Skincare Benefits from Roses
So Why is the Rose So Special in Skincare?The rose is the ultimate all-rounder when it comes to skincare benefits. A heavy-hitter that is so versatile, it can treat everything from acne-prone skin to mature, sensitive and dry skin with ease. Containing a complex array of vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants.
No other botanical softens and refines skin texture in quite the same way. Rose is an amazing ingredient for restoring the skin barrier, regenerating strength, and both protecting and increasing hydration and lipid levels.
The antioxidants in roses absorb deeply into the dermis layer of the skin, which is especially supportive for mature skin. Due to its unique combination of antioxidants, like citronellol and geraniol, pure rose oil destroys free radicals and slows down aging.
It has been proven to be anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial, making it also beneficial for treating acne.
Roses vs Acne
When treating acne your first thought might be to reach for a product that dries out your skin to combat the oily surface where acne seems to thrive. However, using this approach can result in dehydrated and over-sensitized skin.
Acne-prone skin needs to be kept hydrated rather than dried out. A lack of moisture can trigger a signal to send more sebum, perpetuating a vicious cycle.
Rose has been proven as an excellent treatment due to its antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties, that can effectively reduce bacteria, while still being gentle to sensitive, damaged skin. Its anti-inflammatory action also assists with inflammation and/or soothing redness.
Hydrate and Nourish with Roses
Roses are hydrators, keeping the skin’s moisture barrier strong
The rose is such a unique plant because it contains so many different nutrients that are specific to barrier restoration, such as B Vitamins, Polysaccharides, as well as lipids and lipid-soluble nutrients like Vitamin E and Palmitic Acid.
Palmitic acid specifically is the unique nutrient that will lock in hydration and prevent trans-epidermal water loss by strengthening our skin’s barrier.
Roses specifically strengthen connective tissue on multiple levels within the skin. This is a plant that can not only immediately tone and firm, but can also strengthen collagen health over time.
The presence of gallic acid, which is specific to collagen and elastin production, helps with this — along with Polysaccharides, Flavonoids, and Catechin.
Roses are cooling while stimulating movement. This is key for those who experience redness and other rosacea symptoms.
Many would assume that any sort of stimulation would be bad for rosacea, but in fact, stagnation is one of the primary root causes of rosacea. Roses cool down the skin, while gently stimulating blood flow and releasing and hydrating stuck fascia.
Rose’s Relationship with Vitamins
When we explore the phytochemistry of Roses, they contain many of the major nutritional players that are key to skin health.
B Vitamins: Do you often hear talk about Niacin as being an ingredient added to skincare products in order to reduce inflammation, boost hydration levels and help protect our skin’s barrier? Well if you are using Roses in your skincare, then Niacin is present, along with all the other beneficial B’s and their helpful co-factors.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C and all of its helpful Flavonoids are ever-present in both Rose petals and Rosehips. Vitamin C helps to repair and prevent sun damage. However, it's even stronger when it's in its whole plant form because it is more stable alongside its fellow antioxidants. Flavonoids also help to metabolize the C after it stabilizes free radicals.
Vitamin E: When you run your fingers over a fresh Rose petal, you may feel a bit of oil or lipids. This is because Roses are a wealth of beneficial lipids and lipid friendly nutrients, such as Vitamin E. Aside from being a common antioxidant, Vitamin E helps to work together with many of the other nutrients in Roses to keep our skin barrier healthy and strong.
PH of the Rose
Roses have a natural tonic and astringent effect on the capillaries just below the skin’s surface, which evens out skin tone and removes excess dirt and oil trapped within pores without disrupting the skin’s pH.
Maintaining proper pH is absolutely essential to healthy skin. Our skin has what is called an ‘acid mantle’ — a thin layer that naturally fights infection and environmental factors.
The skin’s moisture barrier is a critical part of the immune system and supports the skin in maintaining its proper level of nutrients. If this layer is compromised, the skin’s ability to protect itself decreases.
Pollution, environmental toxins, skincare products that strip this layer, and the sun all play a role in breaking down the skin’s pH balance. The pH of roses is almost identical to that of human skin, making it perfectly suited to skincare.
For us, the rose represents a heart in bloom. It encourages self-love and self-acceptance. The more we can genuinely love ourselves, the better our skin will look.