; In fact, there are more and more stores aware of this, who know that their customers prefer to use more and more natural products. And, in the case of the ingredients to prepare a beauty recipe, such as the case of our rose water tonic, in herbalists and in markets where foods of ecological / organic origin are sold.
What is rose water and what does it consist of?
Rose water consists of a wonderful liquid that is obtained from the distillation of rose petals with the help of steam. It is characterized by having a fairly pleasant fragrance, which is why it is usually used as a soft fragrance, and also completely natural, useful as an alternative to perfumes and fragrances full of chemical substances and ingredients.
Did you know that the use of rose water has been used for millennia? There is even evidence that it was used in the Middle Ages, although historians suspect that it may have originated in what is now Iran. Specifically, its long tradition is believed to come from both Iran and other parts of the Middle East, dating back to the 7th century. In addition, there is also some evidence that some North American Indian tribes use it to treat a wide variety of ailments and health problems.
Since then, it has been used both in beauty products and in the production of certain recipes. And mainly because of something in particular: the different benefits it provides for health, and not just for the skin.
How to make rose water toner (basic recipe):
The rose water toner becomes an excellent natural option when it comes to deep cleansing the skin. In fact, it stands out as a wonderful natural cleanser, helping to remove dirt and oil from the pores, acting as a pleasant facial toner that, in addition to a wide variety of very interesting benefits, also provides an excellent aroma, to as well as relaxing.
What do you need:
- organic roses (between 5 to 7 stems, although you can use as many as you want), and 1.5 liters of distilled water.
Start by removing the rose petals from the stems and put them under tap water in order to remove any traces of dirt and other debris. It is better to do it with lukewarm water, but never with hot water, to avoid spoiling them before preparing the rosewater tonic.
Now add the rose petals to a large pot and cover with enough distilled water, enough to cover the petals (with the amount we have indicated, it is best to use at least 1.5 liters of distilled water).
Let the preparation simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the rose petals have lost their color, and have turned a rather pale pink color.
After the time, strain the mixture in order to separate the petals from the water of the tonic itself. To finish, discard or remove the rose petals and place the resulting water in a glass jar where it can be kept in the fridge for a long time.
However, if you’re in a hurry and want to make a quick rosewater toner, simply combine all the ingredients in a small spray bottle (effectively including the rose petals themselves and enough distilled water to fill bottle), close and shake well. Finally, reserve it or also keep it in the fridge for a few months.
How to make rose water toner according to your skin type:
Although the rosewater toner recipe that we have proposed in the previous section can be used for any type of skin, it is always possible to choose to make a specific rosewater toner based on the type of skin we have, so that, for its preparation, we will exclusively use certain ingredients that will provide interesting qualities depending on the skin for which it will be used. Take note.
Rose water toner for oily or acne-prone skin
Green tea is a natural ingredient with anti-inflammatory qualities, useful for calming skin redness, and also for reducing acne breakouts. Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, helps bring back and restore the skin’s pH level to a more normal level.
What you need: ¾ cup of green tea, ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, ½ cup of distilled water and ¼ cup of rose water.
We will start by preparing the tea in the same way that you usually prepare it to drink it. To do this, put the water in a saucepan over the heat and let it heat up, but without boiling. Then, when it has reached the boiling point, remove from the heat and immerse a green tea bag in it, until it reaches room temperature. Now discard the tea bag, add the apple cider vinegar, distilled water and rose water. Mix well, and pour it all into a glass bottle, or a small spray bottle.
How to use it: You only have to apply it with the help of a cotton ball if you have chosen to add this facial toner in a glass jar or bottle, or by spraying it on your face if you have preferred to store it in a spray bottle. Regardless of whether you have chosen one option or another, you should keep it in the fridge for a maximum of 10 days.
Rose water toner for sensitive skin
On this occasion we will learn how to make an ideal rosewater toner for sensitive skin, but with only two ingredients: dried rosebuds and distilled water. It is enough to soothe irritated or overly sensitive skin.
What you need: ½ cup of dried rosebuds and distilled water.
Heat a little of the distilled water in a saucepan over the heat, but without boiling, just heat slightly. Then pour the water over the rosebuds, cover, and let sit for about 1-2 hours. Then, after this time, strain to separate the rosebuds from the rosewater tonic itself. And pour it into a glass bottle, keeping it in the fridge for a maximum of 10 days.
How to use: It is recommended to use this rose water toner for sensitive skin on the skin of the face twice a day after the use of the cleanser, and before applying the moisturizer.
Rose water toner for dry skin
If you have dry skin, this rosewater toner recipe is ideal, since in its preparation we will only use rosewater and geranium essential oil, which provides ideal nourishing and moisturizing qualities for dry skin.
