Rose Water Toner and Benefits: Dermatologist Guide

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 22/01/17

"Doctor, how to use rose water for skin?"

Rosewater tones oily skin, soothes sensitive skin, reduce acne, calms sunburn and repairs ageing skin. Read further to know the recipe of my favourite rose water toner along with details on other benefits of rose water on the skin.

Rose water toner

Rosewater is an ideal toner owing to soothing, oil control, and hydrating benefits. You can further combine rose water with oil controlling or moisturising ingredients depending on your skin type, for recipe see following articles:

For videos of above toners, click on this link.   

Sensitive skin

Are you looking for a product that does not irritate your sensitive skin? Rose water is your best bet! It can soothe the red and sensitive skin with the help of its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. You can soothe your irritated face by spraying rose water on face followed by gentle massage.

However, I must warn that I have witnessed few cases of rose water sensitivity as well. People with sensitive skin should scan the ingredient list of skincare products for the absence of irritating ingredients, or you can talk advantage of this list of skincare products that are less likely to cause reactions in sensitive skin prepared by me.


Rose water reduces pimples by removing oil from your face and stopping the growth of bacteria. You can either combine rosewater with apple cider vinegar to make this home made toner or use this homemade anti-acne face pack.


Are you planning a holiday? Don’t forget to take rose water along! Rosewater prevents and calms the sunburn owing to its anti-inflammatory action. You can refrigerate rose water and spray it once you return from the bright sun to aid in the loss of heat. Do not spray rose water when you are in the bright sun because it might reduce SPF of your sunscreen. If still sunburn occurs, you should follow this 10 step guide to heal sunburn. 

Aging skin

Ageing of skin is accelerated by exposure to UV rays, pollution, harsh skin care products, stress or even unhealthy diet and lifestyle. They generate harmful free radicals that can be removed by the anti-oxidant action of rose water. However, Vitamin C serum is much better option than rosewater to fight ageing skin. Read this article, to know which is best Vitamin C serum in India, US and UK.


Which brand of rose water is best?

Contrary to the common belief, many brands of rose water available in the market have harmful chemical ingredients in the form of preservatives or additives. Check out the tips on buying pure chemical-free rose water along with brand recommendations in the following articles:


How to use rose water on the skin?              

Rose water can be incorporated into chemical free skincare easily, check out this detailed list of rosewater recipe. Briefly, it can be used as:

  • Toner:   Check out the recipes for rose water toner customised for skin type by clicking the following links:

  • MoisturiserYou can use this time-tested mixture of coconut oil, glycerin and rose water in 3:1:1 ratio to hydrate your dry skin. The ingredients of this mixture separate on standing, so make sure you shake the mixture before each re-use.
  • Face pack: Rose water can be added to any face pack to impart soothing and hydrating properties. Check out, this detailed list of rosewater recipe.

  • Makeup remover: Rose water can be used as a make-up remover by wiping the skin gently with cotton dipped in rose water. 


How to make rose water at home?

There are two methods of preparing pure rose water at home. You can dip fresh rose petals in a jar filled with distilled water (available easily at chemist shops) and place them in the sun for some days. The faster method involves heating rose petals in distilled water in a clean covered utensil at low heat. Let it simmer until half the water is left, and then let it cool. Discard the petals and your pure rosewater is ready for use.


Are you planning to buy rosewater?

Make sure that it is free of chemicals as detailed in the following blogs: