Roses tend to be the go-to gift for Valentine's Day, and with good reason — they're gorgeous, smell fantastic, and are a symbolic gesture of "love". But roses have also become a somewhat cliché romantic gift over the years. Instead of rushing to the grocery store for a generic plastic-wrapped bouquet, comb the aisles for the ingredients to one of these DIY rose-infused therapeutic bath and skin remedies.
Why roses? Roses are much more than just beautiful eye candy, which is why they have been used for centuries for their healing and therapeutic benefits. Rose petals can calm your mind, soothe your skin, and even quench your thirst. They are a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help tone your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The essential oil from rose petals moisturizes and hydrates, and the alpha-hydroxy acids exfoliate and tighten pores. Roses also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can de-puff and reduce redness. Keep in mind that when making these recipes, you'll want to make sure your roses or dried rose petals are organic so they are free of harmful chemicals.
1. Rose + Chamomile Goddess Scrub by Henry Happened.
2. Rose Petal Bath Salts by Everyday Elise.
3. Rose Water by Free People.
4. Rose Bath Bombs by The Fitnessista.
5. Rose Milk Bath by Henry Happened.
(Image credits: Henry Happened; Everyday Elise; Free People; Fitnessista; Henry Happened)