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Is Rose Oil Really Good for the Skin?

Rose oil is an essential oil that has been used in organic skincare routines, aromatherapy as well as to treat health conditions for centuries.

Although most widely used in perfumery, many organic beauty companies have adopted rose essential oil into their products due to its ‘cosmetic benefits’.

But, is it really good for your skin? More particularly, your face – one of the most sensitive areas of skin on your body.

Read further to discover more about rose essential oil and what is rose oil good for.

What is Rose Oil?

Rose essential oil is extracted from the petals of various types of roses using different types of extraction techniques.

Each extraction technique produces a certain type of rose essential oil:

  • Solvent extraction – produces an absolute called ‘rose absolute’, which is used more in perfumery.
  • Supercritical CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction – produces a concrete that may be marketed as a ‘concrete’, ‘absolute’ or ‘CO2 extract’. Rose CO2 extract represents the natural fragrance of fresh roses (Rosa damascena) more closely.
  • Steam distillation – produces an essential oil called ‘rose otto’ or ‘attar of roses’, which is used more like a topical application in aromatherapy.

However, 2 major rose species are cultivated for its essential oil:

  1. Rosa centifolia, also known as a ‘damask rose’
  2. Rosa damascena, also known as a ‘cabbage rose’

Although rose oil is a natural oil, it’s important to keep in mind that the essential oil does contain beneficial organic chemical compounds. These chemical compounds include rose oxide, geraniol, nerol, farnesol, stearoptene, α-pinene, β-pinene, α-terpinene, limonene, p-cymene, camphene, β-caryophyllene, neral, citronellyl acetate, geranyl acetate, citronellol, eugenol, methyl eugenol, β-pinene, α-damascenone, β-damascenone, phenyl ethyl alcohol, benzaldehyde, benzyl alcohol, rhodinyl acetate, neryl acetate, phenyl ethyl formate and linalool.

Natural rose essential oil is generally safe for to use, though some may feel a negative reaction as a result of allergies or sensitive skin. This is why it is always important to first test the oil on a small area of skin to ensure your face will be able to tolerate it.

If you’re not one to fall under this category, you’ll enjoy an array of skincare benefits that comes with from using organic rose oil thanks to its richness in antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids.

But more specifically, why is rose oil good for your skin?

Here are 5 main reasons why rose oil is good for your skin


Rose oil is high in vitamin C and A. These are perfect exfoliating agents as vitamin C encourages cell regeneration while vitamin A encourages skin cell turnover. As a result you’ll feel a natural, radiating glow.


With the changes in season throughout the year, it’s vital to keep your face hydrated; and this does not mean drinking water. Rose oil contains linoleic and linolenic fatty acids, which retains the strength of the cell walls to lock in hydration.

Boosts Collagen

Collagen is plays a key role in maintaining your skin’s elasticity. As you age, your body generates less collagen. Luckily, the vitamin C and A in rose oil will have you covered by hindering the enzymes which break down the skin’s collagen.


According to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, rose oil has been statistically proven to moisturize the skin. However, many are skeptical about applying an oil to the face due to dreaded breakouts. Still and all, organic rosehip oil is recognized as a substantial moisturizer as the consistency of the oil is non-greasy.

Reduces hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is commonly caused by the overproduction of melanin in specific spots on the skin. You may recognize this as flat, dark patches on the skin which take various shapes and is typically light brown to black in colour. Vitamin A contains ‘retinoids’ which reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Rose oil also consists of natural skin-lightening properties, ‘lycopene’ and ‘beta carotene’, which assists with reducing hyperpigmentation.

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Disclaimer: The above information is simply a general guide and should not be taken as professional advice and you use it at your own risk. Please make sure to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional before using the above information. Read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

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