To be honest, I used to file rosewater spray into the cute-but-useless category of my brain—you know, the products that look super pretty in a shelfie but don’t really do much (if anything) for your skin. In reality, though, rose water actually has a ton of calming, anti-inflammatory properties and skin-protecting antioxidants. Whether you’re looking to soothe red, irritated skin or up your hydration, you (and, FINE, your Insta feed) can definitely benefit from adding a rosewater spray or toner to your routine. And since sharing is caring, I rounded up the 12 best rosewater sprays for every skin type and exactly how to use ’em, ahead.
1. BEST MAKEUP-SETTING ROSEWATER SPRAY
Fresh Rose Floral Toner
One spritz of this rosewater spray leaves your makeup with a soft, glowy, and ultra-hydrated finish. And thanks to the super-refined formula (you’ll find only a handful of ingredients, including pure rose water, glycerin, and citric acid), you won’t have to worry about it irritating your skin.
2. BEST ROSEWATER SPRAY FOR OILY SKIN
Boscia Rosewater Mist With Witch Hazel
Perfect for oily or acne-prone skin, this alcohol-free rosewater spray is spiked with anti-inflammatory witch hazel to cleanse, hydrate, and soothe your face. Mist it on clean, freshly washed skin, wait a few seconds for it to dry, and follow with a lightweight moisturizer.
3. BEST ROSEWATER SPRAY FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Fleur & Bee Rose and Shine Refreshing Rose Water Toner
The majority of face mists are way too irritating for sensitive skin types—especially the ones with artificial fragrances or drying additives, which are most of them, TBH—but this rosewater spray has only two ingredients: distilled water and rose flower oil. Use it for a quick boost of hydration in your a.m. skincare routine.
4. BEST ROSEWATER SPRAY FOR DRY SKIN
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
This hydrating spray combines rose water with soothing aloe vera, making it great for dry skin. Just make sure you layer it with moisturizer to reap the full benefits (spraying on dry skin throughout the day can actually make your skin drier and tighter).
5. BEST ROSEWATER SPRAY FOR GLOWING SKIN
Rosen Skincare Rose Water Face Dew
The hero ingredient in this rosewater spray is castor oil: a lightweight—yet super hydrating—ingredient that leaves your skin soft and glowy. Spritz it on your face and neck after cleansing, then follow with moisturizer and SPF.
6. BEST ROSEWATER TONER
Heritage Store Rosewater Facial Toner
Sprays aren’t for everyone, which is why this gentle rosewater toner is a great alternative. Just dab a little of the alcohol- and oil-free formula on a cotton round after cleansing and before moisturizing.
7. BEST DRUGSTORE ROSEWATER SPRAY
Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist With Rose Water
Looking for a solid rosewater spray that’ll get the job done without draining your bank account? This drugstore mist from Garnier is free of parabens, dyes, and silicones. Instead, it’s loaded with rose water (obvs), glycerin, and citric acid to help hydrate your skin, aaand it’s only Dhs33. Score.
8. BEST FANCY ROSEWATER SPRAY
Chantecaille Eau de Rose de Mai Pure Rosewater
And on the opposite spectrum is this fancy rosewater spray from Chantecaille. Yes, it’s Dhs325, and yes, it’s actually worth the splurge. One spritz of the rosewater formula and you’ll feel like you’re at a spa (trust me).
9. BEST ROSEWATER SPRAY WITH WITCH HAZEL
Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Facial Mist Toner
I can’t look at this bottle of Thayers rose water without thinking of my mom—the tried-and-true formula has been a cult favourite in the beauty world for legit years, thanks to the fact that it’s soothing (hi, aloe vera) and clarifying (’sup, witch hazel).
10. BEST NATURAL ROSEWATER SPRAY
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
NGL, I like to keep this rosewater spray out on display in my apartment (I meaaan…look at the packaging). Looks aside, though, it’s formulated with a natural blend of rose water, hibiscus flower extract (a skin softener), and hyaluronic acid (a powerful hydrator). Translation: It feels ridiculously refreshing on your skin.
11. BEST ROSEWATER SPRAY FOR REDNESS
Kopari Coconut Rose Toner
A blend of rose extract, ultra-hydrating coconut oil, and antioxidant-rich witch hazel are combined in this rosewater spray that’s just as hydrating as it is soothing. Spritz it over red, irritated skin and follow with a creamy moisturizer.
12. BEST ROSEWATER SPRAY FOR HAIR
Carol’s Daughter Cactus Rose Water Volume Spray
Rosewater spray doesn’t just have to be for your face, and this volumizing leave-in from Carol’s Daughter is proof. The formula’s cactus rose water works to hydrate and define thin or flat hair—just spritz it through your damp roots after you shampoo and condition.