If you’re looking for that all-around perfect moisturizer that can be used on any skin type and lasts for 24 hours, giving “nature’s wonder flower” a try might have crossed your mind. That’s right, Fresh’s Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream is infused with real roses, claiming to make your face as smooth as a petal. But while floral ingredients might smell pretty and provide some added skin care benefits, everything you could ever wish for in a great moisturizer may not be packaged into one neat little plant.
Just How Effective Is Rosewater?
Rosewater is a “nice-to-have,” not a “must-have.” I say this because it’s most important to have the following six ingredients in skin care: retinoids, AHAs (but not together with retinoids), vitamins C&E, amino acids, peptides, and sunscreen. Once you have those six in your skin care regimen, then adding in rosewater can’t do anything but help with preventative anti-aging and overall improvement in the appearance of skin.
I was really close to my grandmother, and she was my best friend growing up. When I use it, I think of the beautiful rose perfume my grandmother had. Rose is sentimental, it’s beautiful, and it is about as classic as fragrance comes. As far as a skin care ingredient goes, it has been proven to have some mild anti-inflammatory, soothing, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties, including being a natural source of geraniol, which has seven times the antiseptic activity of phenol (Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients).
Rose is also a natural source of vitamin C and quercetin, which yields mild photoprotective properties when topically applied to the skin (International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2003). Keep in mind that the skin can’t break down rose extract the way that the digestive tract can, so the vitamin C contained within topically-applied rose is not easily accessible to the skin cells. That’s why the photoprotective and antioxidant effects of vitamin C here are mild.
In another study, rose was found to have preventative effects against oxidative DNA damage (Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients). It’s also traditionally considered safe with regular use in medicine and cuisine and is particularly well-used in teas in Korea.
The Bottom Line
Even though rosewater isn’t the only ingredient to look for in the perfect moisturizer, it can be a great addition to your skin care routine. And as an added benefit, it comes with a light floral scent. So if you’re in the market for a new moisturizer, don’t rule rosewater out altogether–just be sure that you pair it with other products that contain those important skin care ingredients mentioned above to get the absolute best out of your products.