This Valentine’s Day marks the first celebration of the uber-romantic holiday since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in favor of marriage equality. The June ruling from the highest court in the land was unquestionably historic, giving thousands of committed same-sex couples the opportunity to find their happily ever after.
While many couples will be exchanging chocolates and roses this February 14, the holiday presents a great opportunity to have some real fun in the bedroom. But you don’t have to install a complicated contraption to pump some steam into your relationship. That said, if the swing is calling your name, then more power to you!
All you need to get your blood flowing is a few days of simple skin prep. This regimen works for tough, callused skin and sensitive skin alike! And trust us… these steps will leave your partner and your body’s largest organ thanking you.
Take these all-natural tips to heart and you’ll be well on your way to soft, glowing skin just in time for Valentine’s Day:
- REVIVE. Exfoliating is an integral component to any balanced skincare routine. Exfoliating regularly will help you achieve smooth, healthy-looking skin, while also improving your skin tone. The key to a good scrub is ridding your skin of dry, dead and dull cells, allowing new skin cells to shine through. Consider using an organic coffee, sugar or salt scrub – depending on your skin type, of course. Coffee is a natural stimulant that’s packed with anti-oxidants and will help address cellulite-prone problem areas. Sugar, on the other hand, is a humectant that helps skin hold onto moisture. What’s more, it serves as a natural source of glycolic acid, which boosts skin firmness by targeting the deepest layers of your skin. Sea salt scrubs are also a fan favorite as they can help detox the skin and reduce inflammation. Reaching for your exfoliant 2-3 times a week is sure to do the trick.
- REFRESH. In addition to reviving your skin with a good scrub, it is imperative to tone and moisturize your skin daily. Whether you have breakout-prone skin or tired, aging skin, a little toner and moisturizer go a long way. Toners help balance skin pH and keep it from becoming too oily or dry. That said, using the wrong kind can do more harm than good. Many on store shelves are full of skin-drying alcohols, added fragrances and other damaging ingredients, making all-natural toners the best choice. Consider using apple cider vinegar (treats breakouts), rosewater (calms and soothes) or coconut water (hydrates). Follow your toner with a moisturizer that only uses organic ingredients, such as aloe vera, green tea extract or vitamin E. Skin pro-tip: if it has ingredients you can’t pronounce, stay away!
RELAX. Once your skin is in tip-top shape, it’s time to start planning the big night. Are you over the cliché expensive dinners and cheesy greeting cards? Look no further than a luxurious, skin-soothing bath soak. The indulgent concoctions are a fantastic way to spend the romantic holiday – what could be better than soaking your cares away? Most soaks use magnesium sulfate, which helps draw toxins out of the body and relieve stress, plus essential oils that add a multitude of benefits. Behind The Sangria offers a heavenly selection of soaks to choose from, including Grapefruit Bellini, Eucalyptus Martini and Lavender Nightcap. The best part? You can enjoy these skin treatments solo or with your partner.
Your soft, revitalized skin is sure to get the blood flowing – your loved one won’t be able to keep their hands to themselves. Cheers to that!
P.S. Single lovers, fear not! You don’t have to be taken to treat yourself with some good old fashioned pampering this Valentine’s Day. Pour yourself a glass of wine and indulge!