Rose water has been used for centuries in the Middle East as a beauty tool, and it’s about time the rest of us caught up. With hydrating and soothing abilities, as well as natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial powers, it’s the ultimate beauty powerhouse—which would explain why high-end brands like Chantecaille and Korres use it as the base for many of their products. If your budget won’t allow for a rose-infused skincare product just yet (hey, all those Apple TV subscriptions add up), a simple bottle of pure rose water available at Whole Foods or other health markets can still transform your skin and hair. Trust us—the benefits of rose water are fascinating.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($35)
Are you prepared to take your sheet-mask game way, way up? Take a cotton pad and apply rose water to your face after cleansing, then lay your serum-soaked sheet mask on top. The rose water will amplify your sheet mask’s hydrating benefits, and the sheet mask will push the soothing properties deep into your skin.
Sisley Floral Toning Lotion ($103)
Swapping your toner for rose water will do wonders for your skin. Because of its antibacterial properties, it will soothe irritated, acne-prone skin and help hydrate dry skin. Just pour some on a cotton pad and wipe it across your face—your skin will feel instantly soothed.
Chantecaille Pure Rosewater ($32)
Makeup artist Kirin Bhatty says she keeps rose water in a small spray bottle in her kit at all times. She spritzes it on clients’ faces to prep their skin for makeup and to freshen makeup after a long shoot. Bhatty swears by its refreshing, softening, brightening, and toning effects.
Beautycounter Rose Water Uplifting Spray ($36)
If you suffer from perpetually dry skin, rose water is the answer. After showering, pour rose water on a large cotton pad, then sweep over your body—or spritz it from a spray bottle. Immediately seal it in with your favorite body lotion when your skin is still damp. Bye, flaky skin.