Wondering what to do with your Valentine’s Day roses when they start to wilt? Don’t toss them out. Instead, throw the silky soft petals in your bathwater to reap the many beauty benefits of this beautiful bloom. Rose has long been a favorite skincare ingredient because of its high level of antioxidants. Rose is also extremely effective at soothing inflammation, strengthening capillaries, reducing redness and purifying the skin. In fact, it’s the perfect rescue for winter-ravaged skin. From classic best sellers to new innovations with breakthrough formulas, here are our favorite rose skincare products that harness the botanic’s flower power:
Chantecaille La Crème a la Rose De Mai, $210.
The Rose de Mai from Grasse, France is one of the world’s rarest roses, blooming only three weeks during the month of May. It’s rich in vitamin C, which has powerful anti-aging and purifying properties. This extremely moisturizing cream combines the rose extract with two types of plant stem cells, niacinimide and a probiotic complex. The effect: it stimulates your skin’s natural immune system, boosts radiance from within and improves your skin’s natural ability to protect, repair and hydrate itself.
Board and Batten Rose Hip Facial Cleanser, $27.
Board and Batten is a line of hand-blended natural skin products crafted at a plantation style farmstead in Lake County, Florida. The company is dedicated to creating the most beneficial “farm to skin” skincare products. Cleanse, tone and nourish dry or sensitive skin with this super gentle facial cleanser that combines softening rosewater, nourishing rosehip oil and vitamin C.
Olivine Love & Roses Beauty Mist, $36.
This blend of natural essential oils, flower essences, and floral waters is a true multi-tasker, and 100% natural, vegan, and creutly-free. Use it to soothe, revitalize and soften skin, or to refresh your hair when it’s feeling drab. Charlotte’s Book loves facial sprays in general; but, we particularly love this one! Mist liberally on face, hair, and body for instant hydration and soul-affirming aromatherapy.
Kypris 1,000 Roses Beauty Elixir, $225 or Kypris-Mini 1,000 Roses Beauty Elixir $90
Rose is really the queen of all oils. This 100% active, moisturizing beauty oil contains a plethora of botanical extracts and the essential oil of 1,000 organic Bulgarian roses to repair signs of environmental damage and deliver dewy, glowing, rose-petal-soft skin. Rose has been studied for its ability to uplift spirits and combat acne; and, this gorgeous essence is great for both. Also in the elixir: yeast-derived Kaneka CoQ10, which has been shown to diminish the appearance of discoloration caused by sun damage, and highly stable, pure vitamin C and vitamin E that work together to support the skin’s production and protection of collagen for increased resilience and suppleness.
Blink Pure Rose Water Gel, $40.
This refreshing, cooling gel is the ideal antidote for irritated skin, perfect to use after threading, waxing, or tweezing your brows. It contains soothing organic rose water, aloe vera, plum weed oil and cucumber that heal, nourish and refresh skin.
Laura Mercier Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil, $62.
This lightweight, yet powerful, fast-absorbing oil renews skin, leaving a healthy, radiant glow and soft to the touch texture. It contains a restorative blend of naturally conditioning super oils that infuse skin with nutrients and balance moisture. It’s recommended for all skin types; and, you can use it anywhere, including dry patches of skin, lips, nails, cuticles and split ends. Add a few drops to regular moisturizer to give it an added moisturizing boost.
The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream, $88.
This 96.5% organic, light and nourishing cream contains rose and rose hip, blended with bilberry, gotu kola, aloe and shea butter to promote cell regeneration, reduce broken capillaries and make skin glow.
By Terry Baume De Rose, $60
The super luxe lip moisturizer is a cult favorite among celebrity makeup artists and aestheticians. It contains a blend of rose wax and natural oils that repair, nourish, and regenerate for lasting lip protection.