Rose-Scented Products for Valentine’s Day

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by Elise Andersen, Lifestyle Staff Writer

Roses are red, violets are blue, and blue might be how some of us are feeling this Valentine’s Day. Another Hallmark holiday that reminds us if we don’t have a significant other. Although Feb. 14 might not be everyone’s favorite day of the year, there are plenty of ways to treat yourself this V-day, from seeing the new Fifty Shades film or sending yourself flowers. Or, you could buy yourself a few beauty products inspired by the holiday’s classic symbol: roses.

Rose-infused beauty products are taking the world by storm. From high-end to drugstore, countless brands are incorporating the flower of love into their newest releases. However, it’s not just an excuse for pretty packaging or a sweet scent. Rose water and rose oil, the main ingredients in many of these rose-inspired products, hold hydrating and soothing abilities as well as anti-inflammatory properties. The best part? These products are suitable for nearly any skin type and can be easily incorporated into your daily beauty regime. If you are new to the rose water scene, pick up Mario Badescu’s cult-favorite Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rose Water. This product is the perfect toner or setting spray and can be applied throughout the day as a revitalizing pick-me-up. Used regularly, it adds moisture to your skin and creates the perfect dewy glow. Plus, at only $7 a bottle, it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Applying a luxurious face mask is one of the best ways to pamper yourself. A tried-and-true favorite is the Fresh Rose Face Mask, a gentle yet effective gel mask that holds two-and-a-half roses per jar. Its moisturizing power is the ideal solution for that dry, dull winter skin. Store it in the fridge for a cooling effect with every application. Bath and Body Works also recently hopped aboard the rose water train with their Rose Water Body Milk. Not only does this soothing lotion hold all of the moisturizing properties of rose water, it also carries a subtle rose fragrance. Lather yourself up in this lotion right before bed and you are guaranteed to have romantic dreams all night long.

Last but certainly not least is the one-stop-shop for the perfect bubble bath: Lush. The handmade cosmetics company created a line of limited edition products to get you to feel the love this Valentine’s Day. If you are lucky enough to have a bathtub in your college quarters, indulge in the Rose Bombshell, a bath bomb chock-full of real rose petals that will leave your bath water pink (and Instagram-ready) and your skin glowing. For everyday shower use, the Rose Jam Shower Gel combines lemon and rose to create an invigorating, refreshing lather that will linger till morning.

No matter your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, there is always time to show yourself some love. Spoil yourself with a new supply of rose beauty products and you will be feeling floral from head-to-toe for longer than just Feb. 14.

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