8 Treat-yourself beauty buys for a single Valentine’s

Reader's Digest Editors

Just because you're single on Valentine's Day doesn't mean you should miss out on your share of pampering. Here are our favourite beauty buys for an indulgent Valentine's for one…

If you're… in need of some TLC

Lush Fresh Facial, £45 for 30 minutes

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Perfect for a lunch hour pick-me-up, Lush’s new 30-minute facials offer a mini oasis of calm that will set you up to finish your day strong.

One of Lush’s therapists will spend time discussing your unique skin needs before selecting a number of products to use on your face and explaining the ingredients and their benefits. It’s surprising just how relaxing this stage of the facial is—having someone dedicate time and attention to your skin needs, and calmingly discuss the products they intend to use is incredibly therapeutic.

From there, your only job is to sit back and relax through several stages of calming face mask and moisturisers, each finished with gentle hot towels for maximum relaxation. The facial ends with some energizing neck stretches, which will loosen tension—especially from desk-bound shoulders—and have you ready to take on the world.

 

If you're… treating yourself

Inanch London Spa Mist Hair and Scalp Treatment

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When your hair is healthy and freshly styled you feel fabulous, and a pamper session that ends with restored and more manageable locks is a no-brainer.

Inanch London offers a treatment so luxurious you’ll wonder how you’ve gone so long without ever hearing about their magical “mist.”

After using a Philip Kingsley’s award-winning Elasticizer treatment to deep condition your hair, the fun really starts. You’ll be taken to the misting room and adorn a large cap, where heat will open your hair’s cuticles to absorb the product before a cooling product locks it in. All the while sinking into an ambient dark room complete with a massage chair and soothing tunes.

We can’t think of a better way to say, “I love myself.”

 

If you… need some "me-time"

Beautitude Comfort Candle, £34

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Promising to be a “five-star spa in a glass”, this aromatherapy candle from Beautitude certainly has transportive properties. Close your eyes and its citrus scent might just lull you to the sunnier climbs of Italy or the breezy coast of Spain.

Made from eco soy wax with a lead-free wick and composed of essential oils, the focus is truly on quality here.

With up to 60 hours burn time, pick your favourite activity—maybe you love to read, maybe you’re treating yourself to a home manicure, maybe you just want to binge on reality TV—and let the indulgent scents carry you to your happy place.

 

If you’re… feeling stressed

Tisserand lavender range, starting at £5.95

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Lavender and chamomile are well-known for their calming properties, so go straight to the source and enjoy them in their essential oil form.

Capable of calming both the mind and skin, Tisserand offers a range of essential oils from roller treatment balls through to body mist, body oils and bath oil.

Why not treat yourself to the whole set and spend the evening unwinding in a haze of lavender? Start by adding the oil to a warm bath, where scents of lavender, geranium and patchouli will melt into the water, leaving your skin soft and your senses heightened.

After your relaxing soak, apply the ultra-nourishing body oil to your skin. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids, it will sink into your skin without leaving a residue, for a truly luxurious finish. Finally, spray the body mist and apply treatment roller balls to your wrists for the ultimate in calming evening rituals.

 

If you’re… in need of pampering

Arthouse Lady Muck body butter, £20

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If you don’t have a significant other to treat this Valentine’s Day, then ArtHouse Unlimited offers the perfect opportunity to help others as you take care of yourself. Their products are created by a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy or learning disabilities and 100 per cent of sales revenue goes towards supporting the enterprise.

All the designs are gorgeous, but our favourite is the gold and pink of the Lady Muck body butter. With a gorgeous design created by artist Peter Andrews, it’s not just the packaging that proves a treat. The cream itself is rich and luxurious, with delicate scents of bergamot and lavender—it’s as subtle as it is indulgent.

 

If you…have a desk job

Kneipp mini arnica massage oil in “Joint & Muscle”, £8

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There's nothing like sitting at a desk for bringing on stubborn aches and pains that feel impossible to shift. 

The good news? You don't need a partner to enjoy a shoulder massage. Combine this ultra-effective arnica massage oil from Kneipp with a self-massaging tool (you can find them in many high street stores, including the Body Shop) for an evening of self-indulgence. 

The oil is vegan-friendly and sourced sustainably, and the base of arnica and ginger extracts, shea butter as well as nourishing sunflower oil and moisturising almond oil work quickly to ease the knots and aches that come from office work. 

If you… need a good night’s sleep

Made by Coopers apothecary, Sleepy Head room and pillow mist, £15

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If you’ve been struggling with your sleep, then what better gift to yourself this Valentine’s than a soothing slumber? "Made by Coopers Apothecary" craft simple yet effective products designed to help you unwind and recharge.

Our favourite is their vegan-friendly Sleepy Head room and pillow mist. Scents of lavender, chamomile and frankincense have a powerful somniferous effect.

Simply spritz around your bed and pillow, change into your cosiest pyjamas, open a good book and you’ll find yourself drifting away before you’ve finished the first page. Bliss.

 

If you’re… getting over an ex

Bea skincare Recovery Treatment Eye Mask, £50 for 6 pairs

Bea skincare Recovery Treatment Eye Mask

If you’re not single by choice this Valentine’s Day, it’s possible your eyes are a little puffy and in need of some TLC. If that’s the case, look no further than Bea Skincare’s nourishing under-eye treatment masks, which work wonders for dehydrated or dull skin. Plus, they remain at a cool temperature, which will work to reduce any inflammation and redness. 

The secret to these wonder-masks lies in their skin boosting co-enzyme Q10 combined with skin-plumping collagen. Even if you’re not suffering from an aching heart, there’s nothing more calming than lying back with a mask under each eye, the scent of a soothing candle, and your favourite record playing in the background. Place them on while unwinding in a bubble bath for ultimate chill-time.