Does Rose Water Help Your Skin? Hear from Ladies who Swear by It!

You may have heard about rose water, an ancient natural beauty tonic, and wondered, “What is so special about rose water? Does rose water actually do anything? Does rose water really help your skin?" 

Probably the best way to answer these questions is to ask the ladies who are using it, love it, and can’t live without it!

So, let's start with the short answer to the question...

Does Rose Water Help your Skin?

Rose water has multiple benefits for your skin. It cleanses, hydrates, refreshes, and tones your face, for a youthful, glowing complexion. It prevents and clear acne, helps dry or oily skin, reduces redness, improves rosacea, and relieves dark eye circles and puffiness. It also helps reduce itchiness in skin, whether from mosquito bites, eczema or sunburn.

I actually had never heard about rose water until my daughters started talking about it a couple of years ago and using it to help improve their complexion.  I didn't give it much thought and figured it may be just a fad, but then I recently saw a friend comment on Facebook about it.  She had suffered from chronic itching as well as weird itchy bumps on her arms and shoulders. Out of desperation she decided to give rose water a try and was amazed that not only did the rash clear up, but the itchiness subsided as well. 

After hearing her story, I knew I had to give it a try for my crazy itching that I had that kept me up at night as well, due to hormones, circadian rhythms, who-knows-what. And to my BIG surprise, it really did help the itchiness subside greatly and I have been able to sleep so much better now.

I am so thankful I decided to look into it, as I had tried everything with no luck before that. So, I decided to search out and compile a variety of rose water testimonials and put them in a blog post. 

BUT...I  quickly found myself overwhelmed with so many testimonials that I realized that it was way more than I could fit in a single blog post. So for the sake of time and space, I've had to narrow the focus of this post to the benefits of rose water for your skin, but since rose water is also great for your hair, mood, hot flashes and more, this will be just the first in a series of posts on the amazing benefits of rose water.

But first of all, what exactly is Rose Water, anyway?

What is Rose Water?

Rose Water is a liquid that is made by distilling rose petals with steam. It is also known as rose hydrosol.  It has traditionally been used in beauty products since ancient times and has many benefits for your skin, hair, and mood.

Trina Riess

"I love the rosewater spray I use it on my face daily and I use it to help start my day with spritzing it on my hair and face I love how nice it smells!"

Benefits of Using Rose Water on Your Face

Rose Water is probably best known for all of its incredible benefits for healthy and glowing complexions. Here are what loyal Rose Water users said about the benefits of rose water to the face!

What does Rose Water do for your Face?

Wondering how we can get glowing skin? Rose water has so many benefits for the face, from glowing skin to refreshing to toning to setting makeup to preventing acne to moisturizing and more!

heather Alonso

"Just got my Rosewater.  Used it this morning on my face and man, it smells so good!"

Does Rose Water Moisturize your Face?

Rose water makes an excellent light moisturizer for your face. It lightly hydrates without the heaviness or greasiness of other types of moisturizers.

Nicole davidson

I use it on my face and hair to hydrate and smell amazing.

Andrea Ferrone

Rose Water is so divine! I spritz on my face every day before I moisturize to help seal in moisture. I use it as a face refresher often as a pick me up during the day. I love to spritz on my hair on fly aways. My favorite essential does so many things and even better that is is organic and doesn't have any other add-ins!

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Is Rose Water Good for Toner?

Rose water makes an excellent toner for your face. It controls oil and acne as well as reduces redness.

beth Ann rutta

I love using the Rose water for toning my face! It reduces redness and gives a light fragrance!

Laura Stoeckle

I love the rose water for anything and everything! As a facial toner and hair smoother, even helps detangle. One of my favorite products ever!

Does Rose Water help set Makeup?

A quick spritz of rose water will help set your makeup for the day!

Heather Allison

I use it to set my makeup, as a refresher, for sunburns on the scalp, when my head feels itchy, and sometimes to refresh under my arms if they feel sweaty.

catherine brown

I love to use it to set makeup!

Does Rose Water Help Acne?

According to Healthline, Rose water has five properties that shows that rose water may help acne:



Antiseptic and Antibacterial

Balances pH


A 2016 study published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology indicated that free radicals can cause skin inflammation, resulting in blocked pores and pimples.

