Hollywood's Hottest Anti-Aging Ingredient: Rose

12:03 PM 9/1/2017

by Elycia Rubin

It's an essential in many coveted products lining the shelves of Tinseltown elite.

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"Rosé All Day" doesn't just apply to what’s in that elegantly hued wine glass. The anti-aging power player currently tearing up the skin care scene comes from an actual rose (both petals and seeds), and it’s the star ingredient in many coveted products lining the shelves of Tinseltown elite.

"Rose essential oil comes from fresh rose petals, is super anti-inflammatory, helps heal skin and has a lovely, soothing scent," says Venice-based skincare guru Kat Rudu, whose clients include Dakota Johnson, Simon Cowell and Kate Beckinsale. "It's full of vitamins and essential fatty acids that are known to hydrate and reduce fine lines."

This is one precious commodity too — it takes thousands of rose blossoms to yield just one little ounce of oil. Rosehip seed oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the seeds of rose bushes predominantly grown in Chile. "It absorbs right in, helps restore elasticity and decrease environmental damage," says A-list dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio, who recommends rose hip to patients as an effective, natural moisturizer. Here, five rose-infused dynamos worth toasting to.

  • Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream

    Revered as one of the pioneers in Phyto-cosmetology, the blending of plant extracts and science, Sisley devotes an entire collection to rose with their Black Rose line — a highlight of the French luxury skincare brand that counts Allison Williams, Salma Hayek and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as fans. Utilizing a trifecta of rose varieties including Black Rose, Alpine Rose, and May Rose, this newest introduction is a water-in-oil formula bursting with naturally occurring antioxidants said to help brighten and even skin tone. The feathery texture sinks in without any residue. Expect a hydrated, luminous complexion — and, for those who appreciate a mild scent, the relaxing aroma makes for an ideal nightcap.

    Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $195; sisley-paris.com

  • Kat Rudu Liquid Lift Silk Amino Acid Peptides Serum

    It's no surprise this Romanian-born aesthetician is selling out of her eponymous line — she was raised cooking up natural elixirs in the kitchen with her mother, using everything from honey and aloe vera to chamomile tea and baking soda. Having spent the last twenty years working alongside Beverly Hills dermatologists and plastic surgeons, she honed her craft and the result is her own meticulously crafted products she calls "pure and biotic." And, it’s this highly active water-based serum brimming with rose that put her on the map. A blend of Rose Absolute, extracted from petals of the Rose Damascena plant, Rosehip Oil, vegan Hyaluronic Acid, Silk Protein Amino Acids, and Algae, it helps to nourish and feed the skin "at the cellular level." Rudu set out to create a range of products that help the face look "juicy," and that’s just what this workhorse does.

    Kat Rudu Liquid Lift Silk Amino Acid Peptides Serum, $82; katrudu.com


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  • Aerin Lauder Rose Balm

    Beauty cabinets are never quite complete without a multi-tasking balm, and fortunately Aerin has it covered with this heavenly concoction. Created with the extracts of over 350 rose petals, this skin savior instantly calms dry skin anywhere on the face and body including lips, eyes, and cuticles. It even works on hair — rub a dime size amount between the palms and work it into dry ends. Once you dive in, "you’ll never leave home without it."

    Aerin Lauder Rose Balm, $58; aerin.com

  • Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist

    A husband and wife team dedicated to safe and toxin-free products whipped up these formulas in the comfort of their Seattle kitchen. The simple, fuss-free packaging makes any countertop look alluring, and it’s the clean, food-grade ingredients in this coconut water based spray that are worth cooing over. They use rose for its hydrating and redness-reducing benefits of course. Simply spritzing this perfectly pale pink mist all over the face and body somehow makes everything feel better.

    Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, $16; herbivorebotanicals.com

  • The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Marine Collagen Complex

    Hailing from London, this trailblazing, handcrafted brand is the creation of Margo Marrone, a pharmacist specializing in herbal, homeopathic medicine who was tired of seeing hordes of toxins in cosmetics. A favorite of celebrities who prefer natural and organic formulations including Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lily Collins, many of their skin remedies are rooted around the healing properties of rose. Marrone designed this particular lightweight serum to "make skin look 10 years younger" by stimulating elastin and collagen production. Worth experiencing on that possibility alone! Two things that are instantly noticeable — an increase in moisture and fine lines seem to melt away.

    The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Marine Collagen Complex, $235; theorganicpharmacy.com