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Forget A Dozen Roses. Buy Us A Rosewater Mist
If ever there was a sign that beauty is truly multifunctional, it’s rosewater. Roses can beautify our yards, enhance side tables, and freshen up rooms, but they can also help relieve fatigue, anxiety, dry skin, or constipation. A few seconds of vaping to dress the air or your skin could change your day.
Rosewater is not new. Fossils show that roses are 30 million years old, and rose water has existed for 14 centuries, originating from Iranian medicinal and spiritual practices. Traditionally, rose hydrosol was distilled from the Damascus rose, but today companies use many different roses, including wild roses and cabbage roses.
But before you decide which rosewater mist to buy, learn seven ready-to-use ways this heavenly product can work for you.
Mist To Improve Skin Barrier And Reduce Water Loss
It’s easy to blame the cold for dry skin, but air conditioners and heaters are culprits. These devices reduce humidity, causing cells to dry out—hence the white, scaly skin. But a 2014 study found that the mist is very effective at hydrating the outermost layer of our skin, especially during the winter months. Add rose, and you have the perfect natural remedy.
“Rose absolute improves the skin’s barrier function and cuts transdermal water loss,” says Dominique Caron, Founder of Apoterra Skincare. It’s also full of antioxidants and some antiseptic properties. “Because the amount of active components that rose water contains is significantly less than that of absolute or essential oil, rose water is much gentler on the skin and your nervous system.”
Spray Up Your Routine To Reduce Anxiety
Rosewater mist smells heavenly and has a solid relaxing effect on our bodies. For example, a 2016 study found that inhaling rosewater reduced anxiety in patients undergoing medical procedures. It is likely due to the smell sensation (or good old ol’ sniffing), which sends calming signals to the brain.
“For my patients who show anxiety about minimally invasive surgery (it can be a little intimidating when syringes get close to your face), I will spray their diapers with rosewater,” says Robin Hillary, RN
Next time you’re nervous and can’t relax, wash your face. Many cite the skincare routine as an effective way to calm down, so don’t forget to add a rose mist spritz, whether you need three steps or 10.
Pat Your Skin To Soothe And Clarify
You’ve probably seen the word toner related to rose water. There’s a decent reason. “Our skin is acidic with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5,” says David Pollock, beauty developer for Smashbox, Lancôme and others. “However, most skincare goods have a pH of 6.0 to 7.5.”
These high pH products disrupt our skin and aggravate existing skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, acne and wrinkles. But rosewater’s naturally low pH of 5.5 helps restore the natural balance. “As a result, rose water helps calm and soothe the skin and reduce skin irritation,” says Pollock.
Spray For Better And More Relaxed Sleep
Does life generally keep you up at night? Incorporating a bedtime routine that includes rosewater can be very helpful. “Nighttime rituals help the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin while reducing the stress factor cortisol,” says Elizabeth Trattner, a doctor of Chinese medicine and an AZCIM Certified Integrative Physician. It’s important to nudge the body and hormones toward sleep to recover properly. Yes, restful sleep is a real thing! Inhaling rose water enhances the calming effect.
“Think of it as an alternative to lavender,” says Chris Brantner, a certified sleep science trainer at Sleep Zoo. He explains the relaxing effect: The connected olfactory nerve is to our brain, which sends signals to the amygdala and the limbic system. This part of our brain controls moods and emotions and relax with certain scents like a rose.
Make Resolutions With The Scent Of The Rose.
Victorian women knew a thing or two about self-love and used rosewater in all their make-ups, from soaps to cold creams. Antonia Hall, MA, psychologist, relationship skilled and author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life, says she even sprayed the perfume on her mirror to celebrate beauty.
“All actions done with intention have power,” he explains. For example, Hall says of her involvement, “Looking in the mirror and saying ‘I love you is powerful, but adding the scent of roses evokes a stronger sense of love and beauty.” It’s not about ego. Instead, it is a meditative way of seeing yourself with self-love and compassion.
Drizzle With Rosewater To Set The Mood
The romantic hype about roses isn’t like the social drama. Instead, these popular flowers are aphrodisiacs used by women throughout history and in colonial America to “keep men interested,” says Amy Reiley, aphrodisiac food expert and author of Eat Cake Naked.
When you say, “Wait a minute, did women give men roses?” It seems a bit backwards,” agrees the scientific source.
Air Jam With a Relaxing Mist
Believe it or not, rose water spray is just as effective as some pharmaceutical drugs at reducing airway congestion. The critical oil relaxes the muscles of the trachea, helping you breathe easier and reducing coughing. That’s excellent news in winter when colds are lurking almost everywhere.