Organic Rose Hydrosol – Nature’s Natural Cleanser
What is a hydrosol?
Hydrosols are colloidal suspensions in water, and rose hydrosol is a suspension of tiny particles of rose oil in water, obtained by steam distillation of rose plants. The hydrosol used for skin care is actually the water left after the distillate has had the essential oil removed. Rose hydrosol is also referred to as rose water.
The way the distillation process works is to separate compounds by virtue of the temperature at which they evaporate, and recondense. Those compounds that vaporize at higher temperatures are left behind in the water, including many very beneficial substances such as flavanoids and other phytochemicals and antioxidants that either do not evaporate at all, or do so at a temperature higher than the boiling point of water.
Among these are natural mild acids with a pH of 5-6, or just below neutrality, and which are very useful in the preparation of facial toners. Such toners can possess mild antibacterial properties, and offer a gentle treatment for acne skin where it can help top regulate sebum production. It is stimulating and can enervate the skin to leave you feeling clean and fresh. Rose hydrosol is one of the most beneficial hydrosols you can use for facial skin care.
Benefits of Rose Hydrosol for Skin
Rose water is soothing, and can help alleviate the effects of sunburn so make sure you always take a bottle to the beach with you. In fact it possesses soothing properties for all types of skin, and can be used on newborn infants to help alleviate or prevent diaper rash. Just wipe the baby down with cotton wool wetted with rose hydrosol and he or she will feel much fresher and mire relaxed.
Rose water is very relaxing, and many women claim it helps with the effects of PMS. It reduces stress and is very calming and soothing, and helps to reduce anxiety. This is particularly true of those having problems at work: it not only helps reduce work-induced stress but enables you to relax at night and get a good night’s sleep.
You can use it as a gentle eye make-up remover or toner, just as we have in our Tre'Yours Facial Toner. Rose Hydrosol is also suitable for just about any skin cleansing job where a gentle soothing touch is needed to prevent chaffing and help cleanse sensitive skin. However, the jury is still out on its use with ultra-sensitive skin types due partially to its mild acidity.
When to use Rose Hydrosol
Hydrosols are particularly of use when the oil itself would be too potent to use, such as for facial applications. Hydrosols in general, and rose hydrosol in particular, make great mixing solutions to use with natural clay masks. Rose hydrosol contains small amounts of rose oil and its components, known for their antidepressant, antiseptic, bactericidal, sedative and aphrodisiac effects. It is a great body splash or spray, and can also be used as a deodorant and room freshener. If you are feeling sensual, rose hydrosol gets you into a really relaxing mood and has been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years.
However, you should keep a careful eye out for synthetic copies. Rose water is completely natural, and should contain no added components. If there is an ingredients list then that might indicate that you have a synthetic copy.
Otherwise, rose hydrosol is safe to use on the vast majority of skins, and is suitable for adults and infants. There are no known side-effects of its use, and you can confidently use it as a skin care product for you and your entire family.