Rose water, cornflower water, orange tree water… floral water with its delicate notes and its sweetness is a hit in cosmetics. It has been used since the dawn of time in beauty with a different indication depending on the flower used. Discover the fabulous powers of floral waters for your skin, how to choose it and how to use it.
What is floral water?
Floral water is obtained by distilling flowers with water vapor. In the process, the water is separated from the essential oil as it leaves the still. Floral water contains the same active ingredients as essential oil but in much less quantity (between 0.05 and 0.1% of aromatic molecules). They convey in very small quantities the properties of the plant from which it comes. It is therefore gentler on the skin than essential oils, has no contraindication and is also less expensive. Essential oils and floral waters can be combined for a synergistic action on the skin.
If floral waters are prized in cosmetics, pure or integrated into a treatment, it is of course for their actions but also for their sensoriality. Their delicate fragrance often transforms the beauty routine into a bubble of well-being.
Note, if floral waters have been used for their benefits since Antiquity, they are not all of interest in cosmetics.
Did you know?
Floral waters do not mix with essential oils, but they can mix with each other, be added to a lotion, a cream …
What are the benefits of floral water for my skin?
Floral water is a gentle active ingredient, suitable for all skin types. Depending on the flower from which it is extracted, it will have different indications; moisturizing, soothing, decongestant, anti-wrinkle, toning, softening …
Which floral water should I choose for my skin type?
Floral water for the eye area
To relieve swollen, irritated eyelids and dark circles, cornflower floral water is of course the reference water. It has a decongestant, anti-puffiness, and refreshing action. It is the alley of eyes tired by the computer, swollen and ringed!
Floral water for dry, irritated skin
To hydrate and comfort dry skin, you can count on orange blossom water. If it is suitable for all skin types, its soothing, toning, moisturizing, softening and comforting properties make it a recommended treatment for dry skin.
The floral water of chamomile and Roman chamomile is also a must for this type of skin. They also have soothing and calming properties that relieve dry, irritated or sensitive skin. Roman chamomile hydrosol also has a purifying and regenerating action.
Floral water for sensitive and reactive skin
If you have sensitive skin, chamomile floral water will relieve feelings of discomfort. For an anti-inflammatory action, opt for noble chamomile which helps to reduce redness, burns, irritations. The floral water of yarrow is also all set for this type of skin. It has a welcome refreshing and soothing action. The hydrosol of sweet clover or lemon balm also have softening and soothing virtues.
Floral water for combination to oily skin
Under its very gentle air, floral water can also work wonders for combination with oily skin. The floral water of lavender or lavender aspic example has the ability to rebalance this type of skin with its purifying action. It rebalances without drying out just like hydrosols of true lavender, lavandin, tea tree, bay leaf or even geranium.
Floral water for dull skin lacking radiance
For mines at half mast, old rose or geranium hydrosols will help revitalize the epidermis and give it a boost. They both have a revitalizing and stimulating action.
Floral water for those who are acne prone
The Hunk water with its decongestant properties, astringent and soothing care is often recommended accompaniment of oily skin. It can also be used for reactive and sensitive skin. The sage with its purifying and rebalancing properties is a water treatment adapt to skin type. The floral water of peppermint is also interesting in case of excess sebum. It also brings a little touch of freshness perfect to calm the skin overheated by the sun. Without forgetting the thyme and rosemary hydrosols which regulate the production of sebum and rebalance the epidermis and the grapefruit hydrosol.
Floral water for mature skin
The immortal is one of the stars in the field of anti-aging plants. Anti-free radical, regenerating, invigorating, it helps to slow down skin aging. To keep skin looking younger for longer, complete your beauty routine with everlasting flower water.
Zoom on the floral water of the Damascus rose
Rosewater is one of the most popular hydrolats in cosmetics. It must be saying that with its different properties (refreshing, toning, softening, soothing, purifying, astringent, regenerating, firming), it is suitable for oily, dry, sensitive or mature skin as well.
Did you know?
Floral waters are fragile. They should be stored in opaque bottles away from heat and light, preferably in the fridge, no more than a few months after opening. For more information, refer to the instructions on the packaging.
What use of floral water?
Practical and nomadic, floral waters are increasingly attractive. They also benefit from a natural aura that pleases. Generally, floral water is using as a tonic to wake up the skin in the morning waking. But its uses are almost endless:
– Fix makeup
– Perfect makeup removal after using micellar water for example
– Cleanse his skin if you are not wearing makeup (geranium floral water)
– Make a soothing mask for the eyes (soak two cotton discs in cornflower floral water and leave on for a few moments)
– Personalize your moisturizer by adding specific floral water for targeted action
– Enrich a mask by adding a few drops of floral water before application
– Relieve the skin after waxing (orange blossom floral water)
– Make it easier to fall asleep by splashing chamomile or lavender floral water on your pillow before going to bed
– Kewra water is used as flavoring meats, cooking, in milk, and as an antioxidant agent.
Express recipe for purifying mask with floral water
Rather than mixing your clay powder with tap water, use floral water that will soften the skin, for example (rose floral water).
Floral water and hydrosol, a difference?
The terms floral water and hydrosol are sometimes using indiscriminately, yet there is a difference between the two. Floral water is flower water and / or aromatic plant water obtain by hydrodistillation or by maceration. The hydrosol is an aqueous distillate obtain after distillation of flowers but also of leaves, bark or any other part of plant, at the time of the separation of essential oil.
The main properties of floral water
Floral waters are very interesting for taking care of the skin. By incorporating floral water into a formula, brands make the formula a little more active.
Pure, they are interesting for pampering the skin in a natural way. To refresh, perfect a make-up removal, they are much better assets than tap water which can sometimes be a little too hard.