Glycerin And Rose Water For Face And Skin – 8 Best Ways to Use

Written by Ramona Sinha

Flawless skin is not an overnight miracle. But achieving it is not impossible either. You need to follow the right skincare regimen and use the right ingredients. Glycerin and rosewater are two ingredients that most women rely on for healthy skin. A blend of glycerin and rose water is extremely beneficial for your face (unless you are allergic to it) and can keep your skin healthy. Scroll down and find out how to use rose water and glycerin for your face and skin.

Glycerin And Rosewater: What Are The Benefits?

The combination of rosewater and glycerin is good for your face. These two ingredients have several benefits. Let’s look at each ingredient in detail.

Glycerin can help your skin in many ways:

1. It May Protect The Skin Barrier

Glycerin is a humectant that keeps your skin moisturized. The transepidermal water loss or TEWL (loss of water from your body through the epidermis) is a factor that reflects the normal function of your skin’s barrier. A mice study showed that regular application of glycerin might prevent TEWL and keep the skin hydrated and the skin barrier intact (1).

2. It Prevents Skin Dryness

If you have dry and dehydrated skin and issues like atopic dermatitis, your skin will love glycerin. As already mentioned, glycerin is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture from the atmosphere and binds it to your skin and prevents dryness (2).

3. It Improves Skin Permeability

Human skin has a low permeability. This means it is tough for foreign substances to penetrate the skin layers. This is why certain skincare products do not work for you. Glycerol (commercially known as glycerin) can help improve the skin’s permeability (3).

Rosewater has the following skin benefits:

1. It Is Good For Sensitive And Aging Skin

If you have dry and aging skin that is sensitive to products, rosewater can help keep it healthy. It has anti-aging benefits, and when applied topically, it has an astringent effect on your skin. It soothes the capillaries right beneath your skin layer and prevents redness (4).

2. It Has Anti-inflammatory Effects

Rose flowers contain tannins, anthocyanins, and essential oils. Rose extracts have anti-inflammatory properties and also protect the fibroblast cells (cells responsible for collagen synthesis) from damage (5).

3. It Calms The Skin

There is no denying that applying rosewater on the skin has a calming and soothing effect. It has a hydrating effect on your skin and is exceptionally beneficial in rejuvenating your tired skin at the end of the day and soothing sun damage.

Commercially available rosewater may contain other chemicals, which may not give you the same benefits as homemade rose water (that has pure rose extracts).

Now that you know what these two ingredients can do to your skin, let’s check out how you can use glycerin and rose water for your face.

How To Use Glycerin And Rosewater For The Face

Note: Avoid using glycerin directly on your skin. Always mix it with rosewater to dilute it before using it. If used directly, in some cases, glycerin may also make the skin dry.

1. Rosewater And Glycerin Toner

You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 teaspoons glycerin
  • Airtight spray bottle
  1. Combine the ingredients in the spray bottle.
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Spritz it on your face whenever it feels dry.

2. Rosewater And Glycerin Makeup Setting Spray

You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons glycerin
  • 6 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • ½ teaspoon tea tree oil (optional)
  • Spray bottle
  1. Pour all ingredients into the spray bottle using a funnel.
  2. Stir gently.
  3. Replace the cap and roll the bottle between your palms to mix the ingredients (don’t shake too hard).
  4. Shake it gently and spray on your face. 

How It Helps

Witch hazel has astringent and antibacterial properties that can help in soothing your skin and alleviate acne and inflammation (5). Tea tree oil not only protects your skin from bacteria, viruses, and mites but also offers a cooling sensation (6).

3. Rosewater And Glycerin Facial Cleanser

You Will Need
  • 1 ½ cups rose water
  • 2 tablespoons unscented Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 1 airtight glass jar
  1. Pour all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Whisk for a few minutes to mix them well.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the glass jar.
  4. Use it every day to wash your face.

How It Helps

Castille soap is mild on your skin and can help prevent acne. Vitamin E protects the skin from free radical damage and helps delay aging and fade dark circles under the eyes (7).

4. Rosewater And Glycerine Facial Mask

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 2-3 drops serum (pick your favorite)
  • 1 disposable cotton sheet mask
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Soak the cotton sheet mask in the mixture.
  3. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove it and massage the extra fluid on your face.
  5. Use this recipe three times a week. 

How It Helps

A serum can help treat a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, dryness, pigmentation, and wrinkles (8).

5. Rosewater And Glycerin Moisturizer

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 4 tablespoons rose water
  • Glass dropper bottle
  1. Combine the ingredients in a glass dropper bottle.
  2. Close the lid tightly and shake.
  3. Pour two to three drops on your face and massage well.
  4. Use it two times every day, once in the morning and once at night.

6. Rosewater And Glycerin Serum

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon rose water (organic)
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • ½ tablespoon argan oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 glass dropper bottle
  • 1 funnel
  1. Pour the ingredients in the glass dropper bottle. Use the funnel to avoid spilling.
  2. Cap the bottle and roll it between your palms so that the ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Store this DIY serum in a cool place.
  4. Before hitting the bed, take a few drops of the serum, rub it between your palms, and massage on your face.
  5. Use the serum every night or as per your convenience.

How It Helps

Aloe vera gel protects the skin from UV damage, moisturizes it, increases skin elasticity, and delays the formation of wrinkles (9). Argan oil improves skin elasticity and skin hydration and makes the skin soft (10). A geranium essential oil can help treat acne, balance sebum production, and delay aging (11).

7. Rosewater And Glycerin Face Mist

You Will Need
  • ¼ cup rosewater
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin
  • ¼ cup distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  1. Pour the distilled water in the spray bottle.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and swirl gently to mix.
  3. Spritz it on your face and pat it until it is absorbed.
  4. Use it throughout the day whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up.

8. Rosewater, Glycerin, And Lemon Toner for Skin 

You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup of rosewater
  • 5 drops of glycerin
  • Juice of half a lemon
  1. Dilute the lemon juice with rosewater.
  2. Add glycerin to the mixture.
  3. Store it in a glass bottle.
  4. Use a cotton ball to apply it like a toner.
  5. Do not keep for more than 10-15 minutes. Wash it off.
  6. Use it once a day.
How It Helps

Lemon is rich in vitamin C that acts as an astringent and lightens your skin tone (12).

Note: Never use undiluted lemon juice on the skin. Also, lemon juice makes skin photosensitive, so apply sunscreen before sun exposure.

Both the ingredients are harmless to the skin. However, if you are allergic to them, it is better to avoid them. Here are a few tips to consider before using these DIY remedies.

Tips To Consider While Using Glycerin And Rose Water For The Face

  1. Do a patch test before using glycerin on your skin. You may consult a dermatologist to do an allergy test for glycerin and rose water.
  2. If you have oily or combination skin, use the remedies not more than two times a week. Using them too often may make your skin greasy.
  3. Use pure rose water (homemade) and organic glycerin to avoid any skin reactions. Commercially available rosewater may contain other additives and preservatives that may harm your skin.
  4. Always dilute glycerin with rose water before using and wash it off before going out. The viscosity of undiluted glycerin may attract dust and pollution and clog your skin pores.

Side Effects of Glycerin And Rose Water

Both the ingredients are considered safe for the skin. However, you could be allergic to either of the ingredients or both. If you are sensitive or allergic to the ingredients, you may experience the following side effects:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Burning sensation
  • Stinging sensation
  • Swelling

If you experience any of these symptoms or any other symptoms and changes in your skin, stop using the product immediately, and consult a doctor.

Rosewater and glycerin can help your skin in several ways. However, you need to be cautious before using any natural ingredients on your face. This is because the skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin on your body. Moreover, if you have any skin issues or skin condition, you need to check with your doctor before applying anything on your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does glycerin darken the skin?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Can glycerin and rosewater mixture be applied overnight?

Answer: Yes, if it suits your skin.


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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.