Mention the words “anti-aging” within earshot of a dermatologist, and a retinoid prescription will suddenly appear, as if by magic. I’m exaggerating, but only a little: The lab-isolated vitamin A metabolite is the most-prescribed medication in the industry, and has long been lauded for reversing and preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Lately, consumers have started second-guessing the retinoid script (it usually involves some pretty intense side effects) and seeking out gentle, natural alternatives. Bakuchiol is the big one, but experts say rose’s skincare benefits include some serious youth-preserving power, too.
This isn't your typical anti-aging ingredient, though. Whereas retinol and bakuchiol work to repair and reverse the signs of aging (or, you know, signs of a long life well-lived), rose essentially keeps them from showing up in the first place. “Roses are filled with antioxidants that help fight free radicals caused by pollution and UV light,” Dr. Lily Talakboub, M.D., F.A.A.D, a board-certified dermatologist with McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center, tells The Zoe Report. Many of the things perceived as symptoms of getting older — loss of collagen, dull skin, hyperpigmentation — can also be symptoms of long-term environmental stress; so antioxidant-packed rose "helps prevent the signs of aging" by neutralizing the effects of pollution particles and UV exposure, according to the dermatologist. (Read more.)