In the world of cosmetics, hydrolates have been gaining more and more popularity in recent years and their use is becoming more widespread. Although there is a lot of talk about them, rarely does anyone know what is actually hidden in those small bottles and what is the best way to use them.
First of all, when we talk about hydrolates, we mean by-products that are created during the production of essential oils. As you know, essential oils are obtained by distillation and the condensate that is released during this process is called hydrolate or hydrosol.
This magical liquid hides numerous aromatic and medicinal substances from a living plant and has a similar effect as the related essential oil. A very important difference between them is that the oils are mostly used diluted, while the hydrolates are applied directly to the skin.
As the hydrosols acquire the aroma of the plant, each of them has a specific odor.
How are hydrolates used?
Hydrolates are multifunctional products and can be used in countless different ways. A bottle of dichlorate should be a part of every home pharmacy or cosmetic table because it is a preparation that solves numerous health and aesthetic problems.
Of course, hydrosols are most often used for face tonics. You can spray it directly on the skin and wipe it with a cotton ball, or pass it over the face with an already wet swab. Its function is to refresh the skin, remove metabolic products, or other impurities. It can also be used after cleansing milk where it will eliminate excess preparations or possible makeup residues.
Hydrolates can also be added to most cosmetic products and thus enrich them and make them more effective. Whether it is a shampoo, bath, tonic, or face mask, they will work much better and more intensely if a tablespoon of hydrosol is added to them.
If you want soft, shiny and well-groomed hair, hydrolates can help you with that as well. You can use them to rinse your hair after washing or simply spray the ends of your hair after drying. The positive aspects of using these floral waters are that they do not grease the hair.
Additional skin hydration
Apart from being a tonic, the hydrosol is also used as a spray to refresh and hydrate the face. It is applied by spraying directly on the skin of the face and then left to dry, followed by a face cream. If you are not using cream but vegetable oils, apply them to still-damp skin and rub the oil until it is completely absorbed.
Which are the best hydrolates?
Tea tree hydrolate
Just like the essential oil of this plant, tea tree floral water has antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is intended for people with inflamed acne skin but also for those with various fungal changes. It has also proven to be excellent as a disinfectant for wounds and scratches, as well as for applying to the skin after shaving.
This hydrolate shrinks pores and is used in the treatment of combination and oily skin and regulating fat secretion. Due to that effect, it is also applied by people who have a problem with excessive oiling of the skin. It is also good at sweating prevention.
Chamomile oil has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect and is recommended for the care of sensitive skin types. It alleviates allergies, redness and irritations. That’s why it can be used by mothers on their babies who suffer from diaper rash. Chamomile hydrosol is also great for relieving redness after sunbathing.
Flower rose water is probably one of the most popular hydrolates. From ancient times the women around the world use it to treat dry, thin, sensitive and mature skin. It improves the functioning of blood vessels and at the same time cleans pores and mattifies the skin. Rose hydrosol will remove the signs of fatigue, eliminate dark circles around the eyes.