Craving a replenished, supple complexion? Then this ritual is your skincare fairy godmother! Whether you have a decadent date in mind or are spending Valentine’s Day with the most important person in your life (you!), this self-love and rose-infused facial will fulfill all your skin wishes. Use it to treat your complexion to luxury and leave your soul feeling nourished. Get ready to turn your attention inward and indulge in time dedicated to soul love, self-care and replenishment…
Here’s your self-love infused facial at home, inspired by rose, the symbol of love, and Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation…
1. Set the Scene
Assemble everything you need first to set the scene. This will help your pamper session flow seamlessly and keep you floating through your ritual in bliss. To create the perfect ambiance, allow spa-inspired music to play softly in the background, light some soy candles and diffuse a soul-hugging essential oil blend. Free your face from your hair with a ribbon, towel or headband. Spend a few moments with your eyes closed, slowly and deeply breathing in the essential oils to transport your senses into a dimension of love and peace.
2. Ritualistic Skin and Soul Cleanse
Remove makeup and wash away the effects of the day with a slow, mindful cleanse. For this step, we suggest Replenish Cleansing Milk for its abundance of self-love promoting rose essential oil (or use the cleanser best suited to your skin type). To begin, gently press your face with a warm, damp cloth. Using clean hands, slowly massage a small amount of cleanser over your face and neck using gentle, upward circular motions to enhance circulation. Take your time to remove your cleanser using a damp cleansing sponge or cloth. As you wash your cleanser away, visualise removing not only the cleanser and skin impurities, but also washing away any traces of self-limiting beliefs.
3. Fragrant Facial Compress
Elevate your cleansing ritual with a fragrant facial compress. An effective compress is said to improve circulation, soften your pores, aid deep cleansing and impart a luscious glow to your complexion. Fill a small bowl, or your bathroom basin, with 200ml of warm water and 3 drops of rose essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil. Agitate the water to disperse, then dip a small clean cloth or towel into the water. Remove from water and lightly squeeze to remove excess water. Place gently on your face. Once it has cooled off, redip and reapply up to 2 more times. This little ritual will infuse your mind with harmonising, comforting, gentle vibes and your skin with extra love!
4. Remove impurities
Sometimes you need more than a deep cleanse to counteract the pollution your skin endures throughout the day. This is where exfoliation works its magic. By drawing out impurities hidden beneath the top layer of your skin, it takes your cleansing routine to a whole new level. Bare Faced Exfoliant stars white clay and rice flour to lift off layers of dull, dead skin cells, absorb impurities and help unblock your pores to reveal the fresh, clean skin beneath.
To use, combine one teaspoon of Bare Faced Exfoliant with one to two teaspoons of Rose Water until a smooth paste is formed. Massage over your clean, damp face, neck and décolletage using gentle circular movements. Rinse to remove. (Side note: You can also use this as an absorbent mask by leaving it to dry for approximately 15 minutes before removing and rinsing well).
5. Soothe and Refine
6. Experience Multivitamin Magic
After clearing out impurities, infuse your skin with total replenishment with a serum. Serums possess tiny molecules that move deep into your skin to convey potent healing properties directly to the deepest layers of your skin for maximum effect. They’re an intensive skin treatment; a supercharged multivitamin for your complexion! Replenish Serum is perfect for a Valentine’s Day themed ritual. It blankets your skin in a world of healing actives, extracts and phytonutrients for skin that is supple and recharged from the deepest level. Its suruplus of replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants work to soften and regenerate. It helps neutralise free radical damage, promote the formation of news skin cells and enhance suppleness. Gently massage a small amount into your face using upward movements, then press gently into your skin to aid absorption.
Moisturising is the icing of your skin loving nourishment cake. It helps prevent dehydration and dryness and creates a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss. Perfect Potion moisturisers are infused with pure, aromatic essential oils. So while your skin drinks in all their therapeutic properties, your spirits are also replenished and uplifted by the subtle qualities of aromatherapy. Given it’s a Valentine’s Day-inspired ritual, we suggest Frankincense and Rose Moisture Cream. Massage gently into your face, neck and décolletage using upward movements, then press into your skin to aid absorption and leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and enriched.
8. Come full circle
Time to complete your ritual. Add 1 drop of the essential oil or essential oil blend used in your diffuser at the start of your ritual to your palms. Rub your palms together and hold your hands 5-10cm in front of your face. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for 3 slow breaths. Your ritual is now complete. Drift off and enjoy the rest of your evening remembering to hold only the most loving thoughts about your beautiful self!