By: Emily Harwood
Whether you want shinier hair, younger looking skin or just an allover healthier appearance, water is the world’s best beauty elixir. While we are constantly reminded of the benefits derived from drinking water, which are numerous, H2O also possesses many advantages as the main component in beauty products. Here is a look at just a few products that use water in a variety of forms to enhance loveliness.
Rose water, made from the steam distillation of rose petals, is a homeopathic beauty treatment used since ancient Egyptian ages. Rose water has stood the test of time because of its one-of-a-kind skin-healing benefits, which are derived from antioxidants that prevent skin damage caused by oxidative stress. When used in skincare, rose water can help combat harmful free radicals and damage caused by UV rays, pollution and stress.
Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist by HERBIVORE BOTANICALS is a hydrating face mist created to tone, hydrate and soften skin. It is formulated with coconut water, which rehydrates skin, hibiscus flower, which provides natural exfoliation and rose water, which is hydrating, high in antioxidants and great at reducing redness and inflammation.
Cornflower water is a great remedy for swollen, irritated eyes. When used in a compress, it refreshes skin and calms and relieves congestion of the eye area. Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover, with soothing cornflower, is an ultra-gentle, 3-in-1 micellar cleanser, toner and eye makeup remover that thoroughly and delicately removes all traces of makeup from delicate skin.
Rice water is also perfect as a facial cleanser because the nutrients in rice water are believed to shrink pores, reduce fine lines and both tighten and brighten skin. The Face Shop Facial Cleanser, Natural Rice Water Light Cleansing Oil Moisturizer is a gentle non-greasy formula that quickly and gently removes makeup. This toner will not dry out skin or leave it greasy. It also contains vitamins A, B and E for extra moisturizing.
Using rice water to strengthen and beautify hair is not a new beauty technique. It dates back to the ancient Heian period in Japan, when court ladies were known to have beautiful, long hair that draped to the floor. Their secret was a rice water rinse. Rice Water Shampoo + Conditioner by J. Lexi is a dynamic duo consisting of Rice Water Conditioning + Detangling Shampoo and Rice Water Hydrating Deep Conditioner. Formulated with a base of fermented rice water, which improves the condition of hair, increases elasticity, softens, detangles and adds shine, it will also nourish, strengthen and condition all hair types.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water is an advanced, gentle facial cleanser. It helps remove contaminants known to irritate skin and leaves it clean and fresh, while boosting skin hydration significantly. This facial cleanser is made with vitamin B3, vitamin C and triple purified water. It contains no artificial perfumes, dyes or harsh chemicals that can distress skin, making it perfect for use on all skin types.