Heritage rosewater isn't available where I live but there's various organic rosewaters here,there's a bottle of rosewater in every house here because rosewater has a significant role in our tradition.they use it as a room fragrance in our masques,and rosewater is used in a lot of our traditional desserts(for example we mix rice,saffron,sugar,cardamom and rosewater and cook them until rice soften and melts..then let it cool and sprinkle cinnamon and grounded pistachio on it.it's a famous traditional dessert in my country named Shole Zard.they also use it in sweet rose water drinks and rose petal jam.but I use it differently.I'm on a ketodiet and mix whipped cream,vanilla powder,stevia sweetner and rosewater to create a yummy ketofriendly homemade ice cream).I know this is not a cooking forum I just shared these to say rose water is daily used in kitchens here,but people rarely use it for skincare purposes
First time I used rosewater on my skin was when I ran out of Caudali Grape Water spray.I decanted some organic rose water in a tiny glass spray bottle(I normally use these bottles to decant perfume in them) and sprayed it all over my face,then applied a moisturizer(I mix my moisturizer with 2 or 3 drops of rosehip oil or any other facial oil) while my skin was still moist.since then I usually use rosewater as a thermal water and toner,spray it right after washing my face,before putting on serum or moisturizer.unlike branded toners,it doesn't irritate and tighten my skin.it just soothes and refreshes my skin and makes my moisturizer blend and spread easier and sink in faster,also my skin feels more hydrated when I apply my serum or moisturizer right after spraying rosewater.after using it daily for a month I feel my face isn't as red,dry and sensitive as usual
It's very cheap and widely available and doesn't irritate my skin or break it out(I even spray it around my eyes),I'm not a snob but I usually don't feel good when I use cheap skincare products but not in this case.it feels great to put something natural and organic on my face.I always put a 10mil spray bottle of it in refrigerator(the one they sell here comes in a huge transparent glass or plastic bottle with no spray).I highly recommend you to try it if you don't dislike rosewater's scent(as,it lingers for a long time)(atleast the pure,organic,food grade ones we have here have a strong natural scent which I don't dislike)
p.s: I use Mac Prep&Prime rose scented water to spray on my face as last spray so that my foundation looks more skin like/less cakey.I love it eventhough I don't see any difference in longevity of my makeup.One time on a trip,I used rosewater instead of that to freshen my makeup and it performed as good as my beloved Mac spray!
2nd p.s: my friend told me she mixes a few drops of coconut oil in rose water and uses it as makeup remover(moistens microfiber clothes with this mixture to remove makeup),she also uses the combo to refresh her mouth and get rid of keto breath.I haven't tried it yet but I definitely will