From The Straits Times    |

The rose has long been admired for its unparalleled beauty benefits. In ancient times, Cleopatra was obsessed with soaking in rose-infused baths. And today, it continues to reign as one of the most expensive extracts used in both fragrance and skincare.

Here’s why: Tens of thousands of rose petals are required to extract just a single ounce of the flower’s essential oil, called the ‘attar of rose’.

Not all of the roughly 150 species of the woody perennial from the Rosaceae family are used, too; only a few are widely looked at when it comes to beauty – the rosa damascena, centifolia and gallica species.

These species are primarily grown in Morocco, Bulgaria and Turkey, and are known for their potent fragrance and skin-soothing properties. They’re harvested in May; plucked while dew is still present on their petals, then processed within 24 hours in copper stills.

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But what does the rose really do for your skin?

When used in skincare, the rose is said to not only have powerful anti-inflammatory and moisturising benefits, it can act as a natural antidepressant, too. Applying rose oil to the skin is said to elicit a feeling of calm and a more relaxed mood.

Here are three more beauty benefits of the rose you did not know about:

#1 Gently cleanses and removes impurities
Rosewater was traditionally used to cleanse and reduce the appearance of pores. It has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can be used by all skin types.

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Try: Using a cleanser and toner with rosewater, like Fresh’s Rose Cleansing Foam, $63, and Rose Floral Toner, $63, will help to gently take away impurities and balance the skin’s pH.

#2 Calms and soothes inflammation
The uppermost layers of the skin provide protection from pollution and UV light. Skin also works hard to resist internal aggressors like stress and free-radical damage. But with age and environmental stressors, the skin’s barrier can weaken and let irritants penetrate.

Apart from balancing the skin’s pH, rose water aids the skin in its natural anti-inflammatory response. This can boost the healing of eczema and dryness, and calm acne-related irritation.

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Try: Rose Hydrating Face Serum, $88, and Rose Face Mask, $95, both with added antioxidants to help accelerate the healing process.

#3 Replenishes and hydrates the skin from the inside out
Both rose water and rose oil contain high levels of essential fatty acids, giving them natural moisturising properties. It is said to provide significant hydration for up to 24 hours, by helping the skin to better retain water and natural oils throughout the dermal layers.

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Try: Rose Hydrating Gel Cream, $68, and Rose Eye Gel, $65. Both have incredibly light textures that are great for Singapore’s weather.


Visit us at the Fresh Boutique, Ion Orchard B3-46, from now until April 30, and we will pamper you with an indulgent beauty experience with Roses.

Create your own artisanal rose tea and get a free Sugar Lip Ritual, or make your own scent, and receive a Rose skincare starter kit.

Discover nature’s time-tested secret to maintaining a healthy and energised complexion today.