Since ancient times, rose water has been used for facial care thanks to its incredible astringent, toning and soothing properties. It’s ideal for those with oily, dry, or extremely sensitive skin, as well as reducing open pores and getting rid of dead skin.
This magical recipe comes from India, where it was used for multiple purposes, beauty being the main one. Although its preparation was a closely guarded secret, today it is known that rose water comes from the distillation of its petals, making it even easier to make at home.
Properties and benefits of rose water for the skin
In addition to their indisputable beauty, roses have multiple properties and benefits that can be used in different ways for each function. In the case of rose water, these are the incredible properties that it provides to the skin of the face and the body in general.
- It contains high levels of vitamin E and B, as well as pectin, making it an excellent toner for cleansing the skin of impurities, moisturizing it and giving it firmness.
- Thanks to its vitamin C content, it is excellent for promoting collagen production, helping to prevent premature aging and the appearance of wrinkles.
- It is an excellent healing and antibacterial, making it ideal for people who suffer from chronic acne or ulcers.
- Excellent for reducing dark circles or bags under the eyes caused by fatigue or stress.
- Helps eliminate or reduce sun spots, scars and fine lines.
How to make rose water
As we mentioned before, obtaining water from roses is done by distillation of their petals and it is really easy to make at home, for that you will need:
- 2 cups of rose petals
- 2 cups of distilled water
- Choose the petals very well; that they are not withered, stained and that their smell is powerful.
- Use a pot with a tight lid, as this will be the key to successful rose water.
- Next, add two cups of distilled water into the pot and add another two cups of rose petals. Then put the lid on it.
- Turn on the fire at maximum level and wait for it to start boiling.
- When it reaches a boil, lower the heat to medium and let it boil for about 10 more minutes, without uncovering. Remember that steam is essential to preserve all the oils.
- After 10 minutes, turn off and let sit for a further 1 hour until the steam has dissipated and the brew has cooled to room temperature.
- With the help of a filter, strain the mixture and pack it in a clean and dry glass jar, which has a lid and closes hermetically.
- Keep it in the fridge for different uses.
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How to make a rose facial toner at home
To use rose water as a toner, you must dilute it because it is really concentrated. You can add 1 or 2 tablespoons of rose water or even 1 liter of distilled water and apply it with the help of a cotton ball or spray bottle. If you prefer to do it from the beginning, here we tell you what you need:
- 3-4 red rose petals
- 1 liter of water, preferably distilled
Preparation and application
- Place the petals with the water in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Cover tightly and let it boil for 5-10 minutes.
- Let stand until cool.
- Strain it and pour it into a container that has a spray bottle.
- Use it whenever you like, preferably after showering.
How to make rose toner with vinegar
Although it may seem unusual, adding a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to our toner is excellent for decongesting, reducing inflammation, closing open pores and highly recommended for people with dry skin thanks to its moisturizing properties. To prepare this tonic you will need:
- 50 grams of red rose petals
- 3 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Pour the 3 cups of water, preferably distilled, into a pot with a lid and bring to a boil.
- When it is boiling, add the 50 grams of petals plus the 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
- Stir well and cover.
- Let the infusion stand for about two hours.
- With the help of a filter, strain the mixture and reserve it in a glass bottle with a spray bottle.
- Store it in the fridge to keep it and be much more refreshing at the time of application.