The Beauty of Roses – How the Rose Can Help Your Skin
History & Origin
There are over 100 species of Roses, which are woody perennials and form part of the family Rosaceae. The flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, and come in a range of colours from white, through to yellows and reds. The majority of the species are native to Asia, with smaller numbers native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. The Chinese and the Egyptians are thought to have first cultivated roses, around 5,000 years ago and during the Middle Ages, monks and apothecaries grew roses for their medicinal value. In the late 18th-century, cultivated roses were introduced into Europe from China, a lineage to which most modern-day roses can be traced back.
As beautiful as they are in your garden, the extracts from this versatile delicate flower may be used on all skin types, however it is highly effective in products for dry, sensitive, and mature skin. The most common species of roses which are used in skin care are the Rosa Damascena and Rosa Centifola.
Rosa Damascena hailing from Bulgaria; has a strong scent and Rosa Centifola which is known as the cabbage rose or the Moroccan rose, has a lighter sweet scent. Both species are valued for their pure essential oils, which are derived from rose petals.
Rose essential oil contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants…
Antibacterial: Naturally antibacterial rose essential oil can help treat acne and acne-prone skin. Combined with its cleansing properties, rose makes an ideal ingredient in face washes and cleansers.
Anti-inflammatory: While we may think of roses for their iconic deep red colour, rose oils can actually help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin. Its calming properties can also help sooth Rosacea and eczema.
Antioxidants: Rose contains high amounts of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. This important vitamin can help protect skin cells from damage, such as from staying out in the sun too long. Some evidence even suggests that rose water can help prevent sunburn.
Moisturising: The natural oils found in roses, help to lock moisture into the skin, keeping it feeling smooth and hydrated. Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin, because the sugars in its petals create a soothing feeling.
Naturally fragrant: Many beauty products choose to include rose for its delicate aroma in lieu of artificial fragrances.
Relaxing: When used aromatically, rose calms and soothes the mind. In fact, rose petals are a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and calm. While this characteristic doesn’t directly add beauty benefits, it certainly makes that rose-scented lotion or cream an extra pleasant experience.
Toning: As a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowing complexion. Unlike conventional alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out.
Rose essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy as it contains the flower’s aromatic compounds. Because those compounds are thought to possess healing properties, rose essential oil is used for a number of health-related purposes. Firstly, inhaling the essential oil molecules or absorbing essential oils through the skin, will help to transmit messages to the limbic system — a brain region responsible for controlling emotions and influencing the nervous system. These limbic messages are believed to affect biological factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, stress levels and immune function.
Types of Rose Used
Damask Rose Hydrolat (Rosa Damascena Flower Water)
This is an aqueous solution of the steam of the distilled flowers of the Damask Rose, Rosa damascena. Pure Rose Water is thought to be a good facial toner for dry or sensitive skin and is also gently cleansing and toning for all skin types. Rose water will also help to maintain the skins’ natural pH balance.
Damask Rose (Rosa Damascena Flower Extract)
An extract from the flowers of the Damask Rose, Rosa damascena, this oil is extracted when the petals are steamed. Rose extract is thought to promote a youthful looking complexion with good tone, elasticity and a smoother more even complexion.
Rosa Mosqueta Oil
This oil is made from rosehips which are harvested along the southern slopes of the Andes. The oil contains retinoic acid, which is related to retinol or Vitamin A and is a very rich source of essential fatty acids or EFAs. Both retinol and EFA’s promote skin regeneration and help to fight the signs of ageing. Rosa Mosqueta offers a variety of benefits to those seeking to heal skin.
Rose Hip (Rosa Canina Fruit Oil)
This is the pressed seed oil extracted from the small seeds of the rose bush. Rose hip Seed Oil highly penetrates the skin leaving no greasy residue and is rich in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. It is a natural choice to use in moisturisers and hydrating formulations and has a noteworthy content of antioxidants and vitamins C and E, which all combine to help brighten the skin.
Rose hip is suited to a more mature skin, thanks to high levels of vitamin A, which help to increase collagen production. It’s also ideal for those with sensitive skin due to the presence of soothing vitamin E. Rosehips (the flowers which have swollen to seed) are an excellent source of vitamins A, B3, C, D and E. They also contain bioflavonoids, citric acid, flavonoids, fructose, malic acid, tannins and zinc.
Relieving, soothing and harmonising, SBC’s Rose Collection, with antioxidants, is a skin care range for luxurious hydration and protection against environmental aggressors. Developed around a classic blend of rose essential oils, this collection is specially formulated to target the first signs of moisture loss. Renowned for its anti-ageing properties, it also firms and tones the skin, while improving the skins texture making it appear smoother, softer and younger. It balances and nourishes the skin leaving it in superb condition.
British skincare brand SBC, have poured their expertise, passion, dedication and extensive knowledge into its collections, inspired by nature’s most potent and active forces.