Valentine’s Day is approaching! Whether you love it, hate it, or are indifferent about it, we think it’s a great opportunity to celebrate love in all its forms. While this is typically a day for grand gestures and lavish gifts, we definitely don’t mind if you had other plans. On this day of love, we sometimes forget to love ourselves! We highly recommend indulging in self-care on V-Day. If you’re not going out, there’s nothing better than being your own valentine and staying home with a glass of wine in a warm bath. If you’re by yourself, with a loved one, or with friends, be sure to find time to treat yourself this Valentine’s!
Setting the Mood
Let’s start the night off right. Set the mood with a decadent, long-lasting candle. For those who love floral woodsy scents, we recommend the Valley of Flowers Scented Candle by Oribe. This scent combines Bulgarian rose and jasmine with notes of warm amber.
If your vibe is more of a holiday in an outdoorsy cabin retreat, try out Desertland. It transports you into the woods, with notes of juniper berry, cedarwood, and pine. The best part? You won’t have to leave the comfort of your bathroom.
Soak Off Stress
A bath is the quintessential V-Day self-care activity. While you run the water, here are our top picks that will have you soaking in relaxation.
If you love a warm, nourishing bath, have you tried upgrading it with salts? Salts unwind tense muscles and deeply detoxify the skin, which is our largest organ. Susanne Kaufmann’s Alkali Salts are incredible because they also promote a healthy pH. Just add a few spoonfuls to your bath and let the magic begin.
For some essential oil rejuvenation, we also love the Mountain Pine Bath. It’s infused with natural pine extract, which will refresh your senses and soften skin.. Grab a glass of wine and a book, or put on your favorite podcast. As you enjoy this warm bath, watch as the rest of the world melts away.
If you’re looking for an invigorating bath or shower experience, check out Molton Brown's Fiery Pink Bath and Shower Gel. It couples a rich lather with a recharging fragrance that will calm you – filling your bathroom with pink pepper, patchouli, and ginger.
After soaking for a while, dead skill cells and rough patches soften. This is the perfect time for a deep exfoliation. Transform dry, rough skin in an instant with one of our favorites – The Nudist Body Scrub by Mutha. Infused with natural oils and brown sugar along with probiotics, this scrub is full of safe and potent ingredients. You’ll leave the bathroom with plump, warm vanilla-scented skin.
Skincare is Selfcare
Self-care routines are synonymous with face masks. There’s just something about them that feels so luxurious and pampering. Try out this celeb-favorite, 111Skin’s Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask. This infuses your skin with 24K gold and rose, giving you a bright glow that will have you looking and feeling radiant.
To keep our skin soft and smooth for hours, It's important to seal in hydration. To lock in all of the moisture, we suggest completing your shower or bath by indulging in a rich and luxurious cream.
La Mer offers their classic Crème de la Mer, a rich cream that has been a consistent best-seller. This cream is essential to battle winter dryness. It deeply heals the skin and blurs fine lines and wrinkles in minutes. This cream is a tried and tested favorite of ours, winning Best Splurge in our Cos Bar Beauty Awards!
Top it Off With a Spritz
You know that age-old saying – when you smell good, you feel good. Fine, we may have just made that up, but it’s definitely true! Finish off your routine with a spritz of our current V-Day favorite, Delina La Rosée by Parfums De Marly. This soft yet juicy scent is sure to get you feeling refined and refreshed. It contains a signature Turkish rose and peony. This fragrance is said to be a mood booster, perfect for a pick-me-up. This holiday, we want flowers that will last longer than a week, and this perfume does just that.
If you’re looking for something more bright and fresh, we are obsessed with this new fragrance by Maison Francis Kurkdjian, 724. It’s a timeless, sophisticated scent with notes of white musk and sandalwood. It's a lovely cross between lively citrus and warm nutmeg and cedarwood. A perfect choice for those who want to feel more uplifted and energized.
Make Valentine’s Day the perfect day for you. If you want to stay home, spend V-Day caring for your mind and body. Comfort is key, and this guide will help you feel great in your skin. Don’t be afraid to spend some alone to recharge your battery. Have a self-love-filled Valentine’s Day!