There are some beauty products that are worth splurging on, and then there are those you can make yourself – which are as good or better than anything you can buy.
Take rose water for example. It’s super easy to make and has a host of healing benefits. But the smell alone like a walk through a rose garden, is heavenly enough to perk you up. Applied to your face after cleansing with a cotton ball and/or spritzed lightly before applying cream will freshen you up and prepare your skin to absorb the moisture.
As a skin soother, rosewater is an all-in-one solution. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce excessive skin redness, whether from broken capillaries or general skin blotchiness. It also has hydrating properties that help to soothe dry, irritated skin, and is used as a cooling treatment for sunburns.
Rosewater has mild astringent qualities, making it a good choice to remove excess skin oil and tone pores. You can even use it as a cleanser itself to remove excess dirt and oil, thus keeping pores unclogged.
To make rose water you need just two cups of distilled water (you can also use Spring), and clean rose petals. I used beautiful red rainforest petals. I added a teaspoon of vodka, which acts as a preservative but you don’t have to. It can be alcohol-free but it may not last as long. And of course vodka on it’s very own or with a few olives is a necessary beauty pick-me-up (for another post). Kidding!
Simmer all the ingredients on low for about 30 minutes. Let it cool before straining into bottles. I keep a larger glass bottle in the fridge and refill a smaller one. That’s it. I compared mine to one from another leading brand and am happy to say that mine compared just as well…maybe more so (but of course I’m biased).
Have you tried making your own?