What you need: Rose water and geranium essential oil.
We will start by making our rose water, since on this occasion it is essential for the preparation of our tonic for sensitive skin. To do this, you simply have to follow the recipe that we have proposed in the next sections. Once you have made it, you only have to add a few drops of geranium essential oil. As we have mentioned, it is ideal on this occasion because it helps to provide and achieve greater hydration. Then simply pour it into a glass bottle, or a small spray bottle, and keep it in the fridge for a maximum of 10 days.
How to use it: Remember to shake the glass bottle or spray bottle well before using this facial toner. Simply apply it with the help of a cotton ball or pad, after applying the deep cleanser, or by misting your face with a little toner. To finish, follow with the moisturizer.
Other Wonderful Rosewater Facial Toner Recipes
Rose water toner with witch hazel
The truth is that using rose petals and distilled water as a base, and adding other natural and botanical ingredients, it is perfectly possible to make other rose water facial toners with even greater benefits and properties, since their qualities are completed to perfection with the rest of the ingredients that we add to the basic recipe that we have prepared previously.
What you need: ¼ cup witch hazel, ¼ cup rose water, 5 drops rose essential oil.
Combine all the ingredients in a jar or spray bottle, if possible made of glass (if it is made of plastic, nothing happens, but the ideal is to always try to keep it in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight). Finally close the lid, and shake well so that both ingredients are combined as much as possible.
To finish, keep in the fridge. This will help not only to keep it better, but it will also help it to be quite fresh when applied, thus providing an even more pleasant sensation when spraying it on the skin of the face, or when applying it with the help of a cotton ball.
Rose water toner with fresh lemon juice
Another way to learn how to prepare our rosewater toner is by using a little fresh lemon juice, which in turn provides some certainly different benefits, especially if we compare it with our homemade rosewater facial toner recipe, or with the rose water tonic that we learned to make just in the previous section.
Lemon, as you probably know, becomes another special and commonly used natural ingredient for natural skin care. For example, it is extremely rich in vitamin C, a vitamin with recognized antioxidant action, which helps prevent the negative action of free radicals, which directly influence the appearance of premature aging. In addition, it becomes a wonderful ingredient with astringent qualities, thanks to the fact that it helps to unclog and unclog the pores, allowing for a much smoother and firmer skin.
What you need: ½ cup of rosewater, ½ cup of witch hazel (non-alcoholic), and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
We will start by cutting a lemon in half, and we will squeeze it to obtain its juice. Then, in a small bowl, put all the ingredients in the amounts indicated, and transfer to a glass container. Cover and mix well.
How to use it:
Every time you want to use this rose water and lemon facial toner, you simply have to apply the toner with the help of a cotton ball immediately after cleansing your face and removing your makeup. Remember then to follow with your moisturizing face cream.
Do you know how to make distilled water?
This may be the first time you’ve come across a homemade beauty recipe that uses distilled water. If so, it is very possible that you ask yourself the following question: how is it possible to make distilled water, in order to use it in this recipe? The truth is that the process is truly simple and simple, although it is necessary to follow all the steps indicated to the letter to obtain it properly.
Basically distilled water consists of water purified by vaporization and by the condensation of steam itself. Since many of the contaminants present in the water source never end up passing into the gaseous phase, the result is much cleaner water, which is why it is usually used for the preparation of different beauty recipes. Although, it is true, other methods depend on the evaporation of water; that is, although water does not boil, the change in temperature or the pressure exerted on it forms water vapor. Finally, that vapor cools down and what we are interested in is formed: distilled water.
To obtain it, you only need a stainless steel pot, its corresponding lid, a glass or metal container that we can place inside the pot, and ice cubes. You only have to fill the large pot partially with water. Then place the container whose purpose is to collect the water that drips from the center of the lid of the inverted tray. Place the pot lid upside down on the pot. Thus, when the water is heated, the water vapor will rise to the top, condense into droplets, and fall into the container.
Therefore, simply turn on the fire in the pot. The water will start to get very hot, although it doesn’t need to boil. Then place ice cubes on the lid of the pot, which will help condense the steam present in the pot into liquid water. When it’s done, simply turn off the heat and be especially careful when removing the bowl of distilled water (to avoid burns).
Beauty recipes with our rose water tonic
Refreshing Rosewater Toner Spray
What’s better than having a fresh, illuminated and glowing face all day? Using a little rose water, it is possible to obtain an excellent facial toner that we can apply to the skin of our face as a refreshing mist, ideal for keeping the skin nourished as well as fresh and healthy. In addition, this refreshing spray recipe that we offer you is especially ideal for sensitive or dry skin (although, it is true, it can be used on practically any skin type).
