As we all know, Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. So, you know, all that aside (because you don’t need us to tell you that the Superbowl of Date Nights is almost upon us) but let’s just say you’re planning a date night on that night – or any other night. What you’ll wear is super important, but the foundation of your whole look is touchable, soft, glowing skin.
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In the dead of winter, this can be no small feat to accomplish, particularly when racing between blast furnace heat and arctic winds. We’re here to help. Here are some of the best essentials to give you skin that’s silky smooth and so luminous your date will swear you travel with your own lighting crew. Check out our favorites for glowing date night skin.
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A great night starts with a good night before. This primer contains a blend of botanical boosters and Vitamin A to set up a smooth canvas for the next night's date makeup. Which, coincidentally, means you'll use less makeup overall.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturizing Primer, $34, ElizabethArden.com
Date night skin is hydrated skin, so lock in moisture right out of the shower with a gorgeous lotion that contains cocoa and shea butters for silky-smooth skin that will last all night.
Suave Skin Solutions Smoothing Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter with Shea, $4.79, drugstore.com
We all know that the best kind of date night makeup is the one that makes you look like you're not really wearing anything at all. Get them thinking in the naked direction with this cosmetics palette of the same name that can be used to create a flushed, healthy glow that's bound to get you noticed.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette, $30, available in February at Sephora
With a name like Endless Kiss, this body wash makes - and delivers on - all sorts of romantic inclinations. Packed with an oh-so-dreamy combination of skin-softening ingredients and an intoxicating, come-hither aroma of sandalwood and vanilla, it's gives you incredibly soft skin that's guaranteed to deliver.
Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash, $5.29, drugstore.com
Protect your skin with a cream that's packed with skin-softening and illuminating minerals that help give your face an added glow. The added bonus of SPF 15 ensures your glow will last a long, long time.
Pond's Luminous Moisture Day Lotion with SPF 15, $5.79, drugstore.com
Glowing skin gets a little help from a gorgeous body oil packed with Monoi de Tahiti oil in its purest state for amazingly hydrated skin that looks lit from within. The light tiare fragrance is light and natural, which means it won't compete with your favorite come-and-get-it fragrance, but it's so good you might just wear it on its own.
NARS Monoi Body Glow II, $59, sephora.com
Date night is the perfect time to show a little skin, so make sure yours is glowing above and below the neckline. These super-smart peel pads exfoliate gently with alpha-hydroxy acids and leaves behind a subtle-yet-noticeable glow thanks to a healthy dose of Vitamin D. Oh, and with regular use, they can also minimize the need for shaving, which comes in oh-so handy on those last-minute date nights.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Body with Active Vitamin D, $45, sephora.com
Puffy eyes can wreck even the best date night look, so apply these eye therapy patches, packed with ceramides, essential oils, and peptides, while you're getting ready to diminish dark circles and puffiness. In 30 minutes, you're good to go and each patch is reusable for up to three times...in case you're out late and need to use them again tomorrow morning. No judgments here.
Talika Eye Therapy Patch + Case, $65, nordstrom.com
The best thing about date night (at least in our opinion) is the opportunity to break out your most awesome lingerie, so why not primp and prime the night in a gorgeous bubble bath from one of the finest purveyors of the sexy stuff? Skin softening ingredients will give you glowing skin that's touchable and best-bra ready.
Agent Provocateur Bubble Luscious Bathing Bubble Wash, $52, agentprovocateur.com
Leave it to the French to create a luscious body oil that's packed with vitamins and can be used for your body, face, and hair. It absorbs rapidly and leaves soft, silken, gotta-touch-it skin and hair in its wake.
Votre Vu Amour D'Ore, $49, votrevu.com
Soothe date-night nerves - and exfoliate dry skin - with a gorgeous mineral soak that doubles as a body scrub. Anti-aging properties help with a youthful glow, the scent will help you unwax before tackling the ultimate question: what you're going to wear.
Calgon Ageless Bath Mineral Scrub and Soak, $6.49, drugstore.com
Getting a good night's sleep before your big date ensures glowing skin (and a pretty good disposition) that night. Be sure to apply this amazing Vitamin C-packed nighttime treatment that smoothes and soothes for spotlight-worthy skin the next day.
Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, $48, sephora.com