The Egyptian queen Cleopatra famously incorporated rose in her beauty regime. No wonder rose helped her achieve the flawless skin she is known for. In India too, rose water has featured in every feminine beauty regime to impart shine and moisture to the skin, since time immemorial. Here’s how you can use the rose in a variety of ways.
Rose Water Toner
The next time you purchase a bottle of rose water from the cosmetics section, simply put it back to the cosmetic shelf. If you once use this desi rose water toner on your face, you wouldn’t want to use any cosmetic rose toner again. Simply buy some roses (desi gulab) and put it inside a small water spray bottle. Refrigerate it. After a few days, take it out for use. You can add drops of glycerin and lemon. Your DIY rose water toner is ready.
Rose Petal Face Mask
Use crushed rose petals in your go-to face mask. Rose petals are beneficial both for oily and dry skin type. It is essential that you crush the petals properly to bring out more aroma and of course to ease the application and mask removal process. You can buy roses in bulk, and dry the rose petals out in sunlight for a few hours until they can be crushed easily. Now store this powdered rose petal in a container and use in your favourite face pack each time you use it.
Rose Body Oil
Almost every beauty product contains artificial fragrances, which can be harmful indeed for your skin. Commercial scented body oils are loaded with artificial fragrances. If you want to make your own sweet rose scented boy oil, here’s how: Take a small mason jar and put crushed rose petals in it (fresh ones) and then pour over your favourite body oil- almond, sesame, or coconut. Then let this sit for few days until the oil soaks all the fragrance of the rose petals. It is up to you if you want to strain the mixture. Your fragrant body oil is ready to use.
Rose Lip Scrub
Dark, pigmented, dry lips can come in the process of your experimenting with different lip colour shades. You can take care of your lips, and still have a little spa moment. All that you need is a little desi ghee, or coconut oil, with a little rose petal powder (a small quantity is enough) in a bowl. Mix it well with your fingers and then apply onto your lips as a scrub. Scrub it lightly with your fingers. Say bye to dead skin and welcome fresh pink lips.
Rose Hair Perfume
If you wash your hair once or twice a week, then this is one heavenly hair perfume for you. No need to buy expensive hair perfumes that are alcohol-based and make your hair even drier. All you need to do is use rose water as a last rinse after shampoo. It will leave your hair with a fresh rosy fragrance. In between washes, you can spray a little amount of this rose water on your scalp and hair lengths and then comb through.
Rose Eye Pads
Tired of using eye roll on concealers to reduce swollen under eyes? Say bye to all those under eye creams as these rose eye pads will rejuvenate your eyes like no other. Simply take some rose water in 2 cotton pads and place them over your eyes. Keep it for about 15 minutes. You can even pour a few drops of your homemade rose water in your eyes whenever you have tired eyes.
You need to be healthy on the inside to glow from the outside. Rose helps to detoxify and relax like no other. Try sipping homemade rose tea between meal times or even during your skin pampering moments to reduce stress and anxiety. Boil few rose petals in water, strain it and add sugar and lemon drops to be revitalized.