Are Roses the Secret to Anti-aging?

Aging skin is among the biggest concerns when it comes to beauty, and as a result, anti-aging skin care has become a booming business.

As technology becomes more and more advanced, the beauty industry is surprisingly moving away from artificial solutions and instead investing in harnessing the powers of numerous natural ingredients to help fight signs of aging. And roses have become a popular ingredient in many skincare products.

The popular floral has been used in the beauty industry for decades, although often for little more than their scent. It’s only until recent years when things like rosehip oil and rose stem cell treatments have risen in popularity in the main stream, that one brand after the other are looking to roses for their nourishing benefits.

So what exactly makes roses so great?

Well firstly, they’re packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals; all things that your skin loves. The petals also have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosehips, the seed pods of the rose plant, contain high levels of Vitamin C, again known for its antioxidant properties. When applied to your skin, the antioxidants in rose petals and rosehips neutralise free radicals to target pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and general dullness which are all common signs of aging.

Rose essential oil is created through a steam distillation process using Damask roses. Once processed, the oil is potent in antimicrobial and anti-aging compounds that speed up the healing process and stimulate cellular reproduction in your skin. This means that the production of collagen is sped up and any injuries that could make your skin look aged heal a lot faster. It’s often used to treat scars, cuts and infections caused from things like acne.

The essential fatty acids in roses work as a great emollient for your skin, helping to restore moisture and ensure your skin’s protective barrier is strong and continuously working to prevent further moisture loss. Dehydrated skin often leads to wrinkles and can also cause your skins oil producing function to kick into overdrive causing congestion and visible pores.

Finally, back to rosehip seed oil. It’s the only naturally occurring oil that is known to contain Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol. Retinol and retinoic acids are serious business when it comes to anti-aging skin care. Other forms of retinol can cause irritation, which is what makes rosehip seed oil a great option. It’s very gentle on skin and its moisturising properties help to counteract the dryness that can occur when using retinol.

So are you convinced? Luckily, we don’t have to resort to a bath filled with rose petals as Ancient Egyptians often did. Instead try these products that capture the anti-aging powers of roses…

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask

A lot of technology has gone into creating this powerful little mask and it’s the product that inspired my foray into the benefits of roses. Five rose plant stem cells, Rose Commiphora, Desert Rose, Damask Rose, Pale Rose and White Rose, along with four rose extracts, Rosa Damascena, Rosa Canina, Rose Water and Rosehip Seed have been combined into a cooling gel mask that creates an intensive anti-aging treatment. With extended use, fine lines are reduced and sagging skin is prevented. In the short term, 10 minutes with this mask on feels like spending an hour with a facialist. It’s intensely revitalising, hydrating and soothes upset skin, something that Winter weather creates a lot of. For an extra luxe experience, try putting the mask into the fridge before applying.

Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment

This potent oil uses Damask rose petals enhanced with 10 precious plant oils that work together creating a powerhouse serum for dry or damaged skin. The scent is strong but has beautiful aromatherapy qualities and it leaves your skin feeling very well nourished. It speeds up the repair of parched skin and rebuilds your skin protective barrier for long-term gain.

Essano Rosehip Collagen Repair Serum

Essano have a huge range of products that use rosehip seed oil including micellar water, moisturisers, eye creams and mist toners. My favourite though, is the Collagen Repair Serum. Whenever my skin feels lacklustre and sad, this silky serum is great for giving it a dose of love. It leaves it feeling soft, subtle and hydrated. It goes on nicely and quickly soaks in to be worn easily underneath makeup.