Topical antioxidants, like rose water, can limit free radical oxidation. A 2011 study confirmed rose water’s antioxidant properties

Megan minnick

The rosewater is so WONDERFUL! My kids and I use it as a facial toner after washing and before moisturizer. It helped clear up my daughter’s really bad acne.

Can Rose Water be a Cleanser?

Rose water can be used as a cleanser to remove dirt and oil from deep within the skin.


Is it Necessary to Wash Face after Applying Rose Water?

There is no need to wash your face after applying rose water.

Can I Leave Rose Water on my Face Overnight?

Rose water is very soothing to spritz on your face before bedtime, and is fine to leave on overnight.

Can I Apply Coconut Oil after Rose Water?

I personally love using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer, so yes, you absolutely can apply coconut oil after spritzing with rose water.

Does Rose Water help Rosacea and Skin Redness?

One of the greatest benefits of rose water is its strong anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can help treat multiple ailments, both internal and external. It may even help soothe the irritation of eczema or rosacea.  -Healthline

Can Rose Water help Oily Skin?

Rose water is a mild astringent which may help to reduce oiliness on your face.

Does Rose Water help with Dark Circles and Eye Puffiness??

According to Busy Wife, Busy Life,

"Rose water can help soften dark spots and puffy eyes without irritation. Next time you wake up with puffy eyes, don’t freak out! Soak a few cotton pads in some rose water and apply around your eyes for five minutes. It will instantly help reduce any puffiness or discoloration and make you look more rejuvenated.

Rose water has a soothing effect on skin, and applying this regularly will fade dark circles. It contains Antioxidants which help in regenerating tissues, strengthening skin cells, and rejuvenating skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which protect your eyes from redness, contamination, itchiness, inflammation and dust.

Take two cotton pads and add a few drops of rose water. Apply the cotton pads on the affected areas for 10-15 minutes. Continue repeating this procedure twice a day until your dark circles disappear."

Benefits of Rose Water on Skin

Okay, so now you know that Rose Water is great for your face. What about for the rest of your skin? Does Rose Water help your skin? Let's hear again from our loyal Rose Water fans!

Does Rose Water help with Dry Skin?

Rose Water makes a great moisturizer and gives light hydration to your skin.

april guice

I used it after my shower because my face was so dry it felt like my skin was too tight. I couldn't find my lotion. Rose Water to the rescue. It's better for my skin anyway.

noell Roach

It smells so good. I like to use it as a body mist when I get out of the shower. 💜

Can you use Rose Water as Moisturizer??

Rose water makes an excellent and natural moisturizer, that is light and not heavy.

michele kern

I love this rose water spray for every part of me. I can spray it on my hair and not have to worry about it getting on my face because next I do spray my face . I also spray my legs because they get dry. When I’m done I rub the remainder all over my hands and arms. This definitely needs to come in a bigger size, it’s my favorite.

Does Rose Water help with Sunburn??

Using Rose Water to relieve the heat and discomfort of sunburns is one of its most popular uses. You will definitely want to include it on your next beach vacation!

erin svejda

Just used it this last week on my son's sunburn, too. Been using it for a few years that way. I never travel to the beach without it!

gina hahn

I have used it on sunburns also. Amazing how cooling and hydrating it is. The man in my house even let me spray it on his sunburn and even commented how much it helped. He never fussed about the rose aroma either.

rebekah highlen

Using it for sunburn IS my favorite use for it! I love to mist it on my face at night after a day on which I was outside a lot and got a slight burn. So far, I haven’t had a sunburn peel since I started using Rosewater on it. I haven’t had a “bad” sunburn, though. I love that it brings almost instantaneous relief from the effects a sunburn has on me…and usually by the next morning, the sunburn has faded and doesn’t bother me at all.

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Does Rose Water help Itchy Skin??

Rose water is amazing at relieving itchy skin. After reading the testimonial of Rachel below, I knew I had to try it, as my skin gets incredibly and unbearably itchy at night. I'm not sure why...something to do with hormones and circadian rhythms from what I've read, and my antihistamine only gave me minimal relief.

