There’s a reason we’ve been using rosewater for centuries, passing down the benefits from generation to generation. Toners are great to use after cleansing to remove any remaining residue, reduce oiliness, and kill any bacteria, helping to reduce breakouts.
At one point, toners with alcohol or witch hazel were the most popular type. But as consumers like you become more educated on the safety of our beauty products, many are learning that witch hazel and alcohol-based toners dehydrate and irritate the skin.
Eventually, alcohol and witch hazel free toners became part of every woman’s regimen to help remove residual oil and makeup, restore pH, hydrate, and soothe the skin. They were marketed more to reset the skin’s pH.
Why Rosewater Toner Works Best
Some know the benefits of a rosewater toner for its soothing and cooling properties, but may not understand the reason why it works. Let’s back up a step.
Our skin is actually acidic with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. Our pH starts off low when we are born and slowly increases with age. However, most skin care products have a pH of 6.0 – 7.5. These higher pH products disrupt skin homeostasis and can exacerbate skin issues like rosacea, psoriasis, acne and even the signs
Rosewater has a natural pH 5.5. Using a rosewater toner helps remove any residual cleanser left on the skin, plus resets the natural pH of our skin. As a result, the rosewater helps soothe and calm the skin, reducing rosacea, psoriasis, acne and other skin problems.
How to Make Your Own Rosewater Toner
If you want to make your own toner, it’s easy! To make your own soothing rosewater toner, here’s what you’ll need:
- Pre-rinsed rose petals (organic is best!)
- Distilled water
- Glycerin or squalane
- Steep rose petals in just enough water to cover the petals.
- Allow water to simmer for 30 minutes or until the rose petals lose their color.
- Strain the rose petals out and let the rosewater cool.
- Add a few tablespoons of glycerin, or my personal recommendation: squalane.
- Store in the refrigerator.
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