Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean we need to rid our lives of roses! They can still be used and enjoyed daily in a variety of different ways. In fact, roses with no dyes or added perfumes have many wonderful healing properties! While they may look beautiful in a vase, they look just as good on your face or in your bath! Here are a few of my favorite uses for rose petals.
Rose water is my favorite part of my beauty routine. Not only does the fresh light smell of the rose petals aid you in connecting with your feminine side, it also works as a tag team with your moisturizer, helping it to penetrate deeper into your skin. It also helps cleanse normal skin, while it balances out oily skin. If you have sensitive skin, or your face is feeling dry from the bitter winter cold, it can be used to soothe and heal. If that’s not enough, rose water can reduce the puffiness fatigue can leave around your eyes: Soak two cotton balls in rose water and apply them to each eye for ten minutes. Here is the super easy recipe I use everyday for rose water:
- 1 cup fresh rose petals (make sure they are not chemically treated and that they do not contain dyes or perfumes)
- 1 cup distilled water
Place the fresh petals in a bowl and bring water to a boil. Let the petals seep for 30 minutes on very low heat. Strain petals from liquid and store in a glass bottle in your refrigerator.
Another one of my favorite ways to utilize those beautiful little red petals is by adding them to my bath. When I take a bath, my first intention is to relax, and rose petals are always my go-to for optimal relaxation. This is because when rose petals are added to your bath they create a sensory experience in combination with the hot water. The aroma of the petals is calming and creates a peaceful aura. The smell of rose petals alone reduces the effects of stress, anxiety and depression, in turn improving your mood. Talk about a life-changing bath! Show yourself some self-love and set aside some “you time” this week for a rose bath. You deserve it!
A rose mask is another example of why this radiant red flower isn’t just a Valentine’s Day favorite. On days when my skin feels like it needs some extra love, this is my standby. This mask hydrates and tones your natural complexion without drying out your skin. Rose petals have refreshing and rejuvenating effects, as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which make for a perfect mask. This mask is also ideal if you suffer from rosacea,thanks to the rose petals’ vasoconstriction capillary action. Here is my simple recipe for the perfect rose mask to leave your skin radiant:
- Soak 8 rose petals in 3-4 tablespoons of water for 2-3 hours
- Puree the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey (mix well)
- Apply to entire face and leave on for 15-30 minutes
- Rinse with cool water
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