Beauty's new 'it' ingredient does everything
As someone who values comfort over fashion (I can't with 6-inch stilettos, I just can't), I'm having a field day with the trends that have been dominating the last few seasons. Birkenstocks? Slouchy pants? Slip-on sneaks? Yes to all of that. While my wardrobe is getting sportier by the month, I'm balancing out my current tomboy-inspired style with super-girly products, including new skincare items infused with one of the most feminine ingredients out there: rose. The ancient flower is beloved not only for its delicate beauty and romantic scent, but also for the many skincare benefits that can be extracted from its cells and oil. Here, the beauty brands that are harnessing the power of rose petals now.
Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream
Sure, the formula has all the stuff that you know to look for in a good face cream, like collagen-production-boosting niacinamide and peptides. It even contains a rare rose de mai essence. But what will really make you fall in love is the texture. It looks and feels like a gel-cream hybrid-reminiscent of a gourmet custard-but doesn't sit on skin.
By Terry Cellularose Nutri-Baume Intense Relief Balm
This is the face product you break out when your skin has taken a beating from too much sun, brutal cold, or intense wind and a regular moisturizer just won't cut it. Slather on a thick layer of the rose-colored cream before bed to treat damage while you sleep. Or apply it right before you head out into extreme conditions for comfort and protection. Consider it your invisible ski mask.
Les Couvent des Minimes Beneficial Rose Complete Eye Cream
I knew I would be into this before I ever put a drop on my skin because of the addictive, sweet scent and the vintage-y packaging that looks like it's straight out of an old-school apothecary. Even better: The cream inside the tube didn't disappoint. After a week, my eyes looked less puffy and tired, almost as if I hadn't been glued to my laptop for 10 hours a day.
Om Aroma & Co. Carrot Rose Serum
I get why some women steer clear of organic skincare products-sometimes the earthy scent can be a turnoff. This one smells pleasant enough to please hard-core boho girls as well as those who prefer more traditional fragrances. Not to mention the blend of carrot and rose hip seeds and rose oil will help you get the elusive glow many celebrities are so good at faking.
Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cleansing Gel
If you're a flower snob, this antiaging face wash is right up your alley. It's made with five different rose stem cells (like damas rose and desert rose), four different rose extracts (including rose hip seed, rose water, and rose canina), plus glycolic acid thrown in for good measure. Despite the abundance of rose in the formula, the scent is actually pretty faint. I like that the refreshing formula sloughs away dead skin cells as well as cleanses.
Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Velvet Body Cream
I don't have a vanity in my Brooklyn apartment, but if I did, this elegant jar would be front and center. The body cream does double duty as a rose-infused perfume and a moisturizer, but sometimes the main reason to splurge on a beauty product is because it's a more accessible luxury than, say, a new handbag. I bet the shopping high you would get from this is almost as good. Almost.