Blemishes: no body wants them, but unfortunately, most everybody runs into them at some point in their life. I used to have pretty clear skin in high school, and then all of a sudden I started getting more blemishes around the age of 19. Now, I am completely fed up, and instead of buying products with harsh chemicals I wanted to try out the more natural route. Roses not only look and smell amazing, but they are also great for your skin. In fact, even Ancient Egyptian women used to use rosewater for their skin!
A few reasons why rosewater is a great natural product to adopt into your daily beauty routine:
- Roses are naturally antibacterial, which means this will help those with blemish prone skin
- It is a great natural and gentle cleanser
- It helps aging, fine lines, and wrinkles
- Minimizes pores
- Leaves your hair looking and feeling soft
There are a few different ways to make rosewater, but this is the easiest. So, with that said, let’s begin!
First and foremost you will need some fresh rose petals. Luckily, my mom bought me two dozen fresh roses for my birthday recently and I thought that I would use them up before they went bad.
On top of fresh, clean rose petals you will need:
- A large pot
- A clean spray bottle
- Somewhere to store your rosewater– I used a little tea pot
- A wooden spoon
- A colander
- A knife
- Rose Hip Seed Oil (optional)
First, you want to pick off all of the rose petals and put them in a bowl or vase. Then, I took a knife and stabbed the petals– I know, this sounds so violent, but it helps the roses release their juices. After, place the rose petals into a pot and pour enough water into the pot so you see the water peeking out a bit. You do not want to drown the roses because then the water will be very diluted and weak. I added a few drops of rose hip seed oil because it is good for blemishes. You don’t have to add this if you do not feel like it.
It should look a little something like this once you have poured the water in:
Stir the pot and then cover it with a lid. Make sure the stove is on a medium heat and bring it to a simmer. Simmer it for fifteen minutes or until the roses turn pink and the water turns the color of the roses.
It should look like this!
Then grab your colander and drain the water into a container– a tea pot in my case, and store it in the fridge, which will make it last longer. After it cooled I poured some of my rosewater into a clean spray bottle so I could use it as a toner all over my face and for my hair. The cold rosewater feels so refreshing and energizing on the skin!
This should last you a few weeks. The older it is the weaker it will become, but luckily, it is very easy to make, and so inexpensive compared to the small organic rosewater solutions that are available at health stores.
Side note: the rosewater does leave a stain, but it comes right off. I spilled some all over my counter and it stained, but it came off easily. It will also leave a stain on your cotton pad if you use it as a toner, but it is not harmful, and it does not stain your skin.
Do you have any acne fighting secrets that involve natural ingredients?