Rose petals sprinkled in a bath look pleasing, and they also can enhance your skin and your mood. Rosewater can soothe irritated skin and tighten pores for a smooth appearance. The petals give off a natural calming scent, which can help you to push aside all thoughts of that to-do list. It also gets to work on brightening the skin, making it a good alternative to alcohol-based toners for sensitive skin. Find common ground with your inner romantic, and draw a rose petal bath for more than just the visual appeal.
Things You'll Need
Pour a bath at the temperature that suits you. Avoid very hot baths, as they dehydrate the skin.
Pluck petals from a bouquet of roses and set them in a measuring cup until you have 1 cup. Use organic roses, which are available at local fresh markets, or take roses from your own bush to avoid pesticides that may irritate your skin.
Drop the roses under the running water when the tub is halfway full. Allow the stream of water to disperse them, while infusing the bath with the rose’s soothing properties.
Pour 1 1/2 cups of whole milk or fresh lavender under the running water to further enhance the experience, if you like. Include milk to help soften your skin and lavender for its relaxing qualities.
Pat — don’t rub — your skin dry when you get out of the bath, so your skin retains some of the moisture from the rose petal bath. Apply moisturizer to your skin while it is still damp, for best results.
References and ResourcesElle: DIY Beauty: The Best Use of Valentine's Day Roses
Harper's Bazaar: Terry de Gunzburg On Roses: By Terry's Founder on Why She Uses Roses
Dr. Oz: Finding Balance During the Holidays