Do you have a Sunday night ritual? A routine that winds you down after a long busy week, or pumps you up so you can kick Monday morning in the behind? I didn’t really have a proper routine until recently, when I realised how much easier it is to deal with the prospect of Monday after a big bliss-out session. Waking up feeling refreshed and clear-skinned is always a desirable way to start a new week, so here is my guide to the ultimate Sunday night pamper session.
Step 1: Make and eat a delicious dinner.
If you missed our recipe for the most amazing Chicken Roast that will ever pass your lips, make sure you catch up here. Now that it’s getting cooler (here in Melbourne anyway), I love something to make something a bit hearty that I actually put some effort into, rather than opening the nearest packet of frozen vegetables. Must be the wannabe domestic goddess in me bursting to come out, poor thing has been repressed for a while.
Step 2: Have a warm bath/shower with yummy additions.
Baths ain’t baths these days, and the simple act of putting hot water into a tub just isn’t going to cut it; it’s all about the latest salts, oils or bombs. And I’m not complaining at all, I love it. You’ll find my hot but not scalding water infused with either the Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts (if you’re going to use these, make sure you have your bath before bed for an instant deep sleep) or the Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil, which is a bit of a mouthful, and also pretty nifty at moisturising and softening your skin. If you aren’t the owner of a bathtub, don’t feel left out. There are some gorgeous milks and gels out there just desperate to jazz up your shower time, check out Lush’s Dreamwash Shower Smoothie. Yum.
Step 3: The ultimate self-facial (aka my favourite part of Sunday night).
This is where I go to town on my skincare collection, giving an airing to those things that have been hiding away collecting dust all week. Exfoliators are front and centre here. Because there is no better way to usher in a new week by scrubbing two layers of skin from your face, right? Kidding. Ella Bache’s Fruit Enzymes, and Ren’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask do the trick here. (Not on the same night though. I don’t actually want my face to fall off).
Deep cleansing is nailed with an extra-thorough use of an essential oil balm, serums don’t come much better than the Aesop Oil Free Hydrating Serum, and moisturisation comes in the form of the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, or my new skincare staple, the Verso Night Cream. Limbs are smothered with some delicious MooGoo Skin Milk Udder cream. I’ll follow up on Monday morning with the quick use of a brightening mask, like the Elemis Fruit Active Rejuvenating mask, mostly because it smells delicious, like strawberries…oh and it’s excellent at taking the ‘I just crawled out of my warm, comfortable bed and I’d give anything to be back in there’ tinge out of your skin on Monday morning.
Step 4: Nail rehab.
Because I have, you know, a life during the week, I’m often too lazy busy to deal with chipped polish. Give yourself 20 minutes tonight to sort that situation out. My self-manicures often look as if they are the proud handiwork of a two year old, so I favour the one-swipe coverage that the polishes from Kit Cosmetics give, which suits this clumsy gal just fine.
Step 5: Read a book/Watch your favourite TV show/Listen to music/Do an interpretive dance.
Whatever you love to do to get you out of your head for a little while, do it tonight. Halfway through the first Hunger Games book? Get into it, you’ve got some catching up to do! Need a bit of My Kitchen Rules action before you can deal with Monday? Hey, me too! How rigged does it seem this year?
Step 6: Herbal tea and an early night.
Pretty self-explanatory: Get some peppermint or chamomile tea into you and have an early lights-out. Make an easy transit to the land of nod with a spritz of this pillow spray, and an excellent meditation app, like Simply Being. It’s like anesthetic in app form.
Do you have a Sunday night ritual? Share your routine/suggestions in the comments!