It’s all about hearts, roses and chocolates in February. This date in the calendar is marked to celebrate your relationships with your loved ones, but who says you can’t show some love to yourself, and your skin, Valentine’s Day?
After a whole year in lockdown, self-love has become a priority, and rightfully so. If skincare is self-care for you, then go ahead and invest in a solid Valentine’s Day skin routine. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a little indulgent towards yourself, whether or not you have a plan on Valentine’s Day. Your wish for a flawless, blemish-free and acne-free skin is a matter-of-fact; you just have to take time to care for yourself and give your skin some TLC—and what better time than now?
Introduce Everyday Routines
You don’t need to primp yourself for hours in front of a mirror, all you need is a solid skincare routine to get closer to a healthy, glowing skin this Valentine’s Day. For this you should have a daytime skincare routine that includes a cleanser-toner-moisturiser regime. Sunscreen is also a big part of this because sun damage is responsible for dry skin, wrinkles, and fine lines—not to forget skin cancer. If you have oily skin, get this non-greasy sun protection gel with natural ingredients by Just Herbs that doesn’t leave a white cast and lets your skin breathe.
Your everyday essentials kit should also contain bath products and you can make a daily exercise indulgent, too! Get sulphate-free bathing bars, like this organic kit that has a coffee-flavoured, a coconut-flavoured, and a wild Indian rose-flavoured soap that nurtures your skin.
For a quick pick-me-up, add to cart the Kumuda - Sacred Lotus Rejuvenating Body Wash that not only uplifts your mood, but also increases blood flow and soothes your body. Finish off your bathing routine with a body butter, or a body oil (recommended: the chemical-free Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: Unprocessed & Certified Organic nourishes your skin).
Don’t forget your lips. A lip balm is indispensable if you want smooth and moisturised lips, and this Liquorice Shea Lip Butter Balm hydrates them without giving you a taste of parabens or mineral oils.
Just as a day-care routine is important for your skin, so is a night-time routine, which gives your skin a chance to rejuvenate and repair the damage pollution, makeup, or other elements may have done to your face. Just Herbs offers different products for skin problems such as blemishes and wrinkles, and it also has combos with products that will boost the glow of your skin. Check out the full range of night skincare products here.
Make Time For Weekly Pampering
Steal some time for yourself every week for a skin pampering session. Select a relaxing playlist and start your Sunday skincare with a mud mask. Apply Sanface Skin Tightening Sandal Glow Pack on your face and neck for 15-20 minutes to tighten skin—use it twice a week for best results. For a full body pamper sesh, get this body polishing trio that comes with a rich, apricot scrub, a skin brightening ubtan pack, and non-sticky, moisturising body oil.
If you have oily skin, then you should keep a mild exfoliant handy to remove dead skin cells without stripping off natural oil of the skin. This honey face cleansing gel has arjuna, symplocos bark and jojoba that can really work wonders on your skin if used twice a week.
In this weekly (or bi-weekly) exercise, don’t forget another part of your body that takes a beating due to pollution and products: your hair. Use a nourishing scalp and hair mask that promotes hair growth and reduces hair fall. The Shirolepam Hair & Scalp Treatment Mask uses the goodness of Ayurvedic ingredients like amla, bhringraj and shankhpushpi to repair the damage and give your mane a shine.
Strive For A Healthier Lifestyle
It’s not just products that can give you flawless skin this Valentine’s Day. You need to look at your overall lifestyle: are you eating enough greens and fruits? Are you drinking enough water? Are you controlling your stress and exercising? Are you sleeping well? Don’t underestimate what a balanced lifestyle can do for you and your skin—when you’re happy and satisfied, it shows on your skin. Likewise, stress, unhealthy food and lifestyle habits also reflect in forms of acne, dry skin, and other problems.
Bonus tip: Chalk in no makeup days to give your skin a breather from products—it is good for your skin, experts say. Massage your face with a moisturiser that suits your skin type and go naked on the face and refresh your skin.
Reevaluate Your Skincare Products
If you’re looking for the best products on Valentine’s Day to improve the health of your skin, take the chance to evaluate if you need everything that you have bought because someone recommended it. Sometimes, less is more, and that’s especially true for skincare products. Do you really need different serums, toners, and lotions? Just remember that for every product an influencer makes a case for you to buy, is one more product that’s exposing your skin to chemicals.
And that brings you to the next consideration: are your products filled with chemicals? This may be a good time to learn about the ingredients used in different beauty products, like sulphates, parabens, and lead, which are harmful to humans and the environment. Just Herbs uses Ayurvedic ingredients and offers natural, chemical-free skincare products. This Valentine’s Day, show yourself how much you care by switching to natural products and reducing the clutter on your dresser.
Treat Skincare Concerns
It is important to pay attention to your skin type when you’re buying products. Gel- and water-based products complement oily skin, while dry skin type needs more moisture. As much as you can, try to go natural with your skincare products and don’t avoid your skin concerns.
They may seem harmless but conditions like blemishes, dark circles, tan, and acne can cause distress. So along with a healthy lifestyle that has long-term benefits, you can also opt for treatments that target your specific concerns.
If you are dealing with blemishes and dark spots, try this blemish control kit that contains a skin purifying neem pack, an anti-blemish gel, and an anti-blemish night cream—all rich in nutrients to get rid of dark patches and sun spots.
Acne is also a common problem that can have multiple causes: stress, oily food, greasy products or makeup that clogs your pores. Keep your skin clean and hydrated with this Ayurvedic Pimple Treatment Kit. It comes with a neem, chandan, and honey face wash that removes dust and grime from the face while retaining its natural moisture; a soothing neem pack that anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to prevent pimples and skin eruptions; and a herb-infused pimple treatment gel that reduces redness and heals the skin.
If you’re wishing for happy skin this Valentine’s Day, then choose the best skincare products that suit your skin type, treat your specific concern, and help you feel refreshed every day. There is no magic product that can promise you instant results, but these simple things can bring back your natural radiance that the sun, everyday stress, and chemically-derived products have stolen. Use this Valentine’s Day skin routine to get the supple, smooth skin you always wanted—a present for yourself on this day of love.