Rose water has been used for thousands of years, including in the Middle Ages and is believed to have originated in Iran. The antioxidants in rose water protect skin against damage. Rose water also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can be used to soothe irritation caused by eczema and rosacea, as well as other skin conditions. Rosewater is good for all skin types, including dry, oily and combination skin due to it's hydrating and astringent properties. It can also be used as a primer before the application of makeup and as a makeup refresher.