In the valley of the roses - the way to organic rose hydrolate
It's still pitch dark when the alarm clock rings for the rose pickers. At 4 a.m. the harvest begins on Bulgaria's pink shimmering fields. But it's worth it, because they produce the most coveted rose oil in the world.
When the temperatures are still fresh and pearls of dew are glistening on the Damask roses, their oil content is at its highest. It decreases with the rising sun and has already dropped to 30-40% at noon. That's why the magic is usually over by 9 a.m. And yet it takes 1 ton of flowers just to get up to 300 grams of rose oil!
In every bottle of our FIVE facial serum with organic rose petal hydrolate as the main ingredient there is a whole sea of rose petals. We rely on roses from organic cultivation. The valuable active ingredients of the organic flowers are concentrated in a hydrosol by steam distillation, which, in addition to a lot of moisture, also has the positive properties of the Damask rose. And there's something for every skin type...
Rose blossom hydrolate is so good for your skin
Like Cleopatra's legendary bath cream, the Damask rose is one of those ancient beauty tips that stand the test of time. And that's because they're just brilliant. Here are my top 5 reasons why you will love rosewater in skincare:
The hydrolate contains the most important properties of rose oil and supplements them with plenty of liquid. Dry skin is optimally cared for and feels well-groomed. In addition, good skin hydration is the key to a fresh, youthful complexion. It prevents dryness lines and premature skin aging.
Soothes sensitive skin
Rose hydrolate has an anti-inflammatory effect and regulates the pH value. In this way, it contributes to a faster reduction of redness and sensitive areas or prevents your skin from becoming unbalanced in the first place.
Smoothes the skin
The moisture kick cushions your tissue and makes you look fresher and firmer. At the same time, rose hydrolate contains valuable nutrients for an even, smooth complexion.
Has a decongestant effect
Swollen eyelids? Bye Bye! Rose water has a refreshing effect on the skin and promotes blood circulation. This supports the drainage of accumulated lymphatic fluid, which causes bags under the eyes to form overnight.
Strengthens cell protection
Rose water contains a vitamin cocktail that contains vitamin E, among other things. This powerful antioxidant prevents oxidative cell damage. They are intensified by stress, sun exposure or simply the many environmental influences that you find difficult to resist.Your cell protection is one of the top measures for a fresh appearance!
Rose water for impure skin
With many ingredients that are particularly good for sensitive skin, the focus is on rich care and a minimum of irritation. Rose hydrosol also scores well with impure skin, so I would like to briefly emphasize this point.
Rose water contains tannins and has an antibacterial effect. It gets to the root of the problem by killing the pathogens that cause pimples and causing the pores to contract - hello finer complexion! At the same time the hydrosol regulates sebum production and is considered non-comedogenic, so it does not clog the pores. This way there is no vicious cycle of drying out and greasing, as is the case with some other, more aggressive ingredients.
In the case of rose hydrolate, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect play wonderfully together. That is why it is also a popular ingredient in mild facial tonics and cleansing lotions. In moisturizing serums, it provides care with a wonderfully carefree skin feeling.
Why moisturizer must contain water
You might be surprised that I'm such a fan of rosewater. If you've been following my blog for a while or browsed the FIVE website, you may remember my popular article "Why water belongs under care, not in care".
It is true that we use waterless formulations for most of our products in order to reduce the need for preservative. However, moisturizing serums cannot do without moisture. They usually contain ingredients with a hygroscopic effect such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid. By magnetically attracting water from their surroundings, these substances prevent moisture from evaporating from the skin after application. For those thirsty molecules, moisturizers practically bring their own drink. A must in this case.
This automatically means that conservation is needed. But don't worry, it can also be done naturally and very gently for sensitive skin. The article "Natural preservatives - you can also do without alcohol" tells you how we preserve and what is important for the shelf life.