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8 Self-Care Beauty Staples to Treat Yourself to this Valentine’s Day

As we round the corner on our third February in the pandemic, we’re increasingly conscious of the importance of prioritizing self-care in challenging times. Under ordinary circumstances, that hopefully means eating well, exercising regularly, and developing a daily ritual around mindfulness. But when it’s -30 outside and dark by 5:00 p.m., sometimes it’s just easier to show yourself affection with good old-fashioned pampering.

When better to prioritize self-care and shower yourself with a little lavish attention than February 14th, the day of love? As Canadians living through the coldest month of the year amidst a pandemic, we’re all deserving of a pick-me-up splurge gift for Valentine’s Day.

These products are the ultimate self-indulgence – but we would argue that they’re worth the investment since they’ll add an element of pure luxury to your self-care ritual both for now and months to come.

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The DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro by Dr. Dennis Gross

The DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro by Dr. Dennis Gross

One of the pricier items on our list, this LED light therapy mask by dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross includes a red light mode with anti-ageing benefits (like increased collagen production and improved skin density) as well as a blue light mode with acne-fighting benefits such as diminishing pigmentation and calming inflammation.

Why we chose it: With both Salma Hayek and Halle Berry singing its praises, how can you go wrong? For three minutes a day, this mask will help you form a habit around setting aside your phone, closing your eyes, simply relaxing while the lights work their magic on you.

Iconic Trio Candle Set (Fig Tree, Roses, and Berries) by Diptyque Paris

Iconic Trio Candle Set (Fig Tree, Roses, and Berries) by Diptyque Paris

Before there was Byredo and Le Labo, there was Maison Diptyque. These iconic scented candles have been around since the 1960s. Founded by three friends in Paris, the brand has developed a massive following that counts Lebron James along with its devotees!

Why we chose it: Between the soft flickering of the light and the soothing scents they diffuse into the air, candles are a great stimulant for mental wellbeing. Investing in a set is the perfect non-committal approach to test driving the various scents before you settle on a favourite. 

Mason Pearson Hair Brush

Mason Pearson Hair Brush

We feel the same way about the Mason Pearson brush as we do about a great quality mattress: if you’re going to comb your hair everyday, you probably should invest in a premium brush.  This iconic British brand has been around since the 1880s and uses a buoyant rubber base engineered to detangle hair without causing breakage and boar bristles which distribute hairs’ natural oils from root to tip (resulting in less frequent washing). And if that wasn’t reason enough, Blake Lively swears by the brand.

Why we chose it:  Every time you comb your hair, the bristles in this brush stimulate the scalp with a massage-like sensation.  That’s because every single bristle in a Mason Pearson brush is hand sorted by someone in their London factory! The artistry of this product is undeniably and this is a product that you will have for the rest of your life.

DO NOT DISTURB Extra Strength Body Cream by The Feelist

DO NOT DISTURB Extra Strength Body Cream by The Feelist

Before founding The Feelist, fashion influencer Shea Marie was a frequent collaborator with Dior Beauty and Nars. She saw an opportunity in the market to create a line of clean beauty products that incorporated CBD. There’s been a lot of recent interest in CBD research and its potential health benefits on the skin, especially as it pertains to inflammatory conditions like eczema that are known to flare up in the winter.

Why we chose it: The DO NOT DISTURB Extra Strength Body Cream from The Feelist is the perfect end-of-day addition to your self-care ritual.  The moisturizing cream is infused with an extra strength dose of 500mg Broad Spectrum CBD for a restorative routine that will relax your senses and put your body at ease.

Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap

There are tens of thousands of videos on YouTube about the Dyson Airwrap, but there are also tens of thousands of others comparing whether Airwrap copycats stack up to Dyson’s superstar product. Even Ouai founder (and KKW hairstylist) Jen Atkin has a tutorial on the product. The consensus is unanimous: The Dyson Airwrap is worth the splurge.

Why we chose it: As Phoebe Waller-Bridge so eloquently put in Fleabag, “Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t so that we could actually think about something else occasionally. But it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day.” If you’re going to go to the trouble of styling your hair and subject it to heat damage, it’s wise to invest in a product that allows you to perfect that soft curl blowout look at a lower temperature so that you can minimize the damage.

The Love Ritual Set from Tata Harper

The Love Ritual Set from Tata Harper

As we learned from Tata herself in our recent podcast episode, a company is only as good as its products and a product is only as good as its ingredients. In the winter months, that means seeking products that can replenish your skin with moisturizing hydration from avocado peptides, jojoba seed oil, and hyaluronic acid found in this moisturizer and face oil kit. Add to that the inclusion of red maple bark extract and neroli oil means that you still get the benefits of anti-ageing ingredients without drying out your skin.

Why we chose it: Tata Harper ends her own skincare regime with this product combo. It’s the perfect addition to a nightly winter ritual that will leave your skin enveloped in layers of luxurious moisturization.

The Reverence Duet from Aesop

The Reverence Duet from Aesop

The cold winter months also wreak havoc on our hands. Add to that the constant sanitizing and handwashing that strips our skin of its natural oils, it’s no wonder that our hands end up so dry and chapped. This Canadian company has raised the bar on hand self-care with a collection of aromatic products that hydrate and nourish the skin and your senses.

Why we chose it: This kit includes a hand wash and a hand balm with skin softening properties that will leave your skin clean without that dry, tight feeling. And if you’re feeling particularly lavish, we’re huge fans of the geranium leaf rinse-free hand wash. It’s gentle on the skin and it smells delicious. It fits perfectly in your parka pocket in the winter months.

The Better Together Forever bundle from Radford

The Better Together Forever bundle from Radford

The Better Together Forever bundle from Canadian beauty brand, Radford gives new meaning to glowing skin.  This Valentine’s bundle includes their best selling 24k gold hydrogel mask which is infused with gold. Place the mask in the fridge a few minutes before you plan to use it for a next-level soothing experience.  The kit also comes paired with a scented candle from Canadian maker LOHN, so there’s something for all your senses.

Why we chose it: Nothing says pure luxury like slathering your face in gold!