Put Yourself First This Valentine’s Day
Pamper Yourself With Self-Love & Self-Care All Year Long
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air. Take some time to pamper yourself because ‘tis the time for love which also means quality time avec vous. The most important person to remember during this time (well, all the time really) is yourself. Self-love and self-care has become one of the top social trends, with data showing that it is only becoming more relevant and important.
The virality of the terms self-love or self-care has broadened the scope of what counts as either or – for example, something as simple as applying lotion can be considered actions of self-care. To some, this means applying a facemask or a mini lip-plump and to others it can mean just simply more sleep – the range is wide spread, but nonetheless there is enough self-love to go around, whatever the method.
It’s easy to often overlook or neglect our own self-care. As women, it’s in our nature to put others before ourselves. Dr. Diana Brecher, clinical psychologist, claims that while the act is admirable, it can be self-sabotaging. She compares this to the instructions airlines provide for their passengers before takeoff. The instructions to passengers are that in emergencies, the caregiving passenger should put on their oxygen mask first before helping others. You may be able to help everyone else, but you may not have enough time to help yourself. How can you support others if you are incapable?
Acknowledging our basic human needs and then actually putting in the effort to contribute your needs can assist you in your new self-care and self-love regime. Whether that is more rest, exercise, healthy eating, a new purpose, or a sense of belonging – you just have to be willing to do something about it.
Here are some of our favourite products to pamper yourself with for that extra indulgence.
AlumierMD Glow Peels
Get the glow. AlumierMD Glow Peels are “the next generation of clinical exfoliation”. Treatments can minimize the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. While the formula exfoliates dead skin cells, it also stimulates cell renewal. Learn more by clicking here.
Laline Thermal Masks.
Get hot with a mask treatment. Laline Thermal Masks are deep cleansing masks that heat upon contact with your skin. The mask unclogs the pores, thoroughly cleans the skin, and is enriched with Vitamins A and E along with soothing Chamomile extract. For $38 CAD, you can have a spa experience in your own home.
NIVEA Oil Infused Lotions
Nivea’s new Oil Infused Lotions are fast absorbing for radiant smooth skin. With over 24 hours of deep moisture combined with your pick of three fragrances (Cherry Blossom & Jojoba Oil, Orchid & Argan Oil, or Vanilla & Almond Oil), indulge your skin and your senses. This product is around $7 CAD.
North Medical Spa Cosmetic Treatment
Head on over to North Medical Spa, located in Corktown, Toronto, for the ultimate indulgence. Whether it be a mini lip-plump, micro-needling, or teeth whitening – they’ve got you covered. Click here to learn more.
MONAT’s Hair Transformation Masque
Monat’s Hair Transformation Masques are ultra rich reparative hair masques that fixes breakage, strengthens, softens, and transforms the look of damaged and brittle hair within minutes. This hair transformation costs $88 CAD.
Caryl Baker’s VISAGE Xtreme Lashes
Caryl Baker’s Visage has teamed up with Xtreme Lashes for the ultimate eyelash extensions. Xtreme Lashes are developed to mimic your natural lashes featuring a tapered tip with a thicker base to resemble the look and feel of a natural lash. The application takes around 2 hours and, with over 600 styles of extensions, your custom lash-look starts at $160 CAD.
Volition Turmeric Brightening Polish
This is an indulgent polishing scrub powered by turmeric to brighten the skin and reveal a natural glow. Turmeric has been used a skin-enhancing treatment by generations of Indian women to help brighten skin and minimize signs of aging. This product is available at Sephora for $48 CAD.
Scentuals Luxury Essential Oils
These beautifully scented oils are unique blends and come in a variety of scents and pure essential oils from clary sage to tangerine citrus. Click here to learn more about these $11 CAD natural and organic skin care solutions.
Bite Beauty Custom Lipstick
Create your own signature lipstick with Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab Custom Lipsticks. You have the opportunity to select the shade, texture, finish, and flavour. Prices for your own personalized lippie start at $55 CAD.
Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Soufflé Body Crème
This is a lightly whipped crème that luxuriously nourishes the skin with a unique essence of fresh fig and sweet apricot nectar. For an essential moisture balance and protection, purchase this product at $87 CAD.
Looking for more inspiration on self care and self love? Check out our story on learning how to Love Yourself and Find Peace Within.