Since time immemorial, the rose has been used in beauty elixirs. Here are five rose-based face masks for supple, smooth, and radiant skin. By Anushka Goel
DIY ROSE MASKS TO HYDRATE YOUR SKIN
- 8-10 rose petals
- 2 teaspoons rosewater
- 1 teaspoon plain yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
Crush the rose petals. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and make a smooth paste. Apply it evenly on your face and neck, and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
The oils present in the petals lock in moisture, which leaves the skin hydrated and nourished. This mask is great for sensitive skin because it alleviates irritation.
- ¼ cup crushed rose petals
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 tablespoons sandalwood powder
- 4 tablespoons rosewater
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
Mix all of the ingredients to make a thick, even paste. Apply it on your face and neck, and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.
Rosewater and rose petals have anti-inflammatory benefits. While turmeric brightens the skin, the anti-bacterial properties of honey smoothen it and soothe acne outbursts. Sandalwood acts as a cooling agent on the skin.
DIY ROSE MASKS TO GET THAT GLOW
- 15-20 rose petals
- 2 tablespoons fresh aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons rosewater (optional)
Crush the rose petals with a mortar and pestle. Add the aloe vera gel and mix well to form a mask. Add rosewater if the paste is too thick. Apply on your face and neck. Wash it off after 20 minutes.
Rose petals deeply moisturise the skin, while aloe vera fights dullness. Use this mask once a week for two months, and you’ll notice changes in the texture of your skin.
EVEN SKIN TONE
- 10-15 fresh rose petals
- 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
- 2 teaspoons raw milk
Crush the rose petals with a mortar and pestle. Add the gram flour and milk to form a smooth paste. Apply evenly on your face and neck, and scrub it off after 15 minutes. Use this mask every alternate day.
Gram flour is a gentle cleanser, and raw milk is an excellent moisturiser. Rose locks in moisture, making the skin visibly smoother and softer.
REMOVE DEAD SKIN
- 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
- 1 tablespoon oats
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup almond or sesame oil
Grind dried rose petals, oats, and chamomile to form a fine powder. Transfer it to a jar and add honey and oil; mix well to form a thick paste. Now, scoop the scrub with a spatula and apply on your face and neck in circular motions. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Rose has anti-inflammatory properties so it soothes the skin. Chamomile—also anti-inflammatory in nature—is said to improve the skin’s barrier function, while oats make for an excellent exfoliator. Honey is a natural moisturiser and anti-bacterial. The oils nourish the skin further.