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10 Surprising Benefits Of Rose Water For The Eyes

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10 Surprising Benefits Of Rose Water For The Eyes July 17, 2018

What do you need to banish those dark circles and puffiness under your eyes that make you look like a sick puffer fish? The answer is simple – cotton pads dipped in chilled rose water. I know, merely visualizing the entire thing makes you feel relaxed. Rose water was invented by a Persian scientist centuries ago, and today, the beauty industry swears by this fragrant magic potion.

Whether your eyes are tired after continuously staring at the computer screen or they are burning with fatigue, nothing can provide instant relief like rose water. Let’s see how it helps your eyes. Scroll down.

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Is Rose Water Good For The Eyes? What Are Its Uses?

Undoubtedly, rose water is extremely beneficial for your eyes. But, the beauty industry is divided on whether rose water can be used as eye drops or not. Some swear by its benefits for the eyes (as eye drops) while many are skeptic about it. But hold on! You CAN use pure rose water for your eyes.

Traditionally, rose water was used to cure constipation, inflammation, and swelling and for easing throat infection. However, a study observed how it worked in curing eye issues when used as eye drops. The study used a herbal preparation that also included rose extracts to prepare eye drops and used it on patients suffering from dry eyes, conjunctivitis, and pterygium. They also used the drops in postoperative cataract patients. And they noticed a significant improvement in their condition (1).

Rose water is mostly used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. It is used for treating inflammatory and allergic skin conditions and also for addressing eye issues. Unani eye drops contain distillate of Damask rose (rose water prepared by distillation method) along with other herbs. And these eye drops are used for treating many eye issues (2).

Needless to say, rose water is good for the eyes. However, avoid using commercially available rose water as it contains a lot of other ingredients and preservatives, which may not be very good for your eyes. It is best to prepare rose water at home. If you want to know every about preparing rose water at home (including the type of roses you should use), you will find everything right here.

Here is how rose water benefits your eyes.

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Benefits Of Rose Water For The Eyes

1. It Soothes Your Eyes

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Rose water contains flavonoids, anthocyanins, and terpenes. Moreover, roses are rich in phenolic compounds that are not just antioxidants but also free radical scavengers, anti-inflammatory agents, and antidepressants (3). So, when you apply it to your eyes, it instantly soothes them.

2. It Helps In Treating Skin Irritation

This is one of the most significant benefits of rose water. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help in soothing multiple skin irritations. Excessive use of eye makeup often causes rashes on the eyelids. And when you apply rose water to the area around your eyes, it can soothe itching, rashes, and other skin issues, such as eczema and rosacea (4).

3. It Eliminates Skin Redness

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It’s no surprise why beauties across ages have trusted rose water. It helps in improving your skin tone by reducing redness. It has antibacterial properties that can treat puffiness around your eyes, reduce skin redness, and manage skin issues such as acne.

4. It Prevents Cell Damage

This is because rose petals and rose water contain many powerful antioxidants that prevent cell damage. These antioxidants have lipid peroxidation inhibitory effects, and thus, protect the skin cells around your eyes.

5. It Has Anti-Aging Properties

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And that’s why applying rose water around your eyes will help you get rid of fine lines, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging, such as dark circles. A study found that when applied topically, it prevents wrinkles (5).

6. It Lightens Dark Circles

Rose water can help lighten stubborn dark circles. It is excellent for improving your complexion and boosting cell regrowth.

7. It Is A Soothing Eye Wash

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Yes, you can use rose water as an eyewash to soothe your irritated and tired eyes. If you are someone who works for long hours in front of the desktop, it is natural that stress will take a toll on your eyes. Keep rosewater handy as it will relax your tired eyes instantly.

8. It Helps In Removing Dust Particles From Eyes

How often has it happened that a dust particle got into your eyes, and your countless attempts to remove it with water didn’t work out? I know, this scenario is pretty common. But don’t worry – rose water can help you here. All you have to do is pour a few drops in your eyes just before you hit the bed. Press them slightly, and the dust particle will quickly come out.

9. It Heals Scars And Infections Faster

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If you have any wound or infection in or around your eyes, applying rose water can help. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can clean infections, cuts, and scars to foster healing.

10. It Boosts Relaxation and Enhances Your Mood

Applying cotton pads dipped in chilled rose water on the eyes after a hectic day at work is the best way to relax. Why? Apart from the cooling effect, the fragrance of rose petals provides a relaxing effect. A study found that the fragrance of rose petal extracts could calm the central nervous system. And this has an antianxiety and antidepressant effect.

These were the benefits. Now, I will tell you how you can use rose water and make the best of it.

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How To Use Rose Water For The Eyes

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Here are some easy-peasy ways to use rose water for your daily eye care. These will hardly take a minute or two to prepare and use.

1. For Dark Circles

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix cold milk and rose water.
  2. Dip two cotton pads or cotton balls in it and place them on your eyes.
  3. Leave them on for 20-25 minutes and then remove.

2. As An Eye Wash

You Will Need
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
What You Have To Do To a cup full of cold water, add the rose water.
  1. Use this mixture as an eyewash.
  2. Splash on your eyes and then either let it dry naturally or use a towel to pat your eyes dry.

3. For Removing Dust Particle From The Eyes

You Will Need
  • RosewaterDropper
What You Have To Do
  1. Use the dropper to put 1 or 2 drops of rose water in the affected eye (or both eyes).
  2. Close your eyes and then gently press to remove the foreign particle.

4. For Calming Burning And Tired Eyes

You Will Need
  • Rose water
  • Dropper
What You Have To Do
  1. Use the dropper to put 2-3 drops of rose water in your eyes.
  2. Close your eyes and remain like that for at least 10 minutes.

5. For Brightening The Eye Area

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder
  • Rosewater (use as per need)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the sandalwood powder with rosewater
  2. until you get a paste of medium consistency (do not make it too thick).
  3. Apply the paste around your eyes and the eyelids.
  4. Ensure that it doesn’t get into your eyes.
  5. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off.

6. For Moisturizing Benefits

You Will Need
  • ½ teaspoon sweet almond oil
  • 2-3 drops rose water
  • 2 cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the almond oil with rose water in a bowl.
  2. Dab the cotton balls in the mixture and place them on your eyes.
  3. Wait for 30 minutes.Remove the cotton pads and massage the eye area gently for a while before washing.

7. For Relaxing Your Eyes

You Will Need
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a cotton ball and use it to apply rosewater to your eyes.
  2. Let it dry for a minute or two.
  3. Place the cucumber slices on your eyes.
  4. Leave them on for 30 minutes.
  5. Wash with cold water.

8. For Treating Eye Puffiness

You Will Need
  • ½ tablespoon rosewater
  • ½ tablespoon glycerin
What You Have To Do
  1. In a small bowl, add the glycerin and rosewater.
  2. Stir and mix well.
  3. Apply it around your eyes just before going to sleep.
  4. Leave it on overnight.
  5. The next day, wash it off and pat your skin dry.

9. For Preventing Dryness Around The Eyes

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 2 cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. In a small bowl, mix the aloe vera gel and rosewater.
  2. Dip the cotton balls in it and place them on your eyes.
  3. Leave them on for 20 minutes and then remove.
  4. Wash the eye area with lukewarm water.

10. For Tired Eyes

You Will Need
  • A handful of almonds
  • ½ teaspoon rosewater
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the almonds in water overnight.
  2. The next day, make a paste of the almonds and
  3. mix it with rosewater.
  4. Apply it to the area around your eyes and on your eyelids.
  5. Let it sit for 30 minutes.Wash it off.

Rose water is extremely safe for your skin and eyes. So far, no general risk of rose water has been reported (either by topical application or ingestion). Unless you are allergic to rose, you can try these remedies with ease. So, without any second thoughts, try these

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