This DIY Rosewater Will Amp Up Your Beauty Routine
Rosewater is the golden child of beauty products right now, and for good reason. Often found in facial mists and toners, rosewater is a multitasking ingredient that hydrates, cleanses, soothes, refreshes, and reduces redness-making it a great multitasking product when skin needs a pick-me-up. (More on that here: Is Rosewater the Secret to Healthy Skin?)
"Because it's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial-meaning it simultaneously treats redness and irritation that can crop up after a hard sweat session and kill any lingering bacteria that might cause breakouts, it's great for stashing in your gym bag," Michelle Pellizzon, a certified health and wellness coach told us. "Spritz some all over your complexion right after you wash your face for best results." Bonus: It can even be used as a hair spritz for instant detangling, hydration, and shine. (Plus, it smells amazing, too!)
The only problem? It's hard to know how much actual rose essential oil you're getting since formulas vary, Pellizzon says. Not to mention, many brands of rosewater have harmful chemical ingredients in the form of preservatives or additives, according to derms.
So, if you prefer to go natural and know *exactly* what you're getting in your rosewater, here's a super-simple recipe from our sister site Better Homes and Gardens.
1 1/2 cups bottled spring water
2 tablespoons vodka
1 1/2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals
1. Place water, vodka, and rose petals in a clean 1-quart glass jar. Store the jar in the refrigerator for one week; shake it daily.
2. Strain out the rose petals and pour the rosewater into a bottle or spray bottle. Spritz or splash it on your skin. (FYI-rosewater keeps for two weeks in the refrigerator.)