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Copley theorized that rose is the ultimate sensual package: “The color of passion, a rose is composed of delicate petals that are soft to the touch, a beautiful bloom that unfolds seductively, and a prickly stem that recalls the hidden snares of love.” Less prosaically, but perhaps more relevant to us wrinkle warriors, rose is a powerful antioxidant and skin rejuvenator. As June is National Rose Month, what better time to embrace it in our skincare.
If you thought rose sometimes turns up in your potions and lotions simply because it has a nice pong, you were wrong. There’s a ton of research validating rose’s anti-aging potency. According to researchers in the UK, rose extract demonstrated anti-collagenase, anti-elastase, and antioxidant activities and those antioxidant activities are nearly as high as those of white tea (source). Rose flower extract actually prolongs life – at least that of flies in an experiment conducted in 2008 and of mice, according to Chinese researchers. Korean scientists found that white rose flower extract had “excellent antioxidant potency and could scavenge free radicals.
So now that you are convinced that antioxidant is a rose by any other name, here is a veritable garden of beauty products that will ensure you retain the bloom of youth.
Marie Veronique’s Anti-aging Body Oil Rose and Neroli ($64). Rose absolute is greedy when it comes to flower consumption, devouring a full 24 roses for just one drop. Or so I’ve been told. If it is true, then 420 of them were sacrificed for every four ounce bottle of Marie Veronique’s Anti-aging Body Oil. In addition to our favorite flower, there’s avocado oil, apricot and water melon. Read the full review
Sevani Rose Hyaluronic Age Defying Tonique (2 fl oz for $39 in the TIA shop). This mist’s smell is transporting and just one of the reasons why I love this product. As well our favorite flower, there’s tremella hyaluronic acid. Tremella is a mushroom that has water-retention capabilities (as well as being a source of vitamin D and an antioxidant that enhances the body’s own superoxide dismutase. There’s also antioxidant pomegranate. Spritz before using your LED light or as a base for a face oil – such as Sevani’s Serum Vitale ($65 in the TIA shop) with rosehips.
Your Best Face Private Reserve Antioxidant Treatment Oil with Rose ($75 in the TIA shop). This deceptively simply, versatile and very welcome addition to my bathroom. With only four ingredients, two of them being hard-hitting antioxidants, Private Reserve is a refreshing change from all those complex formulations out there. The less is more formula has potent concentrations of two antioxidants, spin trap and Lipochroman-6. For a limited time, the version with Rose is back! Read Ki G’s review.
REN Rose Synergy 012 Restoring Facial Serum ($80). Instead of water, the base ingredients are rice germ and jojoba oils, which improve the skin's barrier function against moisture loss. The list goes on to include oils from camellia, macadamia, soybean, clove, artic cranberry seed, and seabuckthorn. Despite a greasy consistency, the skin soaks it up and a little goes a long way. Read the full review
La Vie Celeste Restorative Rose Hydrosol Eye Cream ($60 in the TIA shop). There are so many good anti-aging ingredients in this eye cream that it is easy to overlook the rose hydrosol, a rose water with humectant as well as antioxidant effects. There’s also caprooyl tetrapeptide-3, a skin-firming peptide, R-lipoic acid and dark circle reducing bearberry. A high quality, natural product at a decent price. Read the full review
Snowberry Soothing Facial Massage Oil ($32). Rosehips are the seed pod of roses and an amazing source of fatty acids. In this facial oil, they are bolstered by inca imchi, passionflower and pomegranate. Especially formulated to be non-irritating, this is very calming and soothing. Read Kim’s full review
Royal Nectar Mask ($59) and Royal Nectar Moisturizer ($48). Although bee venom – the key active in this mask and moisturizer – gets all the buzz, there are plenty of other good ingredients. And rosehip is one of them, along with apricot and avocado. I reach for these go get healthy glowing skin on the days when my skin is dull and dour. Read Mark’s review of the moisturizer and Emily’s review of the mask.