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Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

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Rose Confidential

Roses are having their moment right now – and for good reason.
With a high oil content and a strong, soothing fragrance, rose-based products are finding their way into many spas and households. Rosewater and rose oil are undoubtedly beauty’s magic potions, and they are remarkably versatile. Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, rose-infused skincare can be easily added to your beauty regimen. Their natural healing properties work to eliminate excess oil from the skin while helping to maintain a natural pH balance. This is good news for anyone prone to clogged pores, acne, rosacea or eczema. Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, it also helps to strengthen cells and regenerate skin tissue, which aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds. Better yet, the active properties in this powerful flower will diminish fine lines and wrinkles while toning, lifting and improving your skin’s overall texture. It also helps to hydrate, revitalise, and moisturise skin, giving you a youthful and refreshed look.
Stop and smell the roses: Rose-infused products don’t just benefit your skin – the natural scent is said to be a powerful mood enhancer and can help relieve anxiety, depression and stress. The flower’s calming fragrance promotes overall relaxation and well-being – what’s not to love about that?

ROSE 101: How to use rosewater and rose oil

Toning: Due to its astringent-like properties, rosewater will help cleanse pores and tone your skin. Wet a cotton pad with chilled rosewater and wipe it on clean skin or use a spray bottle to spritz it onto your face. Applying rosewater to your skin after cleansing will tighten capillaries while reducing uneven skin tone and redness. Using it as a facial toner at night is effective in clearing any impurities your skin has collected throughout the day.

Eye treatment: If you have tired or swollen eyes, soak cotton pads in chilled rosewater and apply them to your eyelids or directly under your eyes. It will help reduce puffiness and diffuse redness. This method is more effective than cucumber slices and will fade dark under eye circles significantly.
Makeup remover: Diluted rose oil is a natural makeup remover. Add a few drops of rose oil to coconut oil on a cotton pad and cleanse your face. The mixture will wipe away makeup while it nourishes your skin. Another tip: rosewater can also be sprayed over top of makeup to work as a setting product. The mist will leave your skin looking radiant and refreshed.
Pampering: Mix rose oil with any regular lotion for a luxurious body moisturiser. It can also be added to your bath for a soothing aromatherapy treatment.

NOW, ADD ICE: The benefits of icing at home

You know that rosy-cheeked glow you get on a chilly day? Well, that healthy, out-of-the-cold look is exactly what you will see after icing – a beauty technique that can alleviate skin issues like enlarged pores, wrinkles, acne, swollen eyes and excess oil.
To tighten your skin at home, tie two ice cubes up inside a soft cloth and massage your face until it completely melts. Ice can be added to your daily beauty regimen to increase the circulation of blood to your face. Improved blood flow will help you achieve a natural and healthy glow, as well as prevent premature aging and wrinkles. Icing before you apply your makeup will help it last longer – try it before heading out on the town.
And just like that, the secret to fabulous skin is yours!