I was so surprised that rose water gave me such relief! Wow! I had had my rose water for months, but never knew that a remedy for itchy skin was right there sitting in my drawer.

cathy smith

I guess I’m allergic to grass. I’ve had several nights lately that my ankles have itched so horribly that I can’t sleep. On a whim I sprayed rose water on them...and promptly went right to sleep.

rachel coulter

I had to share this.  I have been suffering from some odd skin conditions for a few months.  The worst is at the top of my chest, shoulder and upper arm area.  I’ve tried everything with no luck.  Another issue I’ve been dealing with is a bizarre sudden itching and irritation all over my body to the point I want to claw my skin off.  Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I looked at the bottle of rose water sitting on my bureau and thought, what the heck…it won’t hurt, and if nothing else, it’ll smell good.  OMG, I started with my legs and before I got to my shoulders, my legs were already calm.  As for my shoulders, I have no words. [My itchy bumps on my shoulders are gone.] It was embarrassing to wear tank tops, or my dresses.  I am so incredibly grateful, for a product that has so many benefits! 

Does Rose Water help Mosquito Bites?

This was another surprising benefit of Rose Water that I had no idea about! 

Living in southwest Florida, bug bites, from mosquitos or fire ants, are a given. I had no idea that Rose Water could help so much with the itching!

becky denman

I actually used it on my ankle this morning. A mosquito took a nibble and I was scratching it like crazy. Why torture myself... Rosewater to the rescue!

Paula Ramm

I was skeptical, but thought hey, why not, and sprayed my crazy-itchy bug bites with rose water, and wow, the itchiness subsided by 90%!

Does Rose Water help Eczema?

Eczema is one of those mystery ailments that seems to have no cure. Diet is the first place to look for culprits.
While you are searching for the underlying cause, definitely try Rose Water to get some relief!

sandra Schendel

This is the only thing that helps calm my friend's eczema!

Julie Berner

Soothes my itchy eczema!

Does Rose Water help Poison Ivy?

Another surprising benefit of Rose water.  Its anti-inflamatory properties helps provide relief from poison ivy rashes and the crazy itching and discomfort that comes with them.

Remember, "Leaves of 3, let them be!"

Natalie J

Very soothing.  Made that crazy panicky itch go away temporarily

Can you use Rose Water as Perfume?

I'll admit, I was hesitant to try rose water for just this reason...that I thought I wouldn't care for the rose scent. For some reason the scent of roses always reminded me of that "old lady" scent (never mind that I am now the "old lady." lol) 

After trying REAL organic Rose Water, however, I realized that it wasn't the pure scent of roses that I didn't like, but the FAKE, ARTIFICIAL rose scent, made up of who-knows-what chemicals. 

If you get the real stuff, like the quality Lilla Rose Rosewater, you will change your tune as well!

deanna fosmire

So many uses! I was first attracted to the Rose Water because of its natural ingredients and I first started using it as a freshener after a workout, even a deodorant or perfume. Then on my face after washing, then on my hair as a detangler or for fly-aways. Finally, whenever I need a calming spritz - absolutely my favorite! Love it!

Rebekah Nold

I love to use this rosewater as a perfume and hair mist! It is a lovely pure fragrance that captures the delicacy of a rose perfectly. 🙂

What Brand of Rose Water is Best?

lilla rose rose water

Loved all these testimonials? They all came from Facebook pages and groups talking about the pure, organic rose water from Lilla Rose.

Lilla Rose Rose Water is made from certified organic steam distilled Bulgarian rose petals in a  delicate hydrosol spray.

As you can see, ladies love the Lilla Rose Rose Water! 

You have to be very careful about the quality of rose water you use, as all rose water is not created equal. Many cheap brands contain fillers and chemicals that are not only toxic and unhealthy for your body, but give you that "old lady" scent instead of the real, pure scent of strolling a rose garden in the summer.

Some may also dilute with water, to make it cheaper, but again, will not not give you the full benefits or the delicate scent of pure undiluted rose water.

If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, try some yourself by clicking the button below to shop!

noell roach

I have always loved rose water, but it was hard to find. Others I've tried seemed to be more water and less rose. When I noticed Lilla Rose had it, I had to try.

It smells amazing and the scent is long lasting.

Julie Plant

The Rose Water is one of my favorite Lilla Rose products! It smells divine!

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About the author, Paula Ramm

I'm a homeschooling mom of 7 & grandma of 7, and I help ladies create the beautiful life they were made for! I want to help you learn to create peace, joy, and purpose in your life and family!

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