by Alexandra Samuel
Bill DiodatoHappy Valentines Day!! Whether you feel like celebrating or not, there are roses everywhere. And, while the stems aren't my all-time favorite flower, I secretly cross my fingers that I'll get a few because they are so ridiculously good for your skin. (Confession: If I don't get a dozen, I totally buy them during the post-Valentines sales.)
Roses are not only super soothing and super nourishing, but they've got built-in-toners to get you glowing. I mean, throwing them out when they start to wilt is like tossing out a gift certificate for a facial. Here's my secret to making the most of your bouquet:
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Drop a bouquet of rose petals into a big bowl, top with almost-boiling water, lean over the bowl and (carefully!) tent your head with a towel for as long as you can stand it, but no more than ten minutes or so.
Then, if I'm feeling extra decadent (because #TreatYoSelf, right?), I take those the water-soaked buds and make a mask.
Drain about two flowers' worth of petals and crush them in a bowl. You can use a mortar and pestle if you have one, but I just use a bowl and a the bottom of jar of spices. (PS: You can also save the liquid and use it as a rosewater spray for a quick refresh.)
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Once your petals are good and smashed, you have some options. If you tend to have drier skin, add a teaspoon of your favorite face oil and a teaspoon of honey for major moisture. On the oilier side? Mix in two teaspoons of full-fat Greek yogurt and a teaspoon of honey -- the the yogurt's lactic acid will exfoliate while the honey hydrates.
Stir everything together really well and use a brush to paint the mask over your skin and neck. Once you're covered, sit still, since this mask can drip quite a bit. After about ten minutes, use a warm washcloth to wipe away the face-bouquet and voila -- your mug is suddenly brighter, smoother and soothed. That's amore, right?