If you’re in the market for a new facial cleanser, REN skincare has a new product for you; REN Rosa Centifolia™ Foaming Cleanser ($20.99, amazon.com) is a gentle, foaming cleanser that harnesses the pharmacological powers of Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascena to soothe, tone, and tighten skin. Despite R. centifolia being the line’s namesake, most of the cleanser’s benefits come from R. damascena.
Known as Gole Mohammadi (Flower of the Prophet) in Iran, this rose hybrid has a wide range of pharmacological benefits. Its essential oil has shown a strong antibacterial activity against a variety of bacteria, including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus. It has a considerable antioxidant effect; it has shown an inhibitory effect on lipid peroxidation similar to tocopherol as well as a free radical-scavenging effect similar to L-ascorbic acid (Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences).
R. damascena also possesses both anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects; a hydroalcoholic extract significantly reduced rat paw edema (Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences), and another study found that it extended the mortality rate of the Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) (Journal of Medicinal Food).
Usually used in perfumery, R. centifolia also contains a number of tannins as well as oligomeric proanthocyanidins, saccharine matter, and mineral salts (IJRPC). Tannins are useful in skincare because they form a protective layer and thicken the surface proteins of cells, thus leading to reduced permeability and secretions (JAMA Dermatology). R. centifolia has also been found to possess significant antimicrobial activity against E. coli, S. dysenters, and S. aureus (IJRPC).
There have been very few reported cases of a rare allergic reaction to R. centifolia, but most seem to occur with a combination of another product (Contact Dermatitis).
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REN Rosa Centifolia™ Foaming Cleanser ($20.99, amazon.com) that combines two different rose species to create a gentle, effective cleanser. If you’re looking for something new with a pleasing scent, then this might be the cleanser for you.
Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sorbitol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.