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Listen, Valentine’s Day can be polarizing, depending on who you ask.
I like to think of Valentine’s Day as a day to love yourself a little extra, and what better way to do that than with luxurious skincare products?
Whether you’re headed out with someone special, plan to meet up with friends, or treat yourself to a cozy night in, here are four products you’ll want to use head to toe to get your skin glowing for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
It’s all about luster and shine.
Winter is particularly harsh for the skin as temperature changes and humidity leave the skin feeling dry, dehydrated, and irritated.
In addition to soothing body butter, body oil has become a significant part of my nighttime routine. After showering, I like to apply a hydrating moisturizer to the body and seal that moisture with nourishing body oil.
Body oil isn’t just for winter months, either.
During warmer months, I’ll use body oil instead of a moisturizer after bathing to keep my skin glowing and soft.
Start your Valentine’s Day pampering session with a body oil that gives skin an intensely hydrating experience.
There’s so much to love about Klur’s Elements of Comfort Body Oil ($70). The scent alone is enchanting, rounding out heavenly layers of Bulgarian Rose, Neroli Orange Blossom, and French Lavender (chef’s kiss!).
Nourishing organic hempseed, grapeseed, and avocado oils deeply hydrate and restore the skin’s natural glow. After applying, the body oil is absorbed nicely into the skin, leaving it hydrated without that slick or sticky feel. The scent is luxurious and makes my nighttime routine feel much more special.
Elements of Comfort Body Oil is also multi-use, meaning you can apply it to damp skin for its hydrating properties and a hair and body fragrance. To use it as a body fragrance, add 1-2 drops to the decollate, behind the ears and wrist.
Gift yourself a luminous complexion.
There’s nothing more pampering than putting on a luxurious face mask at the end of the day. Mud, crème, gel – I love them all because they all serve different purposes.
This Valentine’s Day, get your skin ready for a night out (or in) with Blue Lagoon’s Algae Mask ($45).
A perfect step after cleansing, this mask goes on like a silky crème and gives skin an instant boost of hydration. As it dries down, it turns more matte but never feels dry. Plus, it comes off easily using the newest must-have, a facial flannel cloth.
I love the Luxury Flannel Facial Washcloth ($7) from The Body Shop!
Made with ingredients native to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, blue-green microalgae is a potent frontrunner of this face mask. The microalgae contain potent bioactive properties, all of which go to work preserving, protecting, and stimulating skin cells for that ultimate infusion of antioxidants.
Blue Lagoon silica is also a significant component of the face mask. This ingredient promotes a profoundly purifying and cleansing effect and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier.
Apply the mask to clean the skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. After each application, my skin looks more even and feels ridiculously clean without feeling stripped of moisture.
This moisturizer is a dream.
Almost everything that comes out of Japan is top-notch, skincare notwithstanding.
Anyone who can get their hands on Damdam Tokyo’s Mochi Mochi Luminous Cream will agree that this moisturizer is exceptional. Use day or night, on bare skin or under makeup, and you’ll see how this cream hydrates and plumps skin.
Reminiscent of the sweet Japanese dessert, Mochi Mochi Luminous Cream goes on quickly, and a little goes a long way.
While it feels like a standard hydrating cream, I was surprised to see how quickly it absorbed into the skin and left my face with a gorgeous matte satin finish. The finish and hydration give makeup an excellent base for application – when using BB or CC creams, I’ll use the Mochi Mochi Luminous Cream as a primer.
Along with the beautiful glass jar, a spatula is provided to help serve up small amounts of the cream, and it’s recommended to apply to the face and neck, then massage using an upward circular motion.
Don’t forget your lips!
Nothing ruins your Valentine’s Day plans faster than chapped lips.
If you’re looking for a lip balm with a twist, Alder New York 4X Lip Balms ($38.99) is the perfect option. There's something for every occasion with scents like Vanilla Kush (my fave), Eucalyptus Mint, Citron, and Unscented in the set.
Formulated with clean and vegan ingredients such as candelilla wax, cocoa butter, and vitamin E, these lip balms give lips a quick dose of hydration that absorbs a matte finish.
I love having a lip balm in my purse, bedside table, and skincare drawer – year-round, lips always need extra love.
This rounds out the 4 essential products you need for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Treat yourself to a pampering and relaxing evening – special plans or not – because, let’s be honest, you deserve it!