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What is Rose extract?

Did you know that rose extracts are one of the oldest known skincare ingredients?

One of the earliest recorded ingredients for beauty and cosmetic treatments, roses have been around, according to fossil evidence, for 35 million years[i]!

They have been used for so long for good reason. The humble rose boasts many beauty enhancing and skin-soothing benefits.

Rose extract (Rosa Canina) is prepared by dissolving rose buds and petals, most commonly in glycerin and water. They are used in tonics and anti-irritant treatments because they contain numerous volatile oils.

What are the benefits of rose extract?

Anti-inflammatory properties for inflamed skin

Rose ingredients, such as rose oil and rose water, have anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe and calm irritated skin.

Rose extract has numerous anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce redness on the skin. Its moisturising properties also aid in soothing irritation and redness. Similarly, rosehip oil, apart from being great for anti-ageing, contains a combination of antioxidants and fatty acids that make it beneficial for soothing skin inflammation, including eczema.


Rose ingredients are known to help hydrate and moisturize the skin, making it look more radiant and supple.

Roses are beneficial for all skin types, but they are especially helpful for dry skin due to their highly moisturising properties that can alleviate itchiness. Using rose essential oil can also help to moisturise the skin and protect it from moisture loss, as well as strengthen the skin's moisture barrier. Additionally, the hydration provided by roses can help balance the skin's hydration levels, providing benefits even for those who do not have dry skin[ii].


Rose ingredients are rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which can help protect the skin from free radical damage and prevent signs of ageing.

These vitamins can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and aid in collagen production. Although both rose essential oil and rose water are derived from rose petals, rose hip seed oil is sourced from the small fruits that appear on the rose plants, which are a natural source of retinol[iii].


Rose ingredients have natural anti-bacterial properties, which may help prevent acne and other skin infections[iv].

Balance excess oil production

Rose water can help control excess oil production by balancing out moisture levels in the skin. Its deep hydration increases water content in the skin, rather than the level of oils. Roses also contain astringent properties that help lift dirt and oil from the skin, restoring its natural pH balance[v].


The scent of roses can have a calming effect on the mind and body, which may promote relaxation and reduce stress levels[vi]. Aromatherapy with rose oil or rose water is a popular technique used to help relieve stress and anxiety. In addition, the act of using rose-infused skincare products can be a form of self-care, providing a soothing and calming experience.

Precautions and safety

While rose extract is generally considered safe for topical use, some may experience skin irritation or allergic reactions, particularly if they have sensitive skin. It's important to patch test any new skincare product containing rose extract before using it on a larger area of the skin. Additionally, some individuals may be allergic to certain compounds found in roses, such as fragrance or essential oils. If you experience any adverse reactions

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