5 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Self Care
Valentine’s Day is traditionally all about romance, but it’s also an opportunity to practice self-care and show yourself some love with our 5 best Valentine’s day gifts for self-care in 2021. While no one has escaped pandemic-related stress, the burden of balancing the changes to work and family life have fallen heavily on women and mothers, so finding a moment for yourself this Valentine’s Day is more important than ever. Take some time to relax, enjoy a few vegan chocolate mousse strawberries, and treat yourself to something that will make you feel good. If you need ideas, here are some new self-care products that I’ve been loving lately.
Volition Beauty Yaupon Tea Glow-Awakening Moisturizer, $39
Why I Love It: If winter has dulled your glow, this moisturizer is the perfect remedy. The key ingredient is yaupon holly, hailed as the new matcha for its high caffeine content, which calms redness and puffiness and energizes tired skin. Bakuchiol, a natural retinol-alternative, works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing imperfections. Although it’s suitable for all skin types, the cooling effect and hyper-hydration feels amazing on dry skin and people with combination skin swear by its ability to bring balance to their complexions.
More to Love: All Volition Beauty products are clean (no sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or harmful ingredients), cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free.
Resorè Face Towels, $35
Why I Love It: If you’ve tried every lotion and potion under the sun, but you still suffer from breakouts, the problem might just be the towel you use to dry your face every day. This is the idea behind Resorè, which aims to improve your skin by replacing your towels. Traditional towels—even the high-end ones—harbor bacteria. This means whenever you use them to dry your face, you’re introducing additional bacteria to your body’s microbiome, potentially throwing it off balance. Resorè towels are made with fast-drying plant-based cellulose fibers, Lyocell, and Silverbac, which prevents odors and eliminates 99.9% of bacterial growth. They’re also hypoallergenic and super soft, so they don’t cause irritation on delicate facial skin. If there’s one self-care product you treat yourself to this Valentine’s Day, make it this!
More to Love: Resorè towels are sustainably-made and, because they dry fast, you don’t have to wash them as often as traditional towels, reducing your water use.
BITE Beauty Upswing Full-Volume Mascara, $28
Why I Love It: I’ve been a fan of BITE for a long time and I was elated when they finally came out with mascara because I knew it was going to be good. I was not wrong! BITE’s version of clean mascara won’t smudge and flake all over your face after a few hours’ time. It uses tree berry wax as a plant-based alternative to beeswax, which yields buildable coverage with a lightweight volume and absolutely incredible length for a cleaner formula mascara. I like using a single swipe for natural, everyday wear and layering to create a more dramatic look.
More to Love: All BITE Beauty products are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. They’re powered by superfood ingredients and each item undergoes stringent testing for safety, allergens, and efficacy.
Wildling Body Gua Sha Aura Collection, $149
Why I Love It: I shared Wildling’s body gua sha here before, but their Aura Collection set is the ultimate self-care gift for Valentine’s Day. In addition to the body gua sha (Aura Stone), it includes an Aura Sweeper (dry brush), Aura Activator, and Aura Oil. Use each of these items as part of the Aura Body Ritual, which stimulates lymph flow, releases tense muscles, and smooths rippled skin. Somehow, you end up feeling both relaxed and invigorated afterwards, which is something we can all use right now, right?
More to Love: While most gua sha stones are made from quartz, Wildling makes their version with Bian stone, an amalgamate of over 40 minerals that are known for their healing properties in Chinese medicine.
bareMinerals Strength & Length Serum-Infused Brow Gel, $22
Why I Love It: bareMinerals made its name by formulating clean beauty products that offer both functional and cosmetic benefits, and their brow gel is no exception. Whether you choose clear gel or one of three shades, you’ll get the shape and control you expect from brow gel, with the added bonus of a brow-enhancing serum that uses Red Clover Flower and peptides for strong, fuller eyebrows in just eight weeks. Because this gel is dual-purpose, it makes it easier for me to commit to using it daily, unlike a typical growth serum that I would forget to consistently apply.
More to Love: bareMinerals is committed to 100 percent cruelty-free beauty products that are also free of parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other harmful ingredients.
Check out MAED’s shop for more valentine presents for yourself. It has all of our favorite picks for self-care, beauty, cooking, and more.