At risk of furthering the female stereotype, I absolutely love getting a bouquet of roses. They make me feel special and instantly beautify any space. But give me roses in my skincare and we're playing in a whole different ballgame.
While slathering pure rose petals or rose water on your skin is luxurious enough on its own, the flower actually has huge beauty benefits. It's anti-inflammatory, has antibacterial and anti-oxidizing properties, and is deeply soothing, hydrating, and brightening-a renaissance elixir. I've long known these facts to be true and as a result, I splash pure Moroccan rose water on my skin and press on Fresh's Rose Face Mask ($62) (which is infused with real rose petals) on before bed, both of which are always met with smooth, bright, and glowing skin.
So when I heard about the sister product to my beloved Fresh mask, the Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($45), and that it's trending by over 3300% on Google, I couldn't test it out fast enough.
First, it looks a bit like egg drop soup (which I love, so I find it enticing) due to the real rose petals floating in the concoction of rose fruit extract, rosewater, angelica leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid. From the get-go, it's love at first sight.
It's touted as an alcohol-free "cleansing toner," so I use it right after I wash my face. I always avoid patting my skin dry first because your skin absorbs more product when it's wet than when it's dry. After dispensing it onto a cotton pad (the bottle opening is quite small, so the petals don't actually come in contact with your skin), I wipe it all along my face in upward motions and find that it helps remove every last trace of makeup or dirt I may have missed while cleansing. Then, to seal in the hydration, I immediately place an emollient moisturizer on top.
After a few days of using it, I noticed my skin looked brighter, more even, and dewier. Plus, the smell is so lovely that it's a nice treat to use before bed and to wake up to first thing in the morning. Consider this rose accepted.
Next up, how to use rose petals for their skin benefits.