by Susie Kuse
It’s Valentine’s season, and Valentine’s is such a nice time of year for the spa. Maybe it’s because we’re getting sick of winter by now, and the spa is so warm and inviting and peaceful.
Or maybe for me it’s because I love roses so much. At my spa, we always had rose petals everywhere. When you came for a massage, there would be a pretty little square plate with rose petals on the massage table. Your therapist would slide it under the face cradle, so when you’re laying there you’re not staring at the floor. You’re looking at a plate full of rose petals.
We had bowls of them in the locker room, the meditation room, and on the concierge desk. The deck of the tub was strewn with them. And especially during Valentine’s season, we tossed them in the tub and the pedicure bowl too.
Of course, we also love that roses and rose oil are great for your skin. They’re anti-inflammatory and reduce redness. They’re astringent and antibacterial and great for people with oily or acneic skin. They’re loaded with vitamins C and E, help build collagen and are so moisturizing! They’re great for all skin types and their scent is so uplifting and calming.
By now though, most spas are booked for Valentine’s weekend. So if you’ve missed your opportunity to book the spa for Valentine’s - it happens to the best of us! - here’s a beautiful rose treatment you can try at home.
First, Create Your In-Home Spa Environment
You’ll need a few hand towels at a minimum. And a source of water. It can be your sink, or you can fill a big bowl with warm water. We loved to float a flower or some rose petals in a beautiful bowl of water in my spa.
Another thing we did was scent our towels. We would soak them in warm water with a few drops of an essential oil (like lavender or eucalyptus). Then we wring them out and roll them up, and put them in a hot towel cabi - ready for treatment.
You can get the same effect at home by soaking them in warm water, wringing them out and then spraying them with a scented mist or toner. You can make this by adding a few drops of an essential oil to water in a spray bottle. Or, from our store, you could try Herbal Dynamics Beauty Rose Water Calming Face Toner. Or any of their Essentials Hydrosol Mists - choose from cucumber, rose, tea tree, lavender or peppermint.
Speaking of cucumber, we had a fresh supply of cucumber or cucumber mint water on hand to quench your thirst. Strawberries are lovely for Valentine’s though, with their pretty red color and heart shaped slices. :) Don’t forget a pretty glass to add to the festivity!