Beauty Skincare

Hydrosols: what they’re about

HAIR tells you why everyone is talking about them and why your skin will love these.

If you’ve jumped onto the ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ beauty bandwagon, you’ll notice that one word is thrown around quite frequently when ingredients are being spoken of—hydrosols. However, this is not some newly discovered ingredient. Hydrosols have been in use for centuries, but have become a talking point after beauty gurus and numerous brands have sworn by the beauty benefits these offer. Simply put, hydrosols are what you call aromatic flower waters—you’ll find them in mists, toners, cleansers, etc or even used by themselves as a replacement for plain water. Here’s what they’re all about.

What Are Hydrosols
These floral waters are obtained when you extract essential oils from flowers through the steam distillation method—the water left over is the hydrosol, and this contains all the benefits that the plant has to offer. Typically, during extraction, the essential oil and hydrosol separate, with the former sitting atop the latter at the end of the process. This water has very high hydrating qualities and is comparatively less concentrated than the oil, making it ideal for those who find essential oils too heavy to use. Hydrosols contain small quantities of the same properties as the oil has, along with the many moisturising properties that may not have transferred to the oil from the plant. These are great to be used throughout the day, safely incorporated through every step of your skin care as well as beauty regime—they are light enough to not interfere with any step, and will only enhance the result of all the products that you may be using.

Hydrosols In Aromatherapy
Studies on aromatherapy have shown the massive impact that smells have on your mood, heath and overall well-being, and what better than soothing floral aromas to tantalise your senses! Hydrosols of lavender, rose, neroli are commonly used for their aroma. In fact, these floral waters were used more popularly than essential oils in olden times, and so they have been credited as the earliest form of aromatherapy. Their smell is not overpowering—it’s light, refreshing and soothing. Other than in your skin care products, this makes it great to even use them as air freshners and body mists!

Use In Products
You’ll mostly find hydrosols as your face mists and toners, though these also make for great and lightweight body sprays. These are great to use alone as many times in the day as you need, at any stage in your beauty regime. To replicate how your skin works naturally—it uses sebum (oil) and water to remain healthy and hydrated—you can use the floral water with a complementary essential oil for maximum benefits.

Skin Benefits
Since these contain pure botanical benefits, hydrosols can help in dealing with several skin issues such as inflammation, skin irritation, dryness, etc. They can be employed as anti-fungal or bacterial agents too. Just like each plant, each hydrosol can be used for specific functions—you can use chamomile hydrosols to combat puffy eyes in a matter of minutes, or use the rose one to cool and soothe your skin. Their high moisture content is great to replenish the lost hydration of the skin, so use it after your cleansing ritual, and even as a refreshed through the day. In their unadulterated state, they are complete and pure plant-based products, with a slight acidic content which matches the skin’s pH level to create a protective barrier on it to protect it against external aggressors. With these many benefits in a simple spritz from a bottle, make sure you incorporate these in your daily routine!

About the author

Hena Desai

Assistant editor/ pop culture junkie with an obsessive need to keep up with the Kardashians. Keeping my nails painted and eyeliner even is all that I care about. And world peace, obviously.