All the single ladies, put your hands up—there’s probably more of us out there than we realize. While it might sometimes feel like everyone is in some kind of a relationship except for you, a large majority of millennials and Gen Z-ers are single. It’s becoming more and more common to come across people in their twenties and thirties who have never even been in a relationship—but that doesn’t stop them from living happy, fulfilled lives.

FLYING SOLO


In fact, the opposite is true. Being single is great. You have more flexibility and time to yourself, as well as opportunities to explore hobbies and interests on your own. Doing these things can help you discover who you truly are on a deep level: your values, your passions, and what you deserve in life. People are more focused on their educations and careers, finding ways to be fulfilled whether or not they’ve found that special someone.

And contrary to popular belief, being single comes with its own health benefits, too. A CNN article on modern-day singlehood shares three separate studies that showed how single (unmarried) people had a tendency to be healthier both physically and emotionally.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR


Of course, that isn’t to say that the unpartnered life is for everyone. It’s also indisputably human to desire love and connection. As fun and freeing as it is to be on your own, there’s no shame in openly wanting to fall in love. And there’s nothing like Valentine’s season, with all its pink bouquets and heart-shaped chocolates, to remind you of that.

Sure, Valentine’s may be centered on romantic love, but it’s also as a great time as any to cultivate more self-love, regardless of whether you’re happily single or yearning for a connection. In the words of the uncannily wise RuPaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?

THE HEART-OPENING POWER OF CRYSTALS


This is where rose quartz comes in. It might sound a little woo-woo, but the crystal has had a long history of representing and attracting love in all its forms, be it self-acceptance, forgiveness and reconciliation, or, yes, romance. Referred to as “the crystal of unconditional love,” it cultivates compassion for oneself and for others, and can even aid in healing from heartbreak or emotional pain. Naturally, it’s also said to be a magnet for literally attracting lovers, if one so desires.

It speaks to the heart chakra, which can help open your heart to be more compassionate and even welcome in new love—whether for yourself or others. Rose quartz can also aid in giving you an outlet to express your emotions. Krystal Gasset, founder of The Ritual, says, “When (the heart) chakra is open, this allows the energy of receiving and giving love to others in relationships. This energy can also help heal the heart from heartbreak and past relationships. It also strengthens the unconditional love the universe has to offer.”

Ultimately, whether you’re looking for self-love or someone who makes your heart beat faster, rose quartz can help you attract what you want. There are many ways you can incorporate Rose quartz into your daily life, whether it’s as a charming accessory or a part of your beauty routine. Here are some options, in case you’re curious about how you can use the crystal of love to your advantage.

AS AN ACCESSORY

Cosmos MNL Rose Quartz Bracelet (10mm Bead Size), now on sale for P756 (limited time only)

The Cosmos MNL Rose Quartz Bracelet is comprised of several rose quartz beads. It’s simple enough to pair with any outfit. Said to be perfect for both cultivating self-love and attracting new love, this accessory is great for everyday use, whether you’re wearing it to the office for a self-confidence boost, or to a promising first date. According to Cosmos MNL, it “emits vibrations of love, beauty, and compassion. It’s a feel-good stone that nurtures, supports, and allows you to feel the most powerful energy in the universe: love.”

Stones for the Soul Love Crystal Energy Necklace (Rose Quartz, Crystal Quartz, Amethyst), now on sale for P649 (limited time only)

This necklace contains not only rose quartz, but crystal quartz and amethyst too, so it really makes the most of what these different crystals can offer. Aside from opening the heart with rose quartz, it harnesses the powers of amethyst for clarity and mental balance, as well as clear quartz (which is an amplifying crystal you can set intentions to—so if your intention is love, it will magnify the powers). The three different types of stones are alongside one another on a bar, which is attached to a simple princess-length stainless metal chain. It’s great to wear with more casual, bohemian-style outfits.

AS A BEAUTY TOOL

Modern Rituals by Hima Rose Quartz Gua Sha, now on sale for P479 (limited time only)

Gua shas are great for smoothening the skin, evening out complexion, clearing blemishes, and making your face look more rejuvenated overall. Add Rose quartz into the equation and you’ve got a superpower beauty tool that will also help balance and heal negative emotions as well as encourage compassion and peacefulness.

Modern Rituals by Hima Rose Quartz Facial Roller, now on sale for P574 (limited time only)

A crystal facial roller has similar benefits as a gua sha, but with the added perk of facilitating lymphatic drainage. This one has a large roller for your forehead, cheeks, and jawline, but also includes a smaller roller for your eye area, nose, and any other small nooks and crannies. The rose quartz facial roller is a perfect addition to any skincare routine, as it can help your skin absorb serums and essences.

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