If you thought giant bouquets of roses were only good for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, we’ve got news for you – they’re actually one of the most powerful skincare ingredients on the block.
Ancient Egyptians were some of the first to cotton onto the beauty benefits of roses, boiling down the flowers to create a protective healing balm. While things have become a little more high-tech over the years, the incredible rejuvenatory properties of roses remain just as potent – with the ingredient packing proven anti-inflammatory and antiseptic powers, while also helping to soothe, balance, brighten and hydrate complexions.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five of the best rose-infused skincare products for you to try – meaning there’s never been a better time to wake up and smell the roses.
The facial oil: The Ordinary Rosehip Seed Oil
If you’re after an easy, inexpensive introduction to rose’s magical powers, look no further than The Ordinary’s Rosehip Seed Oil. Comprising 100% pure cold-pressed, organic rosehip seed oil with absolutely zero hidden additives or preservatives, this stuff is the real deal.
Loaded with beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids, this cruelty-free liquid gold delivers an intensive dose of hydration ideal for dull and dry skin, as well as helping even out skin tone, calm irritation, reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, and boost radiance. Try applying it at night as the last step of your beauty routine to really let it strut its stuff.
Available from The Ordinary
The cleanser: Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cleansing Balm
Meet the latest addition to Chantecaille’s renowned Rose de Mai Collection – a silky, refreshing and luxurious cleansing balm that gently yet effectively wipes away all traces of makeup, sunscreen and general daily grime.
Perfect for sensitive skin, this nourishing cleanser stars antioxidant-rich rosehip and tamanu oils, alongside soothing raspberry stem extract, exfoliating phytic acid and hydrating hyaluronic acid. Even better, it’s completely cruelty-free, vegan and free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic colours and fragrances – meaning you can go fresh-faced with pride.
Available from Chantecaille
The moisturiser: Tatcha Water Cream
Think of Tatcha’s Water Cream as the beauty equivalent to the best kind of downpour (i.e. the glorious stuff that Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande got soaked in for the Rain On Me video). This wonderfully weightless, oil-free moisturiser feels like a brilliant water-burst for all types of skin, releasing buckets of nutrient-packed hydration without ever feeling sticky or greasy.
One of Sephora US’ all-time bestsellers, its secret ingredient is Japanese wild rose, which balances out complexions, tightens pores and smooths skin texture. Combine that with clarifying leopard lily, detoxifying green tea, restorative red algae and nourishing rice and you’ve got everything you need for the moisturiser of your dreams. Oh, and did we mention there’s 23-karat gold in there too? Bring on that downpour.
Available from Lane Crawford
The mask: Fresh Rose Face Mask
American skincare brand Fresh’s signature Rose Collection has built up quite the cult following among beauty connoisseurs over the years – and the most iconic product of them all has to be their Rose Face Mask.
Originally launched some 20 years ago as the line’s very first product, this classic mask features real rose petals suspended in a lightweight gel formula. Drenching skin in an instantly cooling blend of rosewater, cucumber extract, aloe vera and green tea, it promises to calm, soothe, tone and hydrate in a matter of minutes – leaving you with soft, supple and naturally luminous skin.
Available from Fresh
The all-rounder: Omaia Rose Water Mist
Harness peak petal power with this divine rose water from homegrown, hand-crafted beauty brand Omaia. Made purely from fresh, organic Damask rose blossoms harvested in Bulgaria’s famous Rose Valley with strictly zero preservatives or additives, this featherlight mist is the perfect showcase for rose’s many superpowers – including its ability to balance out skin’s pH, tone complexions, refresh and soothe reactive skin, and lock in moisture.
That also means it’s the definition of a true beauty multi-tasker, and can be used as a toner, primer, makeup remover, hydrating spritz, hair mist and much more… all while smelling simply irresistible to boot.
Available from Omaia