The rose is a symbol of many things, from love to beauty to balance. The flower was sacred to a number of goddesses including the Egyptian goddess of nature and magic, Isis, and the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. It has been used for beauty throughout history by women around the world, including Cleopatra who used rose water to get rid of dark skin spots.
Since antiquity, the rose has held mystery, an ability to evoke a sense of passion due to its seductive velvety red colour and its sublime fragrance. Scientists and botanists have found that roses have anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties, making it an ideal skincare ingredient.
The most common use is in rose water, which is the water left behind when roses are distilled for their essential oils. The nutrient-rich water is a magnificent moisturiser and toner. It helps soothe the skin and is mildly antiseptic, making it an ideal choice for acne-prone skin. Rose water is also recommended after sunburn due to its healing and cooling effects. A spritz of rose water also helps set make-up, helping it last longer during the day.
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