Could rose skincare give you healthy, glowing skin?

Known for their delicate blooms and exquisite floral fragrance, roses have a long-standing history as the flower that best symbolises love and romance.

But the beauty of these plants extends far beyond showing a partner your affection on Valentine’s Day, as the oil and water extracted from the petals could also have some pretty potent benefits for your skin.

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Whether in the form of a cleanser, moisturiser, facial spray or serum, rose is on the rise as a top beauty ingredient. When it comes to protecting your skin from the damage of winter weather, a dose of flower power might be just what the dermatologist ordered.

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What are the benefits of rose in skincare?
There’s a reason why popular skincare brands infuse their products with rose. Experts say it’s renowned for its calming properties, and is thought to help soothe skin issues, such as redness, rosacea and eczema.

“It’s basically a natural astringent”, says skin specialist Ashley Wady. “Rose has antibacterial properties, which give it the ability to reduce redness and calm the skin.”

Thanks to its gentle nature too, the antibacterial ingredients in roses naturally combat spot-causing bacteria, without drying out or irritating the skin in the process.

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Rose can have a hydrating effect on the skin, say experts. (iStock/PA)

“Rose has the ability to help maintain the skin’s pH balance and control excess oil, so it’s great for those who are prone to breakouts,” says Dr Ross Perry, medical director of Cosmedics skin clinics ( He notes that rose-based cleansers can be particularly great at soothing redness and helping to prevent and treat breakouts and acne.

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Whereas trendy ingredients such as retinol work to reverse wrinkles and skin damage, it’s thought that rose products can help keep them from appearing in the first place.

“Rose water in particular is packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C, which not only help combat the elements responsible for the visible signs of ageing, but can also calm skin and help to strengthen our skin cells,” says Ms Wady.

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Rosehip and rose oils contain high levels of vitamins that increase skin-cell turnover, say experts. (iStock/PA)

What skin types can benefit the most from rose?
Thanks to its gentle, natural profile, Dr Perry says that rose is suitable for use on all skin types – even sensitive skin – because its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties support all kinds of skin issues.

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Plus, the classic rose fragrance can be soothing to apply to the face, working as a type of DIY aromatherapy, which can help to lower the stress hormone cortisol after a long day.

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Add rose oil into your moisturiser, says Dr Perry. (iStock/PA)

If you’re new to rose products, Dr Perry recommends mixing a small amount of rose water in your usual moisturising cream and applying it on your face for a refreshing feel, although there are also lots of rose-infused products on the market that can do the hard work for you.

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