With a season that is bursting with beautiful floral prints, I thought I’d round up my current favourite Rose-based beauty products.
Well there are a number of ‘rose’ ingredients that can help you achieve or maintain a gorgeous complexion. Firstly you have Rosehip Oil, which I swear by when I’m not using my Argan Oil at night. The oil is super nourishing and is proven to help the skin heal, so it’s great for evening out skintone and reducing the appearance of scarring etc. I use it as an overnight facial of sorts.
NB: Don’t ever believe that using oils on your skin if you’re oily already is a bad thing. Think about it. If you’re skin is already being fed the good stuff, it won’t feel the need to produce the bad stuff and as such is great for balancing out oily/ combination skin.
Another ‘rose’ ingredient out there is Rose Water. This gem has been used in beauty products for centuries and is amazing for balancing out your skin. You can use the water as a hydrating cleanser, toner (it’s great as a mist to tighten pores and reduce inflammation for anyone that has acne/bad skin) and can even be added to other products such as moisturisers to improve the pH balancing qualities.
The last ingredient I’ll be mentioned is Rose Extract. It’s potent stuff and as a result the stronger concentrations come at a price. Ila Spa use some seriously quality Rose Otto Oil extract in their facial oil (buy it here for £68, www.ila-spa.com) and they are heavenly. Watch out for the price tag but if you can, give it a go you wont turn back!
So on to my recommendations…
This Works Clean Skin 5-in-1 Water
This soon-to-be-cult product really does offer you 5-in-1. It cleanses, balances, brightens, refreshes (it’s got Wild Water Mint in there somewhere) and removes makeup – which is pretty amazing as it feels as light as water when you apply it and isn’t astringent at all. I use it in the morning and evening before I wash my face to make sure that I get all the London grime off and don’t think I can live without it.
Melvita Rose Nectar Fresh Micellar Water
If you don’t want to splash the cash on the 5-in-1, come June 2012 you’ll be able to get your hands on the divinely scented, new Rose Nectar Collection from Melvita and it’s rather nice. I love the multi-tasking Fresh Micellar Water which cleanses, removes makeup and tones all at once.
Look out for the great collection in June and this product is £14.50.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Facial Wash
If cleansing is what you’re after you need look no further than NYR’s Rose Facial wash. I gave this to a friend to try (as I’m currently sampling another!) and she’s in love. The product has a super light texture and glides over your skin as you massage it into damp skin. It’s got Aloe Vera and Rose Otto in there too so is great for balancing the skin and reducing irritation.
For makeup lovers, it ain’t got no rose in it but if you’re after a touch of posie to your cheeks, you can’t go wrong with Benefit’s PosieTint (£24.50). I love this on flawless skin (which is where the other products come in!) and it’s great for people that are low maintenance but want the ‘pretty’ look.
If you’re looking for a full on pout along the rose theme, you need some by Terry Aqualip Jelly Tint in your life. For goodness sake don’t test it on any part of your body that you want people to see as this stuff stains for days (note the ‘tatoo color’ note on the box)… but boy does it give the perfect posie pout for summer. This is a must have for the beach as you’re lip colour will last all day – just don’t be put off by the neon orange colour it looks like in the pot, it does come out a perfect posie pink.
Get in SpaceNK stores from May for £22.
FYI If you love the bunch of roses I used here you can buy them as seen from the amazing Jane Packer Florists for £40 at www.janepackerdelivered.com