I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with my skin care regimen, but I do take it seriously. Skin is our first line of defense against infection. And besides, no one wants wrinkles any sooner than they have to accept them. But with so many skin care products on the market, how do we know which ones are truly the best to protect our skin? In my aromatherapy studies, I have discovered that rose essential oil (rose otto) provides many skin care benefits.
Essential oils are not fragrance oils
This is important to understand and a key concept in clinical aromatherapy. Essential oils are NOT fragrance oils. Essential oils are extracted from nature: trees, flowers, grass, plants. Fragrance oils are man made laboratory creations. While a rose fragrance can smell lovely, only rose oils derived from real roses have skin care benefits. Note: it is not unusual for skin care products to contain both essential and fragrance oils for the added scent. Just make sure you see “essential oil” listed as an ingredient.
Rose otto or rose absolute?
Both these oils are derived from the rose flower. However, rose otto is made with steam distillation and rose absolute comes from solvent extraction. You don’t need to know how the different methods of extracting essential oils work. The important thing to remember is that rose otto and its steam distillation make it the preferred choice for therapeutic use (in this case, skin care.) So when buying rose oil infused skin care products, check over the list of ingredients.
Skin care benefits of rose essential oil
According to The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, rose oil contains antiseptic and astringent properties, making it useful for treating conditions like acne. In 2012, a study published by International Immunopharmacology found rose oil contains an oxide that may help control inflammation. This is especially good news for those dealing with eczema and psoriasis. Finally, for dry, mature skin, rose oil has shown to soften skin which can help minimize wrinkles and fine lines.
Tips for buying and using rose oil skin care products
-Read ingredients and look for rose essential oil.
-You can buy pure rose essential oil, add it to an unscented lotion or carrier oil like grapeseed oil, and apply that to your to skin. Just don’t put undiluted pure essential oils on your skin.
-Rosehip seed oil is not the same as rose oil. Rosehip comes from shrubs mostly native to Chile. However, it contains vitamins C and A and also has many skin care benefits . Many skin care products contain both rose oil and rosehip seed oil.
Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 2013 edition