Hydrolates, Hydrosols and Floral Waters: Must-Have in Your Beauty Routine
What Is a Hydrolate?
Hydrolates, which some refer to as floral waters or hydrosols, are close relatives of essential oils. They're both made through the process of steam-distilling plants, but what makes them different is that hydrolates are much less concentrated—which isn't a bad thing. This usually means that it's even gentler for your skin, so you can use them in their purest form without having to worry about proper dilution, like you do with essential oils. “Using hydrolates is like taking aromatherapy to the next level,” says Natalia Natarov, licensed aesthetician and founder of Laser Skin Esthetics spa in Brooklyn. “They are safer than essential oils, easier to use, and skin-friendly thanks to their perfect pH balance.”
During the distillation process, plants release vapor droplets, which condense all of the plant's beauty benefits into microscopic particles, AKA, hydrolates. Despite their simplicity and the fact that hydrolates contain only one main ingredient, they're fascinating multi-taskers. Think toner, lotion, and mist in one bottle!
Bonus: You can also use them for your face, body, and hair.
Keep scrolling to learn more about how to apply hydrolates.
How to Apply Hydrolates
- Toner: Pour a few drops on a cotton pad and swipe across your face after cleansing. If you to be more hands-on, leave the cotton pad in the drawer, and pour a few drops into your palms and gently pat the product onto your face. Follow with your favorite serum and moisturizer.
- Undereye Treatment: When pampering your face, don't forget about your undereye area. Some hydrolates work wonders to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles, undereye bags, and dull skin.
- Mist: When your skin needs an extra boost of hydration, convert your hydrolate into a mist for a burst of moisture. Whether you're inside or outdoors, wearing makeup or opting in for a barefaced look, spray it generously all over your face. A good hydrolate will come to the rescue by hydrating and refreshing your skin during hot weather months or when the air inside gets too dry.
Spray hydrolates all over to soften and hydrate your strands. Some hydrolates can even be used as a natural conditioner right after shampooing, making your hair smoother and overall more healthy. In addition to these benefits, hydrolates typically have pleasant natural scents that double as a hair perfume.
Indulge in an all-over body mist or apply your favorite hydrolate as a body lotion after the shower—your choice! Hydrolates will help hydrate your skin and make it look smoother and pleasant to the touch. Natalia Natarov says her clients swear by hydrolates after laser hair removal procedures. “Hydrolates come in so handy as they are the best remedy to soothe skin after laser hair removal or even shaving.”
Hydrolates We Love
Now that you know what hydrolates are and how to use them, it's time to find the perfect match for you. Below, check out some Rumore favorites.
This hydrolate is a must-have for oily, combination and sensitive skin types that will help quench thirsty skin thanks to the soothing blend of sage and hyaluronic acid. Known for its moisture retaining benefits, hyaluronic acid makes skin appear smoother while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
“The blend of chamomile hydrolate with inulin is one of my most favorite products to help calm and soothe skin irritation and inflammation,” says Natalia Natarov. “If you’re suffering from a sunburn, apply it to the affected areas to kickstart the healing process. Consider packing a bottle in your suitcase before you go to a sunny destination.”
Helichrysum hydrolate with glycine soothes skin and reduces the appearance of puffiness, redness, and irritation, making skin soft, velvety, and rested with a healthy-looking glow. “Rich in vitamins C, K and A, amino acids, flavonoids, glycosides, resins and essential oils, helichrysum is a must-have ingredient to soothe skin, especially after shaving or a laser hair removal treatment,” adds the aesthetician.