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Spotlight on: Rose

Image: Courtesy of Stephanie Lu/Unsplash. For thousands of years, Ayurvedic healers have been using the rose plant in herbal remedies, teas, oils and skincare formulations.

By Hoiisa’s editor

While we can all appreciate the beauty of a rose and the scent of its petals, did you know that hiding inside that fragrant floral bouquet is a whole host of beauty benefits for your mind, body, and soul? For thousands of years roses have been used to treat various skin ailments, frayed nerves, and even to help turn back time. The Ancient Egyptians used them to make healing balms and infused the rose’s scent into cleansing and protecting oils, while the Ancient Greeks and Romans cultivated huge rose gardens just to boost their beauty routines.

Fast forward to today, and you can find rose in everything from anti-ageing face creams to hydrating hair masks, making it one of the most popular natural ingredients in the beauty world. Why? Well, aside from the fact it can be used on all skin types, the rose boasts natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial benefits, plus it’s crammed full of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair. These are just some of the beauty benefits this bloom brings to our beauty routines…

Skin Soother

Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, roses are one of the best ways to soothe stressed skin and calm redness, rosacea and eczema while balancing the skin’s natural pH. They can even ward off bacteria, in turn keeping blemishes at bay and treating acne, and some rose extracts (such as rosewater) act as natural astringents to firm, tighten and soften skin while restoring its youthful glow.

Mighty Moisturiser

One of the best natural moisturisers in the business, roses (in particular rose essential oil) help retain and lock in hydration to bring instant relief to dry, dehydrated skin. That also means they work wonders at warding off wrinkles and reducing the appearance of fine lines as they plump the skin from within. And yes, they can even work their magic on oily skin too, as they help to balance moisture levels and control excess oil production. Win-win.

Protective Powerhouse

Packed full of vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants used in skincare, roses also help protect skin against environmental aggressors and harmful free radicals (which also happen to be one of the biggest causes of skin ageing) while strengthening skin cells and promoting collagen production.

Hair Hero

Yes, roses also happen to be amazing hair heroes, particularly when it comes to rosewater. High in vitamins B5 and B3, known to help strengthen both the skin and hair’s moisture barrier, it helps prevent damage, control oily scalps, and reduce dryness, in turn promoting healthier hair growth. Not to mention roses will help make your mane smell sublime.

Mood Booster

A rose in bloom is a sure-fire way to put a smile on your face, so it’s little wonder its scent is known and used for its anti-depressant properties. Rose helps to balance the mind (so you think more positively) whilst reducing blood pressure and the cortisol levels (a.k.a. our stress hormone) with just a whiff. So, remember, roses are red, and they won’t leave you blue.

Shop 5 of our best rose-packed beauty buys below:

Salt by Hendrix Coco-Soak Rose

The next best thing to sinking into a tub full of fresh rose petals! This soothing soak from Salt by Hendrix. A blissful blend of organic coconut milk and roses, it helps invigorate tired skin while boosting moisture and – of course – providing you with some much needed relaxing “me time”.

Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream Persian Rose & Argan Extract

We often neglect our hands, but now – more than ever – we need to show them some TLC. Rich in Persian rose and nourishing oils, this deliciously decadent hand cream melts into dry, cracked mitts to provide instant relief and moisture sans greasy residue.

Shirley Conlon Organics Eye Glow Date & Vitamin C

Homegrown right here in Dubai, Shirley Conlon brings the best botanicals straight to her bottles, and this eye elixir is no different. Made with fresh rose petals, date extract, and vitamin C, it helps nourish the delicate eye area while reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines and keeping puffy peepers out of sight.

Erbaviva Stretch Mark Oil

Thanks to their ability to deeply nourish, repair, and hydrate, roses are one of the best ways to help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. An absolute essential for all new mums and those expecting, Erbaviva’s stretch mark saviour combines rosehip and carrot seed oils to hydrate, soften and soothe while enhancing elasticity to prevent and minimise stretch marks and discomfort.

Tabitha James Kraan 4-in-1 Conditioner Amber Rose

Whether used as a daily conditioner or an intensive treatment, this 4-in-1 hair hero is guaranteed to transform your tresses from lifeless to luscious in a matter of minutes. Infused with Tabitha James Kraan’s signature blend of essential oils (including ylang-ylang, patchouli, and – you guessed it – rosehip and rose) and nourishing and soothing oats, it penetrates deeply into the hair shaft to protect, hydrate and prevent future damage.

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