Yes, they smell fabulous; yes they look beautiful; and if you’re a guy who waits for the last minute to pick up a Valentine's Day (or "I goofed") gift; yes a dozen of these will do just fine. Did you know that roses also top the list of some of the most valuable flowers on the planet when it comes to skincare? Naturally, being the month of love (especially self love!), Rose is our spotlight ingredient of the month. Here’s why...
First, a fun fact: It takes tens of thousands of rose blossoms, picked just as they are unfolding in the early hours of dawn, to yield 1 ounce of rose essential oil. And while all roses produce beneficial oil, it’s the Bulgarian Rose that produces the stuff that dreams are made of. The conditions in the Bulgarian Rose Valley of Bulgaria are the perfect match for the ultra-delicate rose, and it is in this valley where the world’s most carefully harvested and perfectly potent rose oil is produced - and here’s why you need it.
It’s enormously hydrating:
If you aren’t suffering from dry skin in the middle of February, lucky you - For the rest of us, we can count on rose oil to help our skin maintain moisture. In the same way that the oil within the flower keeps the delicate petals from drying out, rose oil will lock precious moisture within your skin cells to provide all day hydration.
It’s anti-inflammatory and a best friend of ultra-sensitive skin:
Redness from rosacea, broken capillaries, eczema and other forms of inflammation is zapped by the soothing properties of the rose. When treated with high quality rose oil or rose water, hot and inflamed skin will feel instantly cool and calm. Regular use has also been shown to strengthen vain walls and heal tiny spider veins!
This month, our love letter goes out to the one and only rose.
It promotes cell turnover like no one’s business:
Thanks to high levels of vitamin A and C, rose oil helps to speed up cell turnover, meaning that damaged cells in the form of fine lines and hyper pigmentation will be changed out with new and more plump and bright cells at a faster rate.
It’s naturally astringent i.e. the perfect bacteria fighter and toner.
Rose is one of the most gentle (but also uber-effective) ways to remove breakout-causing bacteria. Its astringent properties also help to tighten pores and restore suppleness without drying skin out like many other alcohol-based toners.
It’s a serious mood booster:
Rose oil is often recommended by aromatherapists to calm the nervous system and relieve symptoms of depression. In the dead of winter, everyone could use a little happy-boosting pick-me-up!In this month of love, remember to treat yourself (and your skin). Try one of these amazing rose-infused products and feel the magic of the rose take hold.