What you need: ½ cup of hot water, ¼ cup of rosewater and 2 organic green tea bags.
Heat a little water in a saucepan over the heat, but do not let it boil. Then add the green tea bags, and let them steep for a few minutes. Now, being careful not to burn yourself, remove the green tea bags, and allow the resulting water to cool completely to room temperature. Now, add the rose water in the amount indicated, and transfer this wonderful preparation to a glass spray bottle. Keep it in the fridge until you are going to use it.
How to use it: The process is quite simple. It is only advisable to shake it well before each use. Then simply spray several times a day onto the skin of your face and neck, especially at those times of day when you need your skin in need of a refreshing boost.
Rosewater Facial Toner Wipes
Rose water becomes an ingredient as soft as it is natural, which can become part of the perfect base for making homemade rose water facial toner wipes. Ideal to nourish dry skin throughout the day, whenever we need it, as well as to cleanse the skin at all times. They are tremendously easy to make, and above all, they will allow you to have a good number of rosewater facial toner wipes for when you need them.
What you need: ¼ cup of rose water, 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel, ¼ cup of distilled water, 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and paper towels. You will also need a glass jar with a lid (big enough to hold the paper towels).
First of all, we will start by unrolling several sheets of paper towels, and cut them into long strips the same height as our glass jar. Roll the strips loosely into a short, thick bundle, much like a roll of toilet paper. Gently pull the center of the paper towel freer, and now place the entire package inside the jar. In a small bowl, combine rose water, fresh aloe vera gel, lavender essential oil, distilled water, and sweet almond oil. Combine and mix well, until all the ingredients are perfectly integrated. Then slowly pour this wonderful solution over the paper towels, allowing as much of the solution as possible to be absorbed into the paper. Ideally, the wipes should be moist,
How to use: Simply tear a paper towel from the center of the roll, and use it by rubbing it directly on your skin. Then simply keep the glass jar with the remaining wipes in the fridge. It will keep perfectly for a maximum of 2 weeks. In addition, it will be so fresh that its use will be extremely refreshing, as well as pleasant.
And how can we make rose water?
The truth is that we should not confuse rosewater toner with rosewater itself, since its composition, consistency, texture and ingredients tend to vary slightly. Furthermore, their uses also tend to vary a bit.
What you need: 2 cups of rose petals and 3 cups of distilled water.
In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, add the distilled water and the indicated amount of rose petals. You will notice how the rose petals float, so it is advisable to use a smaller saucepan lid, to place it immediately on top of the roses during the heating and cooking process, which will help the petals to be submerged in the water.
Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and leave the rose petals in the water for up to 45-50 minutes. If you wish, you can soak the petals for a longer amount of time, although in this case it is more advisable to turn off the heat later, and let the petals rest, instead of using heat.
After you’ve soaked the petals, strain the water using a bowl and cheesecloth (a fine-mesh sieve could also work), or a large coffee filter. Discard the petals, and reserve the rosewater in a small glass bottle in the fridge. If you wish, you can use it later to make your homemade facial toner.
What is it for and how to use the rose water tonic?
The rose water facial toner is mainly characterized by being a natural product that is tremendously easy to make, and also to use. In fact, it is perfectly possible to use it in very different ways, depending on the needs you have at certain times or circumstances.
One of its main features is to use it as another toner in your daily skin care routine. To do so, if you are going to integrate it into your regular beauty regimen, remember that it is extremely important to add it and integrate it correctly. And how to get it? It’s actually quite simple, as you should only apply it to your facial skin immediately after using your deep cleanser, when the skin is still damp (this basically means that it’s essential that you apply it within a minute of applying it). facial toner). This is very useful, since what we achieve with it is that the facial tonic penetrates better, while the skin still remains moist.
Then, once you have applied the rose water facial toner, you only have to wait a few minutes until it has been completely absorbed by the skin. Finally, continue with your normal skin care routine. For example, you can continue with your favorite moisturizer (or moisturizer), and then continue if you are going to use any beauty product to treat a specific problem. Otherwise, simply finishing off your moisturizer will suffice.
And how can we apply our rose water toner on our face? It is equally plain and simple. For example, if you have chosen to add it in a spray bottle, you only have to spray it along the skin of the face, being careful not to get a few drops into the eyes. You can also lightly soak a cotton ball or pad and gently apply it to your skin (starting at the T-zone of your face). Or, well, put a few drops in the palm of your hands and then slide them over your face. Of course, if you are going to do it this way, do not forget that it is vitally important that your hands are completely and totally clean.
