Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, which means you’ll possibly be planning something over the weekend. Set aside a one or two hour window of pampering one evening from about 8pm onwards which will leave you feeling happy, rested and revitalised and ready for that all-important eight hours of beauty sleep.
Switch off your phone, light some candles or an essential oil burner and put on some soft balearic beats to help get yourself in the mood for some downtime. Olivier de San Nicolas who is the resident DJ at the Hotel Costes in Paris has put together a playlist which is guaranteed to put you in the mood for some serious self-care.
Now you’ve set your mood, get ready for relaxing and beautifying.
Make a cup of calming tea, you could make an inflammation-fighting turmeric tea if you like; add a tablespoon of grated turmeric, some raw honey and half a juiced lemon to a teapot and steep for ten minutes before straining and sipping. Or, you could have a metabolism-revving hot water with sliced fresh lemon, or perhaps a champagne glass filled with either your favourite brand of fizz or some probiotic-packed flavoured kombucha.
Have a plate of fresh fruit or some dried superfood berries to snack on to hand.
Apply a hair masque, or you could massage in Lumity’s Skin Nutrients to your hair, then do a head massage to relax yourself and really work the nutrients into your follicles and the tips of your roots. This stimulates hair growth, as well as easing away anxiety.
After five minutes, wrap your hair in a towel keeping the masque on, usually half an hour or so is about right so it deeply conditions your mane.
Next, steam your face, you can use a large bowl, or your bathroom sink, and cover your head and shoulders with a silk pashmina, or a towel. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the water; jasmine works well on dry or mature skin, tea tree and rosemary are great for acne, and geranium and lavender are good for sensitive skin.
Once you’re done and your pores are open, it’s time to apply a deep-cleansing face-mask, or whatever your favourite is at the moment.
After that you could do a relaxing facial massage using Lumity Facial Oil, Nichola Joss shows how to do her own technique – if you would like to smooth your face like a pro.
While your hair and face are being treated, you could shave your legs. For an extra luxurious touch that leaves your skin smooth for several days, try shaving with coconut oil, the smell will whisk you away to a tropical beach in seconds.
Don’t forget your feet and hands: You can give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Cayli Cavaco Reck, who owns Knockout Beauty, which was hailed by Vogue Paris as “New York’s feel-good wellbeing centre” told us that Smith & Cult is a varnish brand that is non-toxic. That’s so important, and something which is widely overlooked, as of course what goes on your body goes in your body.
Once you’re done, dry brush all over before you climb into the shower or bath and use a facial exfoliator, then exfoliate your body all over. Half a cup of olive oil (or coconut oil), a few drops of essential oil, plus half a cup of fine organic sugar will work fantastically as a DIY scrub. Wash and condition your hair (if you’re not leaving your masque in overnight).
As a next step, run a lovely deep bath. You could add flower petals and magnesium-rich epsom salts to the water for that spa experience, or use a bath bomb that has lots of lovely essential oils, or use your favourite bubbles. Lie back and listen to the music and feel your stresses melt away. At this stage you could give yourself a shoulder and foot rub using coconut oil.
If you don’t have a bath, have a long shower, and see it as a meditation cubicle where you empty your mind of all the annoyances of the day.
Once you’ve finished in the bath, apply your favourite body oil to damp skin, sealing in the moisture. Then climb into clean pyjamas, grab a good book and curl up in bed on fresh sheets. Jo Malone does a divine citrus-scented linen spray.
An early night is the next obvious step, so once you’ve had your three white bedtime Lumity capsules, it’s time to drift off to sleep and awake feeling full of joy and looking gorgeous the next day.
When you wake up, or before your big date, try Nadia Narain’s 5 minute yoga routine for instant energy and you’re all set.
Has that got you in the mood for all things beauty? Here’s Cayli’s full guide to getting ready for spring, complete with all her favourite products at the moment and her top get-gorgeous tips. Or you could check out the top eight diet essentials for youthful skin. And are YOU getting your five potions of joy per day?