Naturally Anti-Ageing

Posted on: 25 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Packed with the antioxidant vitamin A, essential fatty acids and retinol, rosehip oil is the natural choice to reduce wrinkles and improve the complexion.

Packed with the antioxidant vitamin A, essential fatty acids and retinol, rosehip oil is the natural choice to reduce wrinkles and improve the complexion.

While many flowers come in and out of fashion, the rose remains a firm favourite of many gardeners. For centuries the rose has enjoyed a special place in the affections of cultures across the world. It's a universal emblem for love and romance, and every language in the world has a word for rose, with the exception of the Inuit (Eskimo) people.

Roses also have an established place in most of the world's faiths and religions. In Christian tradition both red and white roses are sacred to the Virgin Mary - white for purity and red representing blood and sacrifice of Christ. The word rosary comes from Latin for rose garden. The story goes that St Dominic, born in the 12th century, had a vision where he visited by the Virgin Mary and received the first rosary, with each meditative based scented with roses. Now the rosary is a firmly established part of Catholic prayer. Buddhists and Muslims also use a form of rosary for meeditation and contemplation. Muslims believe that the rose was created from the sweat of Mohammed. Hindu's apply oils, including rose oil, while preparing for prayer.

Ancient Egyptians held the flower sacred and roses have been found amongst the treasures in Egyptian tombs, but Romans may have been the first to associate roses with romance, crowning bridal pairs with rose wreaths. They also scattered roses at the feet of home-coming heroes. It was the forefathers of the Persians, however, who first found how to extract the precious oil, and did so quite by accident. Before a royal wedding, the Moguls had dug a canal around the palace garden and filled it with rosewater for the couple to cross. As the boat carried the bridal pair over the scented waters, others noticed that the warming rays of the sun on the rose-infused water were producing a film of rose oil on the water's surface. The exquisite perfume was skimmed off and Persian rose oil was soon in production and a precious export. Turkey, Morocco and France are now the main producers of rose oil which, to be at its finest, comes from roses pickled and distilled just after the dew.

The smell of roses is reputed to have a soothing effect on the emotions, be mood lifting, and ease tension and stress. It's an ultra-feminine scent, and maybe because of this, is seen as having aphrodisiac qualities for men. But the oils aren't just useful for their scent. They also have a long history for use in skincare products, a tradition behind the inspiration for Weleda's new Wild Rose facial skin range.

Weleda's Wild Rose Range

Weleda's wild rose range is made from the rose hips of the wild musk, rose, Rosa Mosqueta, specially selected for it's ability to protect, revitalise and deep-nourish delicate facial skin and help prevent the premature signs of ageing.

The range includes a cleansing lotion, day and night cream, a facial toner, facial masque, intensive eye cream and intensive facial oil, each complete with a delicious and calming scent.

Rose oil is a natural anti-ager that helps repair damaged cells. All the products leave the skin as soft as velvet. Rose is renowned for its uplifting, mood-enhancing qualities, soothing the emotions and easing tension and stress.

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