Hydrolat is a great natural cosmetic and a perfect way to take care of face and body skin, scalp and hair. What is a hydrolat, how and why should we use it?
What is a hydrolat?
- In other words floral or plant water, produced as a by-product in the essential oils production in the process of steam distillation of whole plants or their parts.
- It’s distillated water that contains water-soluble plant material substances and essential oil residuals, at 0. 02% – 1%.
- Has nourishing properties and a pH similar to the skin pH, has a subtle smell.
- Can be applied directly to the skin without dilution because it contains traces of essential oils (here good news for allergy sufferers).
Hydrolat in daily self-care
You tone and prepare your skin, for example before applying a cream.
- Skin and hair mist
You can spray your skin and hair at any time to Soothe and refresh. Hair mist should also be used before oiling. It’s best to use an atomizer bottle here.
- Rub-in conditioner for the scalp
Hydrolats applied to the scalp will help regulate sebum secretion level, soothe irritations, and protect your skin from drying out. They also support the treatment of dandruff and strengthen hair roots.
- Solvent for masks
Instead of using water, you can use a hydrolat. Mix the selected hydrolat with clay or algae. The mask will give even better results.
- Base for home cosmetics
If you make your own cosmetics home, hydrolat will be a perfect replacement for distilled water and it will enrich the product by additional properties.
Types of hydrolats for different kinds of skin:
- Normal: hydrolat made of lavender, rose, bitter orange (neroli) flowers.
- Dry: hydrolat made of lavender, rose, bitter orange flowers (neroli), rockrose, sage.
- Oily: hydrolat made of lavender, rockrose, cornflower, chamomile, black currant leaves.
- Mixed skin type: hydrolat made of lavender, bitter orange (neroli), chamomile, sage, mint.
Hydrolats recommended for different skin types:
- For vascular skin: rose, bitter orange (neroli), chamomile, linden flowers, hazel.
- For skin with acne: lavender, rose, bitter orange (neroli), rockrose, chamomile, sage, mint, hazel.
- For mature skin: lavender, rose, from bitter orange (neroli) flowers, strawflower, hazel.
- For sensitive skin: lavender, rose, from bitter orange flowers (neroli), from strawflower, from linden flowers.
Hydrolat properly matched with the skin type will significantly improve the look of your skin. If you aren’t sure what type of skin you have – it’s worth choosing a hydrolat that is recommended for use in both considered cases.