Of course, its conservation is essential, especially if you want the product to be perfectly preserved, maintaining all its qualities and benefits for as long as possible. To do this, it is essential to follow the steps and storage time indicated in each recipe. Although, in most cases, this storage period is usually between 10 days and 2 weeks. However, some preparations can even be kept for months, so everything will depend directly on the different ingredients that have been used to make it.
Main uses of rose water tonic
Rose water toner can easily be used as just another facial toning product. For example, it is useful in providing the skin with the different benefits that rose water provides, by acting as a natural antioxidant, moisturizer, softener, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. And its use is so simple that we only have to use it as you usually apply your usual facial toner.
However, as we will see in the next section, it can also be used as a make-up remover (an excellent option when combined with coconut oil), acting as the ultimate cleanser, or also to create wonderful natural fragrances; in fact, since the rose is so fragrant, rose water can become the base of the fragrance, thanks to its aromatic and relaxing power.
Remember that this tonic acts as an anti-inflammatory, astringent, antibacterial and natural moisturizer, so its uses and qualities are quite broad. Thus, it can be ideally used by people with dry or overly sensitive skin, and even for those with oily skin prone to acne or rosacea (by also balancing the pH of the skin). At the same time, thanks to the fact that it is capable of promoting the synthesis of both collagen and elastin, it can also become one more member of any anti-aging routine.
What benefits does rose water toner provide?
Calms skin irritation
The skin can be itchy and irritated for different reasons. It consists of a medical condition, known under the name of pruritus, and it is an irritating -and uncontrollable- sensation that causes the need to want to scratch to relieve that uncomfortable and annoying sensation. In most cases, the cause is related to some skin condition, although it can also be due to internal diseases. Therefore, when the cause is not so obvious, it is best to consult a doctor.
Dry skin tends to become one of the main causes, in addition, therefore, to one of the most common. It is characterized by itching, cracking, and visible scaling. It is much more common on the arms, legs, and abdomen, and those with dry skin should maintain a daily skin care routine, constantly moisturizing, using beauty products specially designed for use. on dry skin, and avoid some chemical substances that can end up causing more problems, such as alcohol.
Rosacea, for example, is considered to be one of the typical causes. It is a chronic skin disease whose original cause is actually unknown, and although there is no cure, different treatments and ways have been found to treat the condition while minimizing its symptoms. It emerges in outbreaks, which often occur in cycles. This means that the affected person will tend to experience symptoms over several weeks or months, then disappear and return or appear again in the future.
Eczema is also another of the most related causes. It is also known by the name of atopic dermatitis, a condition, it is true, very common in which patches of skin with inflammation and itching are formed, which occurs especially in babies (usually in the face area) and in young children, although it can also occur in the stage of adolescence and when we are adults.
Rose water has been shown to naturally help soothe skin irritation commonly caused by rosacea or eczema, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory qualities. For this reason, it is, as we will see in a future section, also an interesting natural option when it comes to treating acne, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it acts as a useful cleanser to remove accumulated oil and dirt. in clogged pores.
Helpful in reducing skin redness
As we mentioned in the previous section, the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water mean that it can help reduce both swelling and redness of the skin. But its qualities do not end here, since it also provides antibacterial qualities, which can help positively when it comes to reducing the presence of acne on the skin.
Helps prevent and treat skin infections
In addition to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, rose water provides powerful antiseptic benefits, which means that it is enormously useful in both preventing and treating a variety of conditions. For this reason, it is common for this natural product to be commonly used in a wide variety of medicinal and natural treatments.
For example, a study published in 2010 found that when rose water was used in the form of drops to treat conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eye), thanks to its analgesic and antiseptic properties, it was especially suitable for treating of this eye disease.
Helps heal burns, cuts and scars
Rose water provides an antiseptic effect that is perfectly combined with its antibacterial properties, which can help in a very positive way when it comes to getting wounds, especially the smallest and most superficial ones, tend to heal much faster.
Specifically, thanks to these qualities it can be very helpful when it comes to cleaning the skin where the wound has occurred, helping in turn to prevent infections from occurring, thanks to these antiseptic qualities. Plus, as a study published in 2011 showed, it helps burns, cuts, and scars heal faster.
Acts as a mild astringent
Rose water also provides astringent properties, which means that it becomes a very interesting natural product when it comes to toning the skin and cleaning the pores. As you know, every day dead cells, dirt, excess oil and certain environmental pollutants accumulate on our skin. For this reason, it is convenient to maintain a daily skin care routine, since it becomes the best way to prevent all these elements from starting to accumulate excessively on the surface of the skin.
Thus, when we do not maintain a regular skin care routine, all these elements end up clogging the pores, increasing the risk of pimples and acne breakouts.
Thanks to its astringent qualities, rose water not only works by cleaning and unclogging pores. In the act as a natural skin toner, it helps tighten the capillaries, reducing both spots and redness.
On the other hand, it is also known to help maintain the pH balance, controlling excess oil and acting, as we have seen, as a wonderful natural cleanser to remove dirt and oil present in the pores. What’s more, it acts as a mild skin moisturizer, so it can also be used as a natural moisturizer.
It has very interesting anti-aging qualities
It is common to find rose water as an ingredient in most beauty products that are commonly used to reduce and diminish wrinkles. That’s right. Did you know that it provides very interesting anti-aging effects for those who want to prevent premature aging, and treat those signs of aging that have already begun to appear?
In fact, in addition to soothing skin irritation, thanks to those anti-aging qualities it can help reduce the formation/appearance of wrinkles from the moment it is applied topically on a regular basis. In short, it helps to rejuvenate the skin, keeping wrinkles and fine lines of expression at bay. For example, applying this rosewater toner on barcode wrinkles (those above the upper lip) on a regular basis would help to reduce them.
In relation to these qualities, some studies have found that rose water acts as an inhibitor against collagenase and elastase, considered -both- as harmful to the skin. Collagenase, for example, is an enzyme that breaks down collagen; If we add this to the fact that every year (from 20-25 years of age) collagen production tends to reduce by 1 percent, the result is more than evident: the formation of wrinkles, especially in certain parts of the face where the skin is usually thinner. On the other hand, elastase is an enzyme that is responsible for the degradation of elastic fibers. In the skin, it influences the loss of elasticity, which in turn increases the risk of flaccidity and, therefore, of wrinkles. Basically the skin is not as capable as it was before of snapping back into place when stretched, as well as not being as elastic.
Provides natural antioxidants
The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen, in a totally and completely natural way, the different cells of the skin, helping in turn to regenerate the different skin tissues.
It is known that both rose petals and rose oil (a natural product obtained from the distillation of roses, with a high concentration, which can make its price much more expensive), contain a series of quite powerful natural antioxidants. As you probably know, antioxidants are substances or compounds capable of preventing -or reducing- the negative action of free radicals, which are directly related to the appearance of certain diseases, and also tend to influence the formation of premature aging. In short, they help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
For example, a study published in 2011 on the pharmacological effects of rose, and rose water itself, found that the antioxidants naturally present in this product had potential inhibitory effects on lipid peroxidation, thus providing powerful protection. cell phone. This means that, in addition to strengthening the cells present in the skin, it helps to regenerate the skin tissue, completely and completely naturally.
Very interesting for hair
Throughout this section we have discovered some of the main benefits that rose water provides on the skin. But did you know that it is also very interesting when you apply it to your hair?
Thanks to its moisturizing and nourishing properties, it would help in a totally and completely natural way when it comes to improving hair quality. For example, it is useful when treating different mild inflammations of the scalp, and could act to eliminate dandruff.
What’s more, used on the hair it works wonders as a natural conditioner, revitalizing -and improving- natural hair growth, fighting inflammation of the scalp and, finally, controlling dandruff.
In short, rose water toner helps balance the pH of the skin, soothes and calms irritation, reduces redness thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, helps heal burns and wounds, and prevents infections thanks to its antiseptic qualities., and also provides anti-aging qualities that can reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Side effects of rose water toner
As recommended by most beauty experts, as well as dermatologists, whenever we are going to start using a new beauty product (that we have never used before), it is advisable to do what is known as the patch test.
It basically consists of applying a small amount of the product, such as a rose water toner, about the size of a dime, to the arm as an initial test. And wait for 24 hours to check if there has been any type of allergic or adverse reaction, such as irritation or redness (that is, the skin where we have applied the product appears reddish and irritated). If nothing has happened, it can be safely applied to the rest of the skin on the body.
However, sometimes it is possible that a reaction to rose water toner arises, mainly due to the existence – completely unknown until now – of a particular sensitivity to this product in question. When this is the case, the most common is that symptoms such as irritation, redness, a stinging sensation and a certain burning sensation arise.
From the moment you begin to experience these effects after using rose water (or, in short, any other beauty and topical product that we have used), it is necessary to inform the doctor or dermatologist immediately, given This could be a sign of an allergic reaction or infection.
In any case, the reality is that in most cases this product of natural origin and free of any chemical substance tends to be considered quite safe, so that unless you have an allergy to the rose or to some plant and flower belonging to her family, in many cases practically nothing will happen.