The Chemistry of Rose Extract
Terpenes and Polyphenols are the two most important components of Rose extract.
Terpenes are phytochemicals found in rose extract that exhibit strong analgesic and relaxing properties. Due to the terpenes content, Rose extract is beneficial for the treatment of pain, anxiety and depression.
The main phenolic compounds in Rose extract such as Glycosides, Flavonoids, Anthocyanins, are known to have strong antioxidant properties. In the recent studies, it has been reported that antioxidants, particularly flavonoids, may also have analgesic effects.
Along with terpenes, polyphenols in Rose extract have been the major contributor to the therapeutic effects of this plant.
Rose Extract Reduces Pain and Discomfort
Rose extract is often used in aromatherapy for treatment of chest and abdominal pains including menstrual cramp. The pain-relief properties of rose extract is mostly due to the polyphenols content. Studies suggested that polyphenols possess analgesic activities to reduce pain and discomfort.
Rose Extract Helps Ease Depression and Anxiety
Rose extract has calming and relaxing effects that can be used to ease depression and anxiety. The use of rose extract in aromatherapy has long been recorded since many centuries ago. Some studies highlighted the effectiveness of aromatherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Various forms of Terpenes, substances that found in rose extract are thought to be behind its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties. Terpenes is also found in cannabis plant.
Rose Extract Supports The Healthy Functioning of The Brain
Rose extract seems to support the healthy functioning of the brain. A study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that rosa damascena extract (one of the rose species) improved the condition of people with dementia including Alzheimer's disease. The psychological effects of rose extract are most probably due to the various polyphenol contents, the substances that have pain-relief properties.
The Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Rose Extract
Rose Damascena has been shown to have excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may be useful for the treatment of various inflammation-induced diseases such as diabetes, brain disorders and many others. These antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects help prevent premature ageing signs including those of the skin.
The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Rose Extract
With the excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and calming properties, rose extract is one of the best botanical ingredients for skincare products. Personally, I prefer to use rosa Damascena extract from Bulgaria. It is widely-known as the best rose species in the world for various therapeutic uses.
Rose extract is one of the key ingredients in award-winning Rose & Cacay Hydrating Cream and Rose Gold Antioxidant Youthful Serum.
Rose Gold Antioxidant Youthful Serum is an anti-ageing serum with 24-karat gold nanoparticles and rose extract which goes deeper into the skin to target various signs of ageing. It also contains saccharide isomerate which has been proven in the study to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 79.3%.
Rose and Cacay Hydrating Cream is a luxuriously light, two-in-one serum and moisturiser for all skin types. It boosts skin hydration, calms sensitivity and promotes a radiant complexion. It has been formulated with rosa damascena extract, cacay oil, saccharide isomerate and stabilised vitamin E to protect your skin from pollution, free radicals and premature signs of ageing. A study showed that saccharide isomerate boosts the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin by up to 66%.
“ This is the perfect moisturizer!!! With a subtle rose smell and light consistency. I have a combination skin and I love the fact that this cream does not give a greasy feeling. My skin absorbs the cream, leaves my face and neck with a pleasant "silky" feeling. Would definitely recommend it to everyone. I have tried many different moisturizers and this is the most nurturing and effective one." Helena.
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