Roses – symbols of love, adoration and passion – are practically synonymous with Valentine’s Day. But did you know that roses also are endowed with therapeutic properties that make them especially beneficial to the skin and ideal for skincare products. Rose oil, both moisturizing and a free radical fighter, derives from an ages old extraction process that originated in Persia centuries ago. Today, it takes about 2,000 flowers to produce one gram of oil. But price is no object when it comes to beauty and Valentine’s Day. So get your sweetie to check out the list below or treat yourself to a rose infused gift.
EXPERIENCE THE RADIANCE
Decléor ‘Expérience de l’Âge’ Resurfacing Gel-Peeling Wrinkle Lift Radiance ($66) is a resurfacing gel-peel that smoothes wrinkles, refines skin texture and evens out the complexion in five minutes. Rich in minerals, fruit acids of pineapple, grape and passion fruit, vitamins and rose-concentrated floral water, it helps hydrate and re-energizes the skin. The rose concentrate, known for its soothing properties, ensures a gentle peel.
PRIME WITH PRIMROSE
Shiseido Makeup Translucent Loose Powder ($35) is perfect for all skin tones and provides a satin-smooth. Encapsulated Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE and Bio-evening primrose oil offer instant hydration. The powder melts into skin for an “invisible” look and improves the finish of foundation and makeup. $35 Macy’s.
THE MAGIC OF M.A.C.
M.A.C. Cleanse Off Oil ($26) is botanically formulated with oils of olive fruit, evening primrose and jojoba seed. Use on fingertips and massage onto the skin to loosen all makeup, including waterproof mascara. Emulsifies into a lotion-type liquid with water and then rinses off easily without residue. Protects with vitamin E.
SOAK UP THE ROSES
Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil ($65) is made from the oil of seven types of roses and delivers the voluptuous scent of a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. The oil gently fragrances and moisturizes the skin. Lush and softly foaming, it’s pure relaxation.
Korres Wild Rose Mineral Setting Powder ($18) is a soft-focus finishing powder ideal for all skin tones. With Wild Rose Extract and reflective mineral pigments, this ultra-sheer silky powder helps absorb excess oil leaving skin with a natural healthy glow. It also reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines and brightens the complexion.
RENEW AND REGENERATE
L’Occitane Immortelle Biologique Regenerating Concentrate is a night serum with intensive action to smooth wrinkles and firm the skin. From the first application, the skin is younger-looking, smoother, firmer and appears regenerated and restructured. Each bottle contains the equivalent of 3,000 flowers! $58 at L’Occitane stores nationwide.
SOOTHING ROSE LOTION
Bulgari Rose Essentielle Body Lotion is an extremely feminine luxurious fragrance, constructed around the world’s most prestigious flower. A lightweight emulsion, perfumed with Rose Essentielle fragrance gives a feeling of well-being. Apply with a light massage to leave skin soft and velvety. A delicate emollient effect makes it perfect for use every day. $55 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
FLOWERS FOR YOUR HAIR
Enjoy the aroma of Fresh Milk & Rose Shampoo ($26) while it softens, strengthens and rejuvenates your locks. Enriched with nourishing rose proteins and primrose oil to bestow shine, the aroma of this creamy floral scented shampoo lingers for hours after washing.
A ROSE IS A ROSE
Darphin Rose Aromatic Essential Oil Care ($70) softens, smoothes, detoxifies and protects the skin against free radical damage. Apply this organic and aromatic skincare product in the evening and experience pure bliss as you drift off to sleep. Contains rose essential oil, hazelnut, evening primrose and sweet almond oil.
TENDER TOUCH OF TALC
You can count on Caswell-Massey ($14) for a touch of elegance. Try their Rose Talc after your shower or bath and you’ll feel as though you’ve been kissed with the romance of roses.
Ole Henriksen’s Nurture Me Crème ($40) is ideal for sensitive skin. Evening Primrose oil calms and softens, chamomile extract improves skin health and wheat germ oil regenerates cells for rapid turnover. The combination of nourishing oils along with vitamins A and C make this perfect for anybody who suffers from